I just smoked my first bowl of Escudo and I really didn't enjoy the smell. Before it was lit it smelled fine but when I lit it it wasn't pleasant to me at all. There was a musky smell about it that I just didn't enjoy. I was wondering, is this the perique that creates that musky smell or is it just Escudo as a whole? I would be open to giving other blends with perique another chance unless the smoke smells like Escudo. I want to say thought that aside from the smell, the smoke was quite pleasant. Smooth, cool, and relatively dry. It seems like quality tobacco but just not for me.