As the cigar progresses to the second third, some minty vegetal flavors are detectable. Other than the minty vegetal note, there are no other noteworthy profile changes. Once I smoked a half inch into the second third, the cocoa and spices have backed down in intensity to a medium or medium minus strength level. That sweet leather on the post draw drops the sweetness and returns to a straight leather flavor. Once the second third has settled in, there is a rich fresh cedar, and I pick up more fresh minute on the retrohale. At the halfway mark I’m starting to feel the strength of this cigar, as it seems to have snuck up on me. Up until this point I would have described it as medium but I would now qualify it as medium plus.