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November 15, 2020

Dissident Rave (5 1/2 x 52 Box Pressed)

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.

Rave is an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapped blend that uses an Ecuadorian binder and a combination of Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Pennsylvania Broadleaf fillers. It’s available in one size – a 5 1/2 x 50 box-pressed Robusto. It is presented in 20-count boxes with each cigar priced at $10.50.

The cigar is well made and golden brown in color. It has a light feel in the hand.

The test draw was effortless after cutting the cap. The initial flavors at light up were a cedar with notes of apple, brown sugar, touch of cream, and a lot of earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. 

At the first third (20 minutes) the apple flavor is subdued and seems to be moving away. But the brown sugar notes have increased. So, the cedar now has elevated brown sugar notes attached. There is still plenty of black pepper and the black coffee base. It's odd but I do not get any nutmeg in this cigar. There are a lot of bottom level notes and very nice upper level sweet notes. I rated the first third 93.

Moving through the second third (39 minutes) the cedar, brown sugar, and cream became very faint. The earthy black coffee and black pepper remained very elevated. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar took a big dip. Oddly enough the cigar is not that bad since the sweeter flavors are there but they are faint. I rated the second third 90.

The cigar lasted only 53 minutes. That's too fast for a 5 1/2 x 52. If you remember I mentioned the draw was effortless. The cigar was not soft but it burned very fast. In the final third the sweeter notes made a small comeback. I got more cedar, brown sugar, and cream. The earthy black coffee and black pepper remained quite elevated. The cigar ended medium to full bodied. I rated the final third 91. 

Overall Score: 91.33

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