Dissident Cigars, now under the ownership of Benjamin Holt, will be making its return to the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show this year with the release of HOME 2019, a limited edition cigar that brings back a line that debuted in 2015.

The original Dissident HOME was a Honduran puro that measured 6 x 54, was limited to just 200 boxes of 10 cigars and made at an undisclosed factory in Honduras. The relaunched version now comes out of Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua, best known as being the home to Black Label Trading Co. and BLK WKS Studio, and uses a dual wrapper of Ecuadorian maduro and corojo leaves over an Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan filler. In a press release, Holt called it a full, bodied, full flavored blend.

One thing that does remain is the size, a 6 x 54 box pressed toro. It will be offered in 20-count boxes, with single cigars coming with an MSRP of $14.

“In the process of blending this cigar I really tried to focus on what the name HOME meant to me in the context of cigars,” Holt said via a press release. “I kept reflecting back on how much I love Estelí tobacco and the first time I spent at Fabrica Oveja Negra. Fabrica Oveja Negra creates fantastic artisan cigars and it instantly became a no brainer for me to highlight these tobaccos in this way. I’m very proud of this cigar and how it brings out the flavor that I feel is the taste of Esteli.”

Dissident will have the cigar on display at the upcoming IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, where the brand will be exhibiting as part of the Black Label Trading Co. booth. The Dissident HOME 2019 is scheduled to begin soon after the conclusion of the trade show, Holt told halfwheel. Production numbers are not being disclosed.

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