As the second third begins, the wood, now more defined as oak takes the lead over the cocoa. At a quarter inch in, the cigar becomes a bit drying on the palate and I am taking frequent sips of water. The retrohale has lost all of the red pepper and it is now just oak. At three quarters of an inch in, the oak becomes a bit darker while there is still a bit of cocoa in the background and it is not as drying. This is the profile the third finishes with. The strength in this third was right at medium.