Dissident Cigars, with new owner Benjamin Holt, returns to the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show after being revived as a brand earlier this year.

The last time the brand had a booth it was 2015, but after falling off the radar for several years it is back with the three lines it is best known for: Bloc, Soapbox and HOME, all of which have gotten an updated look and a reworked blend courtesy of Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Dissident Bloc
Gone is the video-game design and the vitola names that were nods to cheat codes, as Bloc returns with a punk rock theme.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Maduro)
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Dissident Bloc BP Robusto (5 5/8 x 46) — $10.25 (Box of 20, $205)
  • Dissident Bloc BP Toro (6 1/4 x 52) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • Dissident Bloc BP Lonsdale (7 x 42) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Dissident HOME 2019
Like its predecessors, the 2019 version of HOME will be a limited edition, though Holt is not disclosing the production numbers. What was once a Honduran puro now gets tobaccos from Ecuador and Nicaragua, including a dual wrapper.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Maduro & Corojo)
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Dissident HOME 2019 (6 x 54) — $14 (Box of 20, $280)

Production: n/a

Release Date: Late July/Early Aug 2019

Dissident Soapbox
What was once a Nicaraguan puro now uses tobaccos from Brazil, Ecuador and Nicaragua as it becomes one of the two core lines, along with Bloc, in Dissident’s portfolio.

  • Wrapper: Brazil
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Soapbox Petite Corona (4 3/4 x 46) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)
  • Soapbox Robusto (5 1/2 x 52) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Soapbox Toro Gordo (6 3/4 x 54) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

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Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.