In June 2022, West Tampa Tobacco Co. debuted with its White and Black lines; now the company is preparing to release its third regular production line, which will be called Red.

The blend features the same Mexican San Andrés wrapper that was used on the company’s first Attic Series release, and while the binder and filler also come from Nicaragua, they are different varietals.

The line is being released in three vitolas:

  • West Tampa Tobacco Co. Red Robusto (5 x 50) — $8.99 (Box of 20, $179.80)
  • West Tampa Tobacco Co. Red Toro (6 x 52) — $9.99 (Box of 20, $199.80)
  • West Tampa Tobacco Co. Red Gigante (6 x 60) — $10.99 (Box of 20, $219.80)

“West Tampa Red gave me the opportunity to sit down with the factory and really focus on creating a blend that I enjoy,” said Rick Rodriguez, master blender and co-owner of West Tampa Tobacco Co., via a press release. “Normally when I blend cigars, I don’t blend for what I like, I blend cigars for what my fans enjoy. Red will be a reflection of what I believe is the next piece to lay in the West Tampa puzzle, a full-bodied cigar that delivers the full flavor consumers have come to enjoy from West Tampa.”

The cigars are produced at Garmendia Cigars Co. in Estelí, Nicaragua, and are expected to begin shipping in May to both U.S. and international retailers.

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