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Dissident Tirade (2020)
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brlesq

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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 Stella Artois

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar has a dark brown, mottled rustic-looking wrapper which was dry and had small bumps, but no visible veins. Had a nice triple cap that cut cleanly.  The funky font on the band reminded me of graffiti and was kind of cool, but the large lightning bolt on the band was the identical bolt that Gatorade utilizes on some of its products. The cold draw reminded me of Dr. Pepper.

Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The burn line was perfect and razor sharp from the start, and never required a touch up. It produced one inch of light gray ash at a time before being tapped off, and lots of smoke volume.  Burned slow and cool.

Construction: 22 Points of 30 Possible

My cigar was solidly rolled, with no soft spots and a heavy feel to it for a smaller cigar. The wrapper was a bit frail and chipped off about 1/2" below the cap right after I started to smoke it. It also chipped off in a couple of other spots as the cigar progressed, but these didn't seem to affect the smoking experience other than being a slight annoyment.

Flavor and Aroma: 44 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar was not complex, but was quite enjoyable.  It started off a dark, chewy profile: Earth, gingerbread, black pepper and even cola. By the second half the black pepper was receding, and the earthiness became smoother and creamier, but nothing else changed much.  It was medium-full in body and strength from start to finish.


A cigar doesn't always need to be complex to be enjoyable.  The Tirade was the right size cigar to pull that off, with flavors that matched my palate and a perfect burn. Definitely one that I will seek out.

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