A rich oak char dominates the first portion of this third. A combination of licorice and cedar on the finish is easy to miss with the moderate amount of black pepper on the retrohale. The initial strength is a bit in your face, which is my typical experience with most LFD cigars. About an inch in, some leather develops and helps tame the char and spice on the retrohale. The finish is more of a sweet cedar which pairs well with the heartier oak. Midway through the first third, there is a shift as assorted baking spices come to the table. A little allspice on the nose with a light cocoa on the finish. Quite a change from the start of the cigar.