The Dissident Bloc was released in 2013 and was the second release from Dissident Cigars. The look of the Dissident Bloc brings me back to the mid 80's, which happens to be center of my childhood. It harkens back to 8-bit graphics and Italian guys looking for princesses. The Bloc is one of those cigars that I had seen around and heard a lot about, but had never smoked.
Logan sat down with Gweedo and Red Ryan at IPCPR. Be prepared for the "effin."
Size: Jerad - 6 1/4 x 52, Rob - 7 x 43
Vitola: Jerad - Toro, Rob - Lancero
Wrapper: Habano Jalapa
Binder: Jalapa (double binder)
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli), Mexico
MSRP: ~ $10
Samples for review provided by Dissident Cigars
Quick Note: We used the CigarFederation Rating System
Overall CigarFederation Average Rating: 90 AKA "Box Split"
Jerad's Review - 90 AKA "Box Split"
I have to state the obvious first, the 8-bit graphics design is simply awesome. I still remember buying the first Nintendo, so the bands are so cool. As are the sizes, ever play the original Contra? The sizes are laid out like the cheat code for 30 lives. The prelight aroma is pretty mouth watering, by itself. There is a semi creamy cocoa scent, with a sweet, natural tobacco note. The cold draw is perfect, with a slight tingle and a lot of dry cedar notes. Time to “Press Start”.
The Dissident Bloc starts off, by backing up the prelight, with some great flavors. I am really digging the flavors in this first third! It starts out as a dry wood, mostly cedar, flavor for about the first quarter inch. But then it transitions into a wonderful creamy cedar. Creamy cedar? Yea, trust me. The Bloc actually starts to take on a very buttery texture and flavor in this third. This buttery note blends so well with the cedar too. Never had a flavor combo like this, and that makes me sad. lol
The second third of the Bloc has a similar profile. The main flavor is a creamy, woody note. To be honest, it looks as though I didn't really record the final third. I was simply trying to enjoy the cigar, but I do remember that the profile was similar to the first two thirds, except that the creaminess died down, and the last inch did start to get a little rougher. Maybe “rough” isn’t the right word. The profile was not quite as clean as before. The burn was good throughout, with no need for touchups or relights, although it was a little wonky. And the smoke production was thick and white, leaving nice clouds around me. The ash wasn’t horrible, but it was loose and only held for about 3/4” at a time.
When you take off the main band, it says “Continue? Yes. No.”, just like the games of the ’80’s. I would have to choose “Yes”. I would definitely prefer a smaller size, for my own personal preference, but I would still smoke this size as long as I had the time. This is an easy 90 for me. I would love to have some on hand.
Robby's Review - 90 AKA "Box Split"
I love me some Jalapa tobacco. The Dissident Bloc features a lot of Jalapa tobacco. That is easy math to do. The Habano Jalapa wrapper on the Bloc is a thing of beauty and gave off mild notes of cedar and cocoa.
Flavor: The Dissident Bloc started out with a smooth and creamy profile. The notes of cedar, oak, mild leather and molasses were thick on the tongue and smooth on the retrohale. Basically, this cigar grabbed my attention on the first puff and never let it go.
As I progressed toward the mid point I found some black pepper on the retrohale which brought a nice balance to the creamy texture. The flavors thickened and the pepper became more pronounced along the way.
When I hit the final third I found even more pepper and more thick, syrupy flavors. Notes of cedar, leather and molasses led the way, while the pepper made a late surge. The result was a perfectly balanced cigar.
Strength: I would call the Dissident Bloc a medium strength cigar. I can see some folks going so far as to call it a full strength smoke, so I'll say it's in the medium-plus range.
Final Thoughts: Much like Tecmo Super Bowl, I can't get enough of the Dissident Bloc. I smoked the lancero for about 95 minutes and I didn't want to put it down. It has great flavors and great balance. The sweetness from the Jalapa leaf is pronounced and spectacular. If you like Jalapa tobacco, then you MUST smoke this. At about $10 MSRP, the Bloc is a bit pricy and that might be the only thing that kept me from calling it a Box Buy.