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November 14, 2020

Dissident Tirade (5 1/2 x 46)

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.

Tirade is a San Andres wrapped blend using an Ecuadorian binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. It’s available in one size – a 5 1/2 x 46 Corona Gorda. It is presented in 20-count boxes with each cigar priced at $10.00.

Wrapper: San Andres Mexican

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Corona Gorda: 5 1/2 x 46

The cigar is very well made and very dark. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a pronounced orange citrus, brown sugar, light cinnamon, dark chocolate, dark roasted, full bodied black coffee, and a dry pasty nutmeg. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. The cigar tastes very powerful.

At the first third (24 minutes) the orange citrus notes have increased making the cigar sweeter. The brown sugar and cinnamon are still there, as well as the nutmeg, dark chocolate, and black coffee. The dark chocolate is not as pronounced but the black coffee comes through in abundance. You must smoke this cigar very slowly in order to get the best flavors. It burns very slowly and will not burn evenly if you go too fast. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is nutmeg and a touch of orange citrus with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. You have some very nice front end flavors and a lot of deep rear end flavors. I rated the first third 94.

As I moved through the second third (47 minutes) the nice, sweet orange citrus has changed to an orange peel. I don't see this happen often. The brown sugar still give it sweetness but not quite as much. The nutmeg is elevated. The black coffee is also elevated. The dark chocolate, which is unsweetened, just floats between the nutmeg and black coffee in a rather low amount. The black pepper is at least what it was and seems to be slightly increased. The finish is unchanged but the lingering black pepper has moved up. Even with the abrupt change from straight orange citrus to orange peel the cigar did not lose much appeal. I rated the second third 93.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 3 minutes. In the final third the sweetness bounced back a little. The lead flavor went back to an orange citrus but the sweetness was not to the level of the first third. The nutmeg remains pronounced, as well as the black coffee. The dark chocolate continues to float near the bottom of the flavors due to the high level of black coffee. The cigar remains full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This was a good, powerful, dark noted cigar with nice sweetness. I rated the final third 93.

Overall Score: 93.33

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