As the second third begins, the black pepper has a slight lead over the toasted oak and mustiness. At a half inch in, all of the components are back to even. The retrohale is an even mix of musty oak and black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the toasted note of the oak transitions to a light char. At an inch and three quarters, the charred and musty oak is now slightly ahead of the black pepper. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.