If I smoked this cigar blind, I would be hard pressed to know this was a Connecticut shade cigar. Meaning, the amount of spice the cigar puts out is not indicative of a typical Connecticut shade cigar. In addition to the cigar picking up intensities in spice on the mouth draws and retrohale, the profile also becomes more toasted wood focused. Still tasting the same creamed nuttiness, but a bit overshadowed by the toasted wood and spice. The finish softens up, now primarily a soft dry wood with the spice being more well rounded. Strength is moving towards medium-full and body stays medium.