West Tampa Tobacco Company – in the fast lane

A cheerful crew – Rick and Sarah Rodriguez and their team – welcome us to their booth in the best of moods.

And they have every reason to: the company is celebrating its second birthday in May – and is already represented in 38 countries. „In the first year, we hoped to gain a foothold in 50 to 100 stores in the USA – there were 300; our cigars are now available in 500 stores,“ says founder Rick Rodriguez happily. Daughter and business partner Sara speaks of a magical journey…

With Circle of Life, they are presenting their latest product at the trade show. Circle of Life brings together two of the industry’s most well-known master blenders, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and Rick Rodriguez.
First shipments of Circle of Life 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 SRP(USD)
Toro (6X54)- $13.99 SRP(USD)
Gigante (6X60)- $14.99 SRP(USD)

She learned her journalistic skills from scratch at a regional daily newspaper, for which she wrote articles for many years. Through working for the magazine Der Spiegel in Rome she had the opportunity to increase her professional knowledge in the field of media. Katja studied art history and Romance studies in Heidelberg, Palermo and Rome and, during the course of her studies, spent many years in Italy. The country was her teacher in things related to pleasure and lifestyle. She has been working for Cigar Journal since 2004. In 2010 she became editor-in-chief.


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