After a lengthy delay due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Prince Hall by Blanco is finally arriving at stores.
The newest cigar from Blanco Cigars honors Prince Hall, an abolitionist who also is considered the founder of Black Freemasonry. The line is being brought to market by David Blanco, himself a fifth-generation master mason.
As for the specifics, there are two different blends. The Prince Hall by Blanco Maduro uses a Nicaraguan habano maduro wrapper over a Sumatran binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The other is the Prince Hall by Blanco Rosado, which is a Nicaraguan puro with a habano wrapper.
Both blends are offered in the same four sizes and at the same four price points. The only difference is the 7 x 70 Maduro size is known as Boaz, while the Rosado version is known as Jachin.
- Prince Hall by Blanco Square (5 x 50) — $7.50 (Box of 50, $375)
- Prince Hall by Blanco Compass (6 x 52) — $8 (Box of 50, $400)
- Prince Hall by Blanco Level (6 x 60) — $10 (Box of 50, $500)
- Prince Hall by Blanco Boaz/Jachin (7 x 70) — $12 (Box of 30, $360)
Like other Blanco Cigars, it is being made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Interestingly, Blanco says that the idea of a Prince Hall cigar was first discussed as a collaboration with another “Masonic oriented cigar brand” that Blanco works with, which is presumably Hiram & Solomon. Blanco said he wanted the brand to focus on Prince Hall the person as opposed to solely focusing on the masonic aspects of his life.
A press release indicates that there will be a “charitable element” with the cigars. The idea is to work with various Prince Hall Grand Lodges to determine how to positively impact various communities.