The cigar begins with dark wood, earth and black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the dark wood becomes more defined as oak. At a half inch in, the oak gains a light toast. The retrohale is toasted oak, dry earth and mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is slightly ahead of the earth with black pepper a little further behind and now light chalkiness in the background. The strength was right at medium.