Mental Image: Day Old Dirty Yakiniku Grill.
Two-faced: one moment the nose is blueberry pound cake or cherry cobbler, the next moment charcoal grilled seafood and fat. The presence of salt on the nose comes and goes, when it does the nose turns more savory or maritime like crispy salmon skin or maple bacon. When the salt fades minty hot chocolate, cookie dough— all sorts of sweet desserts and fruits emerge.
Medium-bodied, the dram is dominated by a lovely fruit profile. Stewed stone fruits, poached apples, sour cherries, and dried pickled plums give a lovely sweet-salty-tart complexity. Layers of spice accent the fruits: cloves, salt, and the green licorice flavor of shiso. The spice and fruit notes remind me a bit of an ume and shiso onigiri (a rice ball with salty pickled plum and shiso leaf in it). Rich mesquite smoke, leather, and meaty seafood notes form near the end building to the finish.
Lingering sweet Christmas spices and pickled fruits.