The cigar begins with a mix of earth, dark wood and black pepper. At a half inch in, the flavors remain, but the potency of the profile has mellowed. At three quarters of an inch in, some cocoa joins the dark wood and earthiness while the black pepper is now very faint in the background. At an inch in, a slight chalkiness joins in with the earth, dark wood and cocoa. The retrohale has a fair amount of pepper along with the cocoa and chalkiness. As the third comes to a close, the chalky cocoa note is up front with some wood and earth in the background. The strength in this third is slightly below medium.