Cigar Review: Panacea Black (Perfecto)

Size: 6×51, Perfecto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Cuban-seed Seco, Ligero, Olor Dominicano, and Nicaraguan

Strength: Mild-Medium

Price: Box of 20, $142.99

Grade: 8.8

Back in October of 2009, we reviewed the Panacea Black from Flatbed Cigar Company and had a very bad experience with the flavor profile. Each sample was very young and, after posting the review, I was contacted by the owner, Paul Bush. He notified me that based on the described profile, he sent me aging stock rather than shelf stock. He sent us some additional samples for review and that is what you’ll find today, a re-review of the Panacea Black. Our original review was of the Toro, while today we are reviewing the Perfecto.

To view my original take and to learn a bit more about Flatbed, click here.

Appearance, 1.7:
The Perfecto shape on the Black is a very nice touch and is rolled excellently. There were no soft spots to mention and the cigar was nicely packed throughout with a fairly even foot and a triple-capped head. The pre-light draw was medium and produced a very clean flavor, with notes of nuts in the background, which matched the aroma. The mint noted in the first sample was not present here, so it seems that the age has benefited the stick.

Burn, 1.8:
The burn on the Perfecto was excellent; the ash help wonderfully through the narrow foot and required no touch-ups. The ash was nicely colored and layered and produced billowy smoke throughout. The burn line went hilly from time to time but never formed a v.

Flavor, 2.7:
The flavor on the Black did not move much beyond what you would expect from a mild-bodied and flavored Ecuadorian Connecticut cigar – smooth, creamy, and nutty. The only departure was a mild pepper in the back of the throat which came and went throughout. There was no bite to the Black and it coated the palate very well. Though there wasn’t a large amount of complexity, the Black was very consistent and smoked smooth throughout.

Overall, 2.6:
A bit odd, a box of the Perfecto is priced nearly $30 higher than any of the other three sizes. In my opinion the price hike is not worth the money and I would choose the Toro or Torpedo before picking up the Perfecto. The Panacea Black Perfecto comes in at just over $7 a stick when purchased in a box, which is a bit high in my opinion – there are several other sticks I’d pick up in the price range first. You can however get the Robusto for around $5, which is definitely something I’d keep a five pack of in my humidor.

(Total: 8.8)