Pre light draw had a bit sweetness. Slight licorice taste to me. Creamy smoke on 1/3 light sweetness with light pepper finish. Rich sweet aroma with lots of smoke. I cut only a bit on the torpedo tip for a slighter tight draw cause I tend to draw hard on my smokes. Cuban roots defiantly in this one. Very impressed with the construction. Flawless on the ones I received. Took off all the cellos and bands. Currently smoking one and put away the rest to age. For the price, this one is a definite winner in my book. I did smoke mine while it d raining so humidity was at a 100. Slightly affected burn and consistently.