The cigar begins with hay, dry wood and black pepper. At a half inch in, the hay and black pepper have mellowed slightly. The retrohale is musty wood and light black pepper. At an inch in, the wood is no longer dry and it is even up front with the black pepper while the hay is in the background. At an inch and a half, the black pepper has moved to the background and the finish. As the third comes to a close, the wood is up front with black pepper, hay and newly joined mustiness in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.