Circle of Life

Circle of Life From West Tampa & EPC

Tampa, FL – Following the global success of West Tampa’s flag ship brand, Rick Rodriguez unveils Circle of Life. This project brings together two of the industry’s most well-known master blenders, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and Rick Rodriguez.  “Ernesto has had such an incredible impact on my career.  As the first of four Hall of Famers to train under, reuniting with Ernesto on this was an opportunity to connect with my past and lay another brick in my future,” said Rick Rodriguez.

While Circle of Life represents a project special to Rodriguez, it really is about cigar smokers sharing their circle of life.  “For years I have shared my stories with consumers around the world.  I created Circle of Life to flip the script and be an opportunity for consumers to share their life stories with us.”  Rodriguez continued, “my life has been filled with highs and lows and woven together those experiences have made me who I am, I believe that while we all travel different paths in our lives, we all ultimately travel on a similar circle.”

First shipments will begin in May and will be available both in the US and international markets.

Circle of Life will be available full-time in three sizes, 20 cigars/box and rolled at Casa Carrillo in Santiago, Dominican Republic:

Robusto (5X52)- $12.99 MSRP   

Toro    (6X54)- $13.99 MSRP  

Gigante  (6X60)- $14.99 MSRP

Founded in 2022, West Tampa Tobacco Company is dedicated to the business of producing, marketing and distributing the finest premium-branded cigars around the world.  West Tampa Tobacco Company cigars can now be found in over 500 retailers across the US and 39 countries around the world.  For more information about West Tampa Tobacco Company please visit

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