As this third begins, it picks up a bit of pepper, both in the mouth and on the retrohale. There is a slight bitterness present, but it is not off putting as it brings a bit of balance to the cream and pepper. A quarter of an inch in, the bitterness picks up a bit and is now drowning out the other flavors. The smoke is still slightly drying. About three quarters of an inch in, the bitterness drops back a bit and the creaminess ramps up again, achieving a much better balance. Just past the halfway point, the woodiness is returning to mix in with some cream and a bit of bitterness. The retrohale is now very oaky. Nearing the end of the third, a bit of black tea is coming in to mix with the woodiness, creaminess and bit of bitterness. As the third finishes, the smoke becomes drying again with primarily wood and bitterness. The strength in this third is now a true medium.