Cigar Hunter: Tampa’s tobacco paradise at the GOP convention [SLIDESHOW]

David Martosko | Executive Editor

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If you weren’t in Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention, you missed a heck of a lot of good cigars.

The historic Ybor City neighborhood is home to more than a half-dozen tiny cigar shops that make and sell their own house brands. It also boasts America’s oldest working cigar factory and a giant cigar retailer-slash-coffee-shop that would be an amazing find in any other city.

You can walk into some of the smaller shops and watch torcedors roll cigars before your eyes. The Daily Caller had a cigar roller on the premises at our three-night party series, too. And the “strippers” at the JC Newman factory are, um — entertaining ladies. (RELATED VIDEO: “Hecho a mano” in Tampa)

You really had to be there, but these photos will give you an idea.

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