What an intense, extreme, and delicious experience. Crazy sweet, super-funky, meaty, complex, and fun. It’s like biting into dessert, except with a hot dog on your Danish. It’s got all the savoury-honey Sauternes goodness you could ever want. Maybe the prevalence of that rubber note is a bit much, but it’s all part of the show.
Nose: Whew, not shy! Sweet, spicy, meaty, and succulent. That hot dogs are out in full force today: Hebrew Nationals topped with spicy mustard and relish. Heavy honey sweetness, with strawberry jam, yellow plums, cherries, dried apricots, vanilla, amber maple syrup, and milk chocolate. Spiced with black licorice, cinnamon, and allspice. Salt, sautéed mushrooms, wet fallen leaves, fragrant woodsmoke, and a hint of tire fire.
Palate: Thick, oily texture. Heavy and chewy. A blast of salt, honey, and heavy fruit up front, descending into earthy, spicy, salty peat smoke. Plenty of iodine, rubber, soot, musty earth, and black pepper. More hot dogs! Tart bitter honey, pears, salted butter, maple oats, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and black licorice. Lemon zest, nougat, almonds, and crystallized pineapple on the back.
Finish: Sweet-salty. One of those salted peanut maple Nature Valley bars. More thick, dark honey. Wet earth, dunnage warehouse, and rubber. Lingering salty hot dog (or honey-glazed ham, if you prefer) and mustard. Apples, pears, pineapple, prunes, and overbrewed English Breakfast.