The cigar begins with wood and an intense baking spice. At a quarter inch in, a fair amount of mustiness joins in which slightly mellows the baking spice. At an inch in, the wood has gained a toasted note while the baking spice has morphed into black pepper and is right behind, followed by the mustiness. The retrohale has a significant black pepper zing to it with light amounts of musty wood behind it. At an inch and a half, the toasted wood, black pepper and mustiness are all at equal levels. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.