Malabar black pepper, Persian saffron, black tea accord, Chinese osmanthus.
Coffee absolute, Spanish leather, sandalwood, myrrh.
Frankincense, styrax, copaiba balsam, cade.
January 1618, a Japanese galleon, the Pacific ocean.
Following a diplomatic mission to the West, a galleon carrying a delegation of samurai charges through dark ocean currents. Loaded with a rare and precious cargo, the ship’s hull is redolent of sweet-smelling tropical woods, heady Spanish leather, frankincense, fine black pepper and other exotic ground spices—the intoxicating spirit of a singular, extraordinary voyage of discovery.