December 2020

Blanco introduces Prince Hall. The new cigars by Blanco Cigars come from the Plasencia factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. David Blanco, fifth-generation master mason, and CEO for Blanco Cigars is responsible for the blend.

Ministry of Cigars - Blanco introduces Prince Hall


The cigar gets its name from Prince Hall. He was one of the most influential free black leaders during the founding of the United States in the 1700s. He was fighting slavery as one of the leading abolitionists and for equal education rights. In Freemasonry, he is known as the father of the Black Freemasonry, which is known as Prince Hall Masonry. 

Blanco is also involved as the master blender for the Hiram & Solomon Cigars. Hiram & Solomon is a true Freemasonry brand. Each and every one of their blends are inspired by Freemasonry. That’s represented by the names of the cigars and the idea behind them. Since David Blanco wants to focus the line on the man Prince Hall instead of Freemasonry as a whole, Hiram & Solomon is not involved in this project.

Prince Hall became interested in the Masonic fraternity because Freemasonry was founded upon ideals of liberty, equality, and peace. His love of these ideals is what drove him to become one of the first black members of Freemasonry in The United States. However, they were not considered a “full” Masonic lodge until 1787 when Prince Hall received a charter from the Grand Lodge of England, the mother of all Freemasonry. In 1787, African Lodge No. 459 became African Lodge No. 1 with Prince Hall as the head of the Lodge.  

The cigars

There are two different blends in the Prince Hall brand. Both are made at the Plasencia Cigars factory. The Prince Hall Habano Maduro comes in a 5×50 Robusto with the name square. The 6×52 Toro has the name Compass. The 6×60 is called Level. And then there is a 7×70 monster with the name Boaz. They all come in 50 count boxes, except for the 30 count Boaz box. The blend is made from Nicaraguan filler with a Sumatra binder. The wrapper is Nicaraguan Habano Maduro.

The Prince Hall Habano Rosado comes in the same sizes. With the same box count. And the same names, except for the 7×70 vitola. In the Habano Rosado blend, this size is the Jachin. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with a Habano Rosado wrapper.

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