The cigar begins with toasted cedar, dry earth, black pepper and light chalkiness. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit and the chalkiness is barely hanging on. The retrohale is toasted cedar, dusty earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the chalkiness is gone. At an inch and a half in, the toast level increases a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the dry earth with black pepper a fair bit behind. The strength was right at medium.