The cigar begins with a very full woodiness and black pepper note. A quarter inch in, the woodiness and pepper come together a bit more, but the pepper is still very strong. The retrohale also has a strong pepper zing. At about an inch in, the pepper reduces slightly, but even a small decrease still leaves a big dose of pepper with the woodiness. The retrohale is a little smoother, but still dominantly pepper with wood in the background. As the third finishes, it is still a full pepper in front of the woodiness. The strength in this third is medium-full.