The flavor is mild to medium with notes of oak and espresso. This cigar has superb construction. The stick has an exquisite Connecticut wrapper. Right off the bat, there is a smooth, creamy flavor. Flavors include an earthiness, leather, nutmeg,pepper, cocoa, light coffee, and a subtle hint of vanilla in various order as the stick burns down. The cigar has a nice slow burn and it yielded a flawless ash. The burn remained perfect throughout the smoke. The Ashton Cabinet series is the gold standard for mild to medium-bodied cigars wrapped in a Connecticut leaf. I noticed something odd. The #8 is 7 x 49. The #2 is 7 x 46. Thats 3/64. Thats an eye lash. I wonder what the thinking behind that is? And how the flavor profile is different? I get the #8 because its $14 cheaper than the #2. I tried the #2 and the change of possible flavor is too subtle for my palate. $14 can go towards a 5 pack or sampler.