Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Dissident Tirade (2020)
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member Beegerply (Byron). The cigar provided for this round is the">Dissident Tirade (2020).

Revitalized in 2019, Dissident cigars returned after a four-year hiatus, having changed ownership and moved production to Black Label Trading Company's Fábrica Oveja Negra. With updated artwork and reworked blends, Dissident cigars prioritizes quality components and construction, utilizing traditional methods but with a rebellious approach that defies complacency.

The Tirade cigar is a single-vitola line, offered in a 5.5" x 46 Corona Gorda size, and comprises a Mexican San Andrés wrapper with an Ecuadorian binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Though not a special-edition series, the Tirade isn't a regular-production cigar from Dissident and instead is created in small batches at a slightly greater frequency than what Dissident would consider pure, special-edition lines.

Dissident Tirade (2020)

Tirade (2020)
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Corona Extra
Average Member Rating:
4 star rating based on 1 Review(s) (1 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

Extremely dark wrapper with minimal veins. Slightly oily to the touch. The cigar is firm.

The cigar smells dark, dark earth and tobacco with a hint of wood. It smells delicious.

Not a huge fan of the band, its fine, almost seems too big for the cigar with the giant lightning.

Very nice looking cigar that smells fantastic.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The draw is really good, and the plentiful smoke volume is a direct result.

Ash holds for almost 1 inch increments. Standard salt and pepper in color, pretty solid.

The burn line on one of the cigars was a tab bit wonky but the second cigar it's near perfect.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

The wrapper and cap are very nicely applied. Good draw and solid feel to the cigar. The cap split a little when using a punch cut, no biggie, small piece removed.

The cigars performed flawlessly. One was a little tighter then the other but no real complaints. No issues with construction.

Flavor and Aroma: 36 Points of 45 Possible

This is where I'm conflicted.

The main notes are pepper spice, dark tobacco, soil(dirt) and a touch of wood here and there. The cigar is kind of a one trick pony, doesn't really deviate much from this.

I've got to be in the right mood for something this earthy and dark. It's not overly strong but the flavors are pretty heavy. There's a lingering pepper on the tongue the whole time. I can't decide, even after smoking 2 of these if I really enjoy it or just kind of enjoy it.


Thanks to Byron for supplying the cigars and sponsoring the critique. It was cool to be able to smoke 2 of them for the review.

The cigar isn't bad, it's a chonker. Heavy but not strong...well Medium Full for sure but not overwhelming. The performance was near perfect so all I had to do was pay attention to the profile.

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