You make a very interesting and important distinction. My sense is that most reviews that use "spicy" and "spice bomb" actually mean that the cigar has a peppery bite to it -- I always think of Don Pepin Garcias in this way. When a review mentions picking up "spices" in tasting notes, I take that to mean cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, et al. There are a few who will make sub-distinctions like "white pepper" to describe the kind of peppery taste. But, in general, if somebody claims that a cigar starts with a blast of spice - or something akin to that -- I would assume it's the hot version they are describing and not the more subtle baking spices cited above.