The Blanco Cigar Company was founded in the U.S.A. in 1998, however the family’s history and roots in the tobacco industry can be traced back to Cuba’s western-most province of Piñar del Rio and their cousins of 80 years, the Plasencia family. The Plasencias’, whose roots are also found in Piñar del Rio, are today one of the preeminent tobacco families in the industry. The Plasencias’ run all farming and manufacturing operations in both Danlí, Honduras and Estelí, Nicaragua.
The Blanco Cigar Company corporate offices and North America distribution center are located in Clearwater, FL. The Blanco family believes in a strong family-oriented business and as a result much of the family is involved in one aspect of the business or another.
While the cigars are produced in their cousins facility they are done so at the direction of David Blanco who has been blending cigars for over 22 years. David has been responsible for blending not only all of the cigars under the Blanco name and their other family owned brands but a dozen other companies from around the world that have trusted his abilities and vision for their cigars.
The efficiency with which the factory operates is second to none. When walking through its halls “an almost harmonious sense of tranquility comes over you”. These are some of the many feelings and emotions that have been described by visitors that have accompanied David to the factory. The reasons for these feeling are simple. QUALITY, TRADITION and VALUE. These are the three principles the family lives by and when you have been doing something as long as the Blanco and Plasencia families have, you have what it takes to grow exceptional QUALITY tobacco, manufacture great cigars using the time honored TRADITION and offer them to the market at a great VALUE.
David A. Blanco, who was born in Chicago, IL, holds a Baccalaureate in Arts and is part of the first generation of Blancos’ in the United States. Before entering the family’s business he was a Deputy Sheriff in the Chicago area and later became a Fire/Paramedic for the Chicago Fire Department. In addition, David has served in the United States Army for over 30 years in many capacities, both active duty and reserve, including 18 months in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) that involved an extended deployment to Afghanistan, while his father was serving in Iraq. With Cesar’s retirement from the company in 2018, David has taken over as President of Blanco Cigar Company and remains an active member, as a Commissioned Officer, of the United States Army Reserve.