When I lit the foot, I got a powerful, zesty note of chili powder. Upon lighting, that all changed to more of a smell of being inside a very old tree. It is a very earthy cigar with notes of oak, maybe a little bit on the dead side (in a good way!), every once in awhile I got that zesty hit. I tend to french inhale every 10 hits or so as to enjoy the full spectrum of smells and tastes. I also got notes of roasted chestnuts and a hit of dark chocolate. it showed some resistance with the draw at first. I decided to clip a hair more off the cap, and then it was perfect. It burned perfectly all the way to the last inch when I let it fade out. Oh, and I noted hints of leather through out the smoke. I received this stick with a sampler pack of 10 of assorted cigars, and let it rest in the humi for about 2 months. Its going on my list of cigars I plan on buying a box of in the future...for sure!
They were once the best full bodied cigar around! Less than half of each box is even smokable! Some are rolled so tight that they can never be smoked and the rest are like trying to smoke a tube. They are very inconsistent, lumpy bumpy misshapen and very disapointing. I have smoke thousands of these over the years and know what I'am talking about. The wrappers offten have holes and patches and some can destroy a cutter with the "sticks" rolled within! Don't waist your money!!! 2nd rate 2nds at best. The filler and binder are of the lowest quality and poorly aged tobacco to boot!!