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VODCast: West Tampa Cigars… From Corporate to Independent with Rick Rodriguez

This week on The Cigar Authority broadcasting live from the Toscano Sound Stage in Salem, New Hampshire… We are joined by Rick Rodriguez who you may know from his days at CAO. These days he owns West Tampa Tobacco Company and we discuss his road from corporate to independent. We will fire up a West Tampa BlackĀ in the first hour which is part of the The Cigar Authority Care package and in the second hour […]

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Cigar Review: West Tampa Tobacco Company Black Robusto

After 20 years with General Cigars & CAO it was announced in March 2022 that Rick Rodriguez would be retiring. Beginning in 2000, Rick Rodriguez would start his career as a sales representative learning from Benji Menendez and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. In 2008 he joined Team La Gloria, the blenders behind La Gloria Cubana. When General Cigar bought CAO in 2009 he would become their blender and brand ambassador. Only 10 days after his official retirement […]

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