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November 17, 2020

Dissident Rant (4 1/2 x 46 Petite Corona)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)

Dissident Cigars has announced three small-batch lines – Rant, Rave, and Tirade. These are three new blends that are being incorporated into the portfolio.

If the names sound familiar, they were originally vitola names in the Dissident Soapbox when the brand was first introduced in 2013. When Benjamin Holt acquired the brand, he overhauled the Soapbox line and used more traditional names. Now the Rant, Rave, and Tirade line have all new life.

“This has been a project that has taken quite some time to bring to fruition. Of course, COVID-19 has created some issues that many of us have had to overcome, but I am happy that these cigars can finally be released. They are all three very distinctly different. There is something for everybody in this line up,” stated Benjamin Holt in a press release.

Holt continues, “I am referring to these as ‘small batched’ cigars rather than ‘limited edition’ because they don’t meet my personal definition of ‘limited edition’. And I intend to release these more frequently than ‘limited edition’ cigars have traditionally been released.”

Dissident Cigars are produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua. The brand is distributed by Oveja Negra Brands.

Rant features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. It is available in one size – a 4 1/2 x 46 Petite Corona. It is presented in 20-count boxes with each cigar priced at $10.00.

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Petite Corona: 4 1/2 x 46

The cigar is short and dark. It has an average feel in the hand for a petit corona.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, citrus peel, brown sugar, light caramel, leathery nutmeg, and earthy black coffee. There was nice black pepper rated at an 8, minimum. The cigar is sweet and dark with earthy qualities.

At the first third (27 minutes) the flavors continue just like they started. The sweeter notes have risen to match the earthy black coffee. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is orange peel, nutmeg, and a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar has nice flavors and power. I rated the first third 94.

As I moved through the second third (52 minutes) all the flavor notes are still in play. The finish is now nutmeg, orange peel, and black coffee. There is still a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar is full bodied. This is a little powerhouse with good flavor. I held the score of 94 for the second third.

The cigar lasted an impressive 1 hour 11 minutes. Not bad for a petit corona. This has been a consistent cigar. All the notes are still in play but now there is one flavor addition; chocolate. It hasn't had an impact until now but it works well with the other notes. The cigar was full bodied pretty much from the start. Lots of dark notes with plenty of sweet notes. I held the score of 94 for the final third.

Overall Score: 94

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