Like the start of so many Cuban cigars that exhibit those sweeter flavors before the lighter ignites the foot, the Eastern Standard Midnight Express doesn’t have a ton of sweetness once lit. Instead, there’s oak, some saltiness, pepper, cinnamon and some orange peel. The faint traces of sweetness I find it the start quickly disappear and the Midnight Express settles into a mixture of cedar, creaminess and white pepper with a bit of cinnamon on the finish. After a half inch the burn self-corrects the unevenness and construction spends most of the first third flawless. Strength and flavor are both medium-full while the body is thinner, around medium.