Rick Rodriguez

Rick Rodriguez Unveils West Tampa Tobacco Co.’s Attic Series: A Journey of Cigars and Storytelling

After an illustrious 24-year journey with General Cigar Co., during which he spent 13 years as the blender and brand ambassador for the CAO brand, Rick Rodriguez has ventured into...

Published November 2023

West Tampa Cigars are Latest Addition to Small Batch Distributors

Just a few weeks ago, Rick Rodriguez left CAO Cigars after being the master blender and the face of the brand for more than a decade. Within a week he...

Published July 2022

West Tampa Cigar Company Coming to Germany

The new cigar company by Rick Rodriguez is only a week old, but yet the cigar industry veteran is already expanding operations to across the ocean. Kleinlagel Zigarren, a German...

Published June 2022

Rick Rodriguez Returns with West Tampa Tobacco Company

Long time General Cigars blender Rick Rodriguez who was the face and the blender of CAO for the last decade announced his retirement from General Cigars recently. But it appears...

Published May 2022

CAO Releases Regional Edition for Canada with Canadian Tobacco

It’s called the CAO Borealis, a name that comes from the aurora borealis, a phenomenon more commonly referred to as the northern lights. Some of the filler comes from farmland...

Published May 2022

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CAO Vision is returning as a limited edition

CAO Vision is returning as a limited edition. Back in 2007, CAO made the news with a cigar. It wasn’t the cigar that created waves in the cigar communities though....

Published October 2020

CAO’s Rick Rodriguez in Kuala Lumpur

CAO’s Rick Rodriguez in Kuala Lumpur. The master blender for CAO is doing an event at Cigars Lounge at the Publika Shopping Gallery on September 10th. He will be there...

Published August 2019