Alex Spencer Reserva for New Zealand. Last week Alex Spencer Reserva released a new blend and a new size for the Mansa San Andres. The Mansa Nicaraguan Habano. And now both blends and all available sizes are going international. To the land of the All Blacks, Haka, and Maori culture, New Zealand.
Both lines are available in two sizes, a 6×54 Toro and a 7×60 Magnum. Both lines and sizes are box-pressed. A box of each contains ten cigars and only 1600 boxes of each are made annually. The blend of the Nicaraguan Habano is a company secret. The San Andres version has a Mexican San Andres wrapper with Honduran and Nicaraguan binders and fillers. Both lines come out of Tabacalera Kafie/San Jeronimo.
Last week, Spencer did explain the idea behind the Mansa name. It is a tribute to Africa and the African emperor Mansa Musa. The Mansa cigar highlights and celebrates the people of Africa and the African diaspora as the first and largest contributors to the commercialization of tobacco around the world. Spencer says “As an African American I take great pride in the history and wealth of our people and culture. I want to bring forth my love of premium cigars and shed some light on the history Africans played in 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. Who 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. It is for this reason that over the past 2 years I have been working closely with our factory in Honduras to develop 3 additional lines to The Mansa brand of cigars. 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.,” Spencer explains.
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