The cedar picks up a little char during the middle third while some toast and grasses weave in and out of the flavor profile. Sadly, the leather begins to fade leaving the rest of the flavors to become a bit harsh. As a result, the toast is now a bit burnt and the gasses are turning dry. At the halfway point, the wood shifts from cedar to more of an oak, which is a welcome transition for my palate. The occasional pepper on the retrohale is becoming increasingly sharper as is the overall harshness of flavors. Nothing seems to be clicking for this cigar.