West Tampa Tobacco Co. begins shipping white and black lines Monday


The first shipments of West Tampa Tobacco Co.’s new cigars are expected to begin shipping on Monday, with the company’s first 75 accounts receiving these cigars.

The first two lines of the company are called Black and White; the white uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler, while the black also uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper but from a higher priming to give it a darker color and stronger flavor. Below is a Nicaraguan binder from the volcanic island of Ometepe, while the fillers come from the Nicaraguan regions of Condega and Estelí.

Both cigars are made at the Garmendia Cigar Co. factory in Estelí and will be offered in three sizes:

  • West Tampa Tobacco Co. Robusto black/white (5 x 50) – $8.99 (box of 20, $179.80)
  • West Tampa Tobacco Co. Black/White Toro (6 x 52) – $9.99 (box of 20, $199.80)
  • West Tampa Tobacco Co. Black/White Gigante (6 x 60) – $10.99 (Box of 20, $219.80)

West Tampa Tobacco Co. is the brainchild of Rick Rodriguez, who is best known for his time with General Cigar Co. during which he served as a blender and CAO brand ambassador, along with Gus Martinez, the company’s co-founder who is the president and who previously worked for General Cigar Co. as director of brand marketing. Martinez said half wheel that the company is set to launch its website, which will feature a store locator that consumers can use to find stores selling the cigars.

West Tampa Tobacco Co. will showcase its products and open more accounts at the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show, which runs July 8-12 in Las Vegas.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – each cigar you light is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggles and stories. For me it’s more than the cigar – it’s the story behind it, the experience of appreciating the work of artisans and how a great cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with the half wheel, I am the PA announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as the Arizona Fall League Salt River Rafters , the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I’m a voice-over artist. Previously, I covered the Phoenix and National cigar scene for Examiner.com, and served as an editor for cigar snob magazine.


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