So, to get our facts straight:
* Flatbed is the maker, up in Bucks County PA
* the cigars are rolled in the Dominican by I dunno factory
* the cigar line is called Panacea
* the distributor is Cigar Volante
* “White” refers to the white label… there are white, black, red, etc., each referring to a line of cigars
* corojo of course is the wrapper
* bolt is the strange size — 4 x 50 — a shorty robusto
Construction is impeccable. A dark, glossy, fine grained wrapper. Nearly odorless. Smells grassy at the foot. Tastes creamy, with a hint of pepper on the lips. Uncaps in a snap. Easy draw unlit. Mild grassy flavor unlit.
Fires up readily just toasting the foot with one match. At first puff, the taste is bitter leather. But that disappears soon as it settles in. Then I get hay. As the cherry grows, the hay sweetens. Some vanilla sneaks in to the retrohale. I get ample smoke. The ash is tight and white; but surprisingly, it falls at each 5/8”. There’s an excellent aroma in the room, like vanilla and dry grass. The whole experience is as soft and smooth as a mink coat laid on a silk sheet (what was her name?). Now, here is where it gets strange: Midway through this thing, I get what I can best describe as maple syrup on a waffle. No, I know that’s odd; I only report. Smooth, sweet, aromatic. If I had to bidge about this thing, it would be that it’s way too short. Anything nice as this deserves to last three hours. As it was, I could barely milk it maybe 55 minutes. By then, I had a one inch nub too hot to touch. Down by the nub, she started shedding shreds. But even though the nub got hot, the smoke was smooth throughout. I ought to have fetched a Freddie Freeloader toothpick and smoked it until my mustache sizzled.
Afterwards, I enjoyed a pleasant maple syrup stinkfinger. This morning, I awoke to the exact flavor of the smoke, smooth grass and maple syrup in my morning mouth. Bearswatter cooked up omelet, sweet Italian sausage, toasted home made bread with local organic raspberry honey, and espresso mixed half and half with hot half and half. That Panacea morning mouth was just delicious with breakfast. No wheeze.
I score this four and a half out of five. Would be a fat five if I’d only had the good sense to buy a longer one. Or two; I could have smoked two in succession. Flatbed is flat out da eximious bom.
To which I responded:
“Eximious” I like it. You are the first other than me to describe the maple syrup (that I am aware of). Try it with a warm-clime Viognier (hints of butterscotch) or a Harvest Ale with the malted barley, caramel flavor, Murphy’s Irish Amber, for example. Orgasmi-gar! This is what wine/cigar pairing beer/cigar pairing is all about. By the way, we have our own factory run by the guy that used to be the head of quality control for Davidov and reputed to have been Henke Kelnor’s private roller. Catch my calendar (www.cigarvolante.com) we will be at Hidden Brook Winery on Saturday then taking the Tour de Panacea, E! and I will be riding out to some of our wineries, probably spending Sunday night in the Leesburg area before riding back down on Monday. The following week is Sans Soucy Shrimp Festival (Virginia Shrimp – there is a tobacco related story) and Sept 15, 16 at the Virginia Wine Festival (www.VirginiaWineFest.com). I will stock up on the Hitch Pin, the larger Corojo ;-). CV .