As the second third begins, the musty wood and earth are slightly dry and a bit ahead of the black pepper. At a half inch in, the profile is fairly drying to my palate. The retrohale is now musty wood, earth and light black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper has a very long finish. At an inch and a quarter, the wood gains some toast. As the third comes to a close, the toast becomes fairly heavy. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.