When the CAO Right Coast arrived at Cigar Connection, I was a bit skeptical. This 6 3/4″ by 72 trapezoidal cigar reminded me of a Toblerone. But I like Toblerone so I thought I’d give it a shot. I had a chat with our General Rep about it and got the details. It was released following the CAO Left Coast, another trapezoidal cigar giving homage to the West Coast. The Right Coast (correct coast;) ) is a limited run of 400 boxes of 14, available on, you guessed it, the East Coast. It has a dark, rich, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and the binder and filler are a mystery except there was apparently some Colombian tobacco used.
Personally, I thought the cigar looked pretty cool. It had a nice weight to it and the band is very understated. The wrapper had a nice rich cocoa aroma with hints of earth. The foot held the same notes with a bit of grassiness. Now, I have to admit I was a bit puzzled as to how to actually cut this cigar. At a ring gauge of 72, it definitely wasn’t going to fit in my cutter and a single V cut didn’t seem like it would be enough so this is what I did:
The cold draw had notes of cocoa, earth and raisins, very rich and flavorful. I immediately picked up leather, cocoa, cayenne and anise that remained through the first third. Molasses lingered in the finish. There was plenty of smoke that held hints of pepper and a sweet, floral note.
In the second third, cocoa, molasses, coffee and subtle spices are present through to the midway point. Then raisins and rich earth become noticeable with a creamy finish. The burn has been surprisingly good and the draw is perfect considering the ring gauge.
In the final third, there is spice on the front of the palate followed by coffee, leather and raisins with anise on the finish. A blend of spice remains in the retrohale.
This cigar was tasty although it wasn’t very complex. I’d consider it medium to medium-full in strength. The shape was interesting but not uncomfortable to smoke. I would definitely recommend using a double v cut as the draw was perfect. If you get the chance, I would recommend giving it a shot. I really enjoyed it.
Now I need a Toblerone!