The cigar begins with a heavily charred wood and some bitterness. At three quarters of an inch in, the char mellows quite a bit and the bitterness has left. A light mustiness has joined in. The retrohale starts with musty wood, but a big wave of nose tingling black pepper follows it. At an inch and a quarter, a hint of dark chocolate shows itself at the end of each draw. As the third comes to a close, there is a heavy black pepper that has replaced the dark chocolate at the end of the draws and it has a long finish. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.