Introduced in late 2019, the Mansa by Alex Spenser Cigars (ASR) was a box pressed (6 x 54) Toro that featured a dark and rich Mexican San Andres Wrapper along with Honduran and Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The cigar was made to highlight and celebrates the people of Africa and the African diaspora as the first and largest contributors to the commercialization of tobacco around the world. Company founder, Alex Spenser, an African American, took great pride in the history and wealth of the African people and culture.
In his creation of the Mansa cigar, Alex exclaimed:
“I wanted to bring forth my love for premium cigars and shed some light on the history Africans played on the world of tobacco. Tobacco, like coffee shows historical origins in Africa.
The more I came to study the influence Africans played in the history of tobacco and tobacco cultivation, the more I wanted to develop a brand with an African theme. Whom better than Mansa Musa, the 14th century African Emperor who remains to this day as the wealthiest person ever to adorn artwork of my cigars.
My passion for African history, culture, and our people run in my blood. I have the same passion for tobacco and for creating memorable blends people will want to enjoy and revisit often.“
Today, Alex Spenser Reserve, has announced 3 additional lines to The Mansa brand of cigars, which Alex has been working on over the past 2 years in collaboration with Tabacalera Kafie in Danlí, Honduras.
The first is an 7 x 60 Magnum Box Pressed that extend the original blend, but although the blend remains the same, the company noted they did kick up the strength and flavors with some very rare and highly sought after tobaccos from Jalapa and Esteli, Nicarauga.
The company is also introducing a new Nicaraguan Habano Natural blend in similar sizes. Alex himself stated that the blends are confidential and proprietary. All he asks is that you try them once and let the blend speak for itself.
- 6 x 54 Toro Box Pressed MSRP $12.50
- 7 x 60 Magnum Box Pressed MSRP $15.00
Both sizes are offered in 10 count boxes featuring the majestic artwork of Mansa Musa. Expect full body cigars, with full flavors in both blends, and a clean sharp finish.
The cigars have just arrived in Miami, Florida and have started shipping out to retailers across the United States. Distribution is being handled by Kafie Trading Company, LLC.
“If Mansa Musa were alive today, I’m certain he would be very proud of this entire project and honored that we shed some light on the beautiful history of Africa and its people.“
Alex Spenser Reserve is also working with www.boutiquesmoke.com to help facilitate sales and distribution. If you are a retailer please visit the site and register as a retailer in order to buy direct at wholesale prices. If you are a connoisseur, our cigars are also available on the same site. As a boutique cigar brand our production is set at 1,600 boxes per year in total. We do not discount our cigars anywhere. MSRP is fixed so as to protect our brick and mortar partners, as are all other products on www.boutiquesmoke.com.