The cigar begins with oak and potent baking spice. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice has transitioned to a slightly sharp black pepper. At a half inch in, the black pepper is no longer sharp, but still very potent while a light mustiness has joined the profile. The retrohale is musty oak and with a decent black pepper zing. At an inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the musty oak gains a slight toast note while the black pepper is now a bit behind. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.