Tuesday, February 11, 2014

dissident SoapBox Rave

After my run of breakfast cigar reviews the last week I am excited to get going on the dissident SoapBox Rave.

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 5.5  x 52 Rave
  • Wrapper:  Jalapa
  • Binder: Double Esteli
  • Filler: Nicaraguan  Jalapa Esteli Congdega
  • Cutting Method: Xikar guillotine
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $8.49 Samples provided by dissident Cigars.
dissident SoapBox Rave
Right out of the cellophane I knew this would be another great stick. The seamless wrapper was nearly vein free and the cigar was tightly packed full length. I can only think of one word to describe my initial thoughts on the cold aroma coming from the foot of the SoapBox; Enticing. To the nose there was a nice mix of dried fruit, rich tobacco and a hint of oak. Once the end was clipped the same flavor mix left a lingering aftertaste on my palate.

After toasting and lighting the cigar's foot, the first flavors were white pepper, leather and brown sugar. After the few initial draws the pepper dropped off leaving a medium bodied mix of brown sugar and leather for most of the first half. Once the burn reached the mid point the flavor mix became pretty interesting and complex. For the next two inches the strength built more into the medium/full range and nearly each draw had a different flavor. The second half flavor mix consisted of oak, coffee, buttery sweet cream, white pepper, earth, brown sugar, rich tobacco and a bit of tart citrus. Like I said, I thought the mix was complex and interesting. I did test flavors from several retro hales and found mild oak and then nuts as the burn progressed.

I'm a pretty fast smoker at times and with a 70 minute burn time, this cigar is above average for it's size. As the cigar burned it created a nice plume of nutty scented  smoke and it left behind a light/dark gray semi firm ash that held on up the mid point.

The SoapBox Rave was another great cigar from dissident Cigars. It had great flavor coupled with a nice long burn time. As of right now dissident Cigars are only available from a few select retailers, but there is a list you can contact on the dissident website. If you track one of these down, I am sure you will find it worth while. I did!

Rating: 94