Purple Gentian Smell - very faint, almost sweet Directly in mouth - I refrained from spitting it out! Bitter with a slant toward acidic. It reminded me of chewing on licorice root. The flavor is somewhat "roundish" and is concentrating on the back of my tongue, as expected by the outdated map of the tongue. As a tea - More smooth, but still quite bitter. More of the sensation was experienced on the tip of my tongue.
Silk Tassel Smell - virtually none Directly in mouth - Flavorless As a tea - Has the smell of a good green tea. A very nice taste with just a tinge of bitterness on the tip of my tongue. I would drink this as a tea happily.
Oregon Grape Smell - dusty, non-distinct Directly in mouth - Similar to putting cream of tartar in your mouth with a slight earthy flavor. As a tea - Not good nor bad. So non-distinct that I won't be using this.
Hops Smell - Fresh and green Directly in mouth - Almost citrus-y, but mainly mild As a tea - Not pleasantly bitter - how did this stuff end up in beer?! Nothing unique about it.