Cigar Geeks Geek Critique
Cigar Geeks Rating
Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member Beegerply (Byron). The cigar provided for this round is the http://www.cigargeeks.com/cigardb/default.asp?action=showcig&cigar_id=195976">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.
|This cigar was enjoyed with Water|
Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible
A few veins and bumps, a light sheen, a quadruple cap, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and the cold draw was moderately open. Pre-light aroma gave a whiff of rich tobacco.
Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible
The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn was slightly wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the slightly loose ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. The burn continued slightly wavy but self-correcting through the 2nd third and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. It was a bit of a fast-burner, clocking in at well under an hour from light to nub.
Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible
As mentioned above under "Pre-light" (and these two sections should be combined into one, IMO): A few veins and bumps, a light sheen, a quadruple cap, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and the cold draw was moderately open. Post-light, the draw was open enough to produce copious amounts of smoke.
Flavor and Aroma: 41 Points of 45 Possible
The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, black coffee, leather, and spice, and a hint of sweetness. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors staying consistent through the first third after which the leather note gradually ramped a bit until it gained a slight predominance by the last third with the other flavors maintaining throughout. Very tasty, overall, and pretty close to my wheelhouse for a fuller blend. Strength was about medium.
Excellent smoke, this one, with great full-bodied flavors and very good construction. The only complaint is it didn't last long enough. Would definitely smoke this one again and will since Byron was kind enough to send two of them. Thanks for letting me participate, Byron!
Humidor time: 19 days
Humidimeter reading: Head - 59, foot - 57
Burn time: 0:51