A few perfumes have disagreed
With me; from their notes lists I found
The culprit, or so I believed.
Cardamom, I wrote with a frown.
But this cool spice kept showing up
In fragrances I loved and liked.
The evidence became enough
To convince me it was maligned.
As I got to know it better
In food, in drink, and on its own
I realized with joy unfettered
That cardamom is friend, not foe!
So… what, then, was the guilty note?
Another popular spice: clove!