Dissident Releasing Rant, Rave and Tirade

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On Monday morning, Dissident announced that it will be releasing three new lines this week, Rant, Rave and Tirade.

“This has been a project that has taken quite some time to bring to fruition,” said Benjamin Holt, owner of Dissident, via a press release. “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.”

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Rant uses a Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper, Ecuadorian binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It is being offered in a 4 1/2 x 46 petite corona vitola priced at $10, before taxes.

Rave uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, as well as Pennsylvania broadleaf. It is being released in a 5 1/2 x 52 box pressed robusto that is priced at $10.50.

Rounding out the new trio is Tirade, a 5 1/2 x 46 corona gorda that uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It is priced at $11 per cigar.

Each of the three new lines is offered in 20-count boxes and is made at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua. Holt noted that the three cigars are “very distinctly different.”

As for production numbers, Holt refers to them as “small batched” cigars rather than limited editions.

“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.”

With the addition of the three new lines, Dissident’s portfolio now stands at six lines.

After Holt acquired the brand in January 2019, he announced plans to update the Bloc and Soap Box lines, both of which are regular production, as well as HOME, an annual limited edition. Those shipped in September 2019, with the second release of HOME shipping in March 2020.

Images courtesy of Dissident Cigars.

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