At the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show later this month, Dissident Cigars will show off its tribute to punk rock legend Wendy O. Williams with a new limited edition cigar line called Plasmatic.

The cigar is a 5 1/2 x 52 robusto that uses dual wrappers: one a Sumatra-seed and the other Connecticut-seed, though the company has not yet confirmed their country of origin. Under that barber pole wrappers is an Ecuadorian binder and a filler of Dominican and Nicaragua tobacco. The company describes the profile as being creamy with floral, earth, spice and nutty notes. The cigar is produced at Fábrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua.

“Wendy O. Williams is an icon of punk rock decadence & attitude who is known for going against social norms, her over-the-top on-stage antics, and for questioning authority,” said Cynn Coburn, owner and blender of Dissident Cigars, in a press release. “If that’s not living the life of a Dissident, we don’t know what is! The Plasmatic is a tribute to her rebellious lifestyle and legacy!”

Pricing is set at $12.50 per cigar, and Plasmatic is packed in 20-count boxes with artwork featuring Coburn and containing a Wendy O. Williams lyric that reminds the consumer that each person is responsible for the life the choose to live.

Williams was the lead singer of the Plasmatics and was nominated for a Grammy award during her solo career.

The company is not announcing production numbers, but did say that it hopes to have the cigars shipping in early April.

Update — added pricing, a shipping date and confirmed that production numbers are not being disclosed.

Image courtesy of Dissident Cigars.

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halfwheel's coverage of the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show is sponsored by Drew Estate.
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