One of the fun booths at the IPCPR 2015 is the Dissident crew. “Gweedo C” and “Red Ryan” do things a little bit differently in the industry, which always makes for an interesting chat for us.

The Dissident Soapbox Lancero is a bit of a white whale. It’s been reported as an ‘event only’ cigar, but the truth is that this is an internal blend to Dissident. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, count your fortunes.

This cigar will never be released. It’s not for sale. Ever. That’s one of the many reasons why #DissidentSucks

Last year we did a review of the Dissident Bloc which scored a 90 rating AKA “Box Split”.


Check out our interview in the Dissident booth:


Vitola: Lancero

Size: 7” x 40 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)

Binder: Nicaraguan (Double Esteli)

Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa, Esteli, Condega)

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: Not available for purchase. Ever.

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer’s gift

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.


“The Soapbox lancero is an absolutely fantastic cigar.”



Check out my video review here:


Surgeon’s Rating: 92 AKA “Box Split”

If only you could buy them … but you can’t.

The nose on the Soapbox Lancero is leather and some minerality on the wrapper, with sweet hay and spices on the foot.

The first few draws reveal some sweetness, cedar and light spices. The retrohale is pepper, spices and all wrapped up with creamy cedar. The retrohale is extremely balanced, with a light bit of earth coming through after a while. There’s a sweet cedar that starts to linger between draws. The profile continues to evolve until each draw finishes with a sweet creaminess, spices and cedar. As the Soapbox lancero moves to the second third, some leather and spices that develop sitting at medium almost medium plus strength. Outstanding.



In the second third the profile is more of the rich creamy sweetness with spices. There’s a rich, strong cedar on the retrohale which is more prominent than the first third. There’s a little bit of cocoa coming through as the middle third winds down.

Loads of cocoa going into the last third. The spice has evened out on the retrohale and the profile is balanced across the board for strength.

The Soapbox lancero is an absolutely fantastic cigar. I could smoke these back to back all night. I’m very fortunate to have had the chance to smoke this, and I look forward to more Dissident releases.


Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

The Dissident Soapbox lancero would be great in combination with a bourbon, rum, or a rich sherried scotch.

Views: 102

Comment by An Phan on October 20, 2015 at 8:55am

Very encouraging, where will be able to buy? 

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on October 20, 2015 at 8:56am

Unfortunately they were very clear that you will never, ever, ever be able to buy this.

Comment by An Phan on October 20, 2015 at 8:59am

I thought they were joking.  A great gift to smoke then!

Comment by Charlie on October 20, 2015 at 10:44am

Great review J....kind of a farewell review.

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on October 20, 2015 at 1:49pm

What a bunch of crap... I hope they both swiped a bunch of boxes of these on the way out.

Comment by Matt Ross on October 28, 2015 at 7:28am

Talk about awkward timing on the review!

Comment by dlud on December 19, 2015 at 1:40pm

A review for a cigar that's not for sale. Awesome. 

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on December 19, 2015 at 1:47pm
None of them are for sale anymore, except on clearance. Dissident lines are no more.

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on December 20, 2015 at 5:14pm

Hey Dlud, thanks for your comment. We don't have any prerequisites for a cigar to be reviewed. It's unfortunate this particular blend was never made available for sale because it's an excellent cigar.

Comment by dlud on December 20, 2015 at 5:28pm
Fair enough. Can't wait to try some of the other blends on your list. Those warped labels from el Titan are calling my name.


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