Thanks for the feedback everyone -- I guess I was a bit naive in figuring my semi-stuffed nose and raw throat wouldn't make that much of a difference. It's clearing up now, so I'll taste another bit in a few days.
Mr. Ellen, I only wish I could have tasted the "phenolic, tarry, seaweedy, peaty, medicinal, oily or salty" notes...it did seem dominated by this particular taste. I'm not sure exactly what peat tastes like yet - perhaps this is how it's manifest on a cold sufferer's palate?
Bamber, wild garlic is a weed (more or less) that grows practically everywhere in central and eastern U.S. and Canada. It looks a bit like a chive, but has a very pungent aroma (even more so than regular garlic). I'm told it has it's uses in the kitchen, but I've never been brave enough!