This is our first "tropical" herb. But it doesn't taste very tropical does it? Have you ever grown this plant or seen it in the UK? You might have had the herb before in a tea. I'd love to hear if you had a relationship with the herb before tasting it today.
I once gave it to someone at a festival to help them chill out after having had far too much Cocaine. He was in a cross legged position when he started to sip it and, just half way down the cup, he slumped over on himself and fell asleep exactly where he was. Ever since that I've always associated with narcotics and have always seen it as a gentle dreamy herb to bring someone down from that crazed agitated state.