Perhaps slightly odd question but I once tried some Rohrer & Klingner Salix, which I understand to be an iron gall ink, and it had this interesting almost syrupy undertone to the smell. (Not unpleasant; I rather liked it. Just distinctive.) I think I still also have a sample of Scabiosa around here that I can sniff. But I wanted to ask, is this syrupy smell my imagination? Do other iron gall inks have it, or something like it?
I ask because I am writing a story and it would be extremely convenient to have a sweet-smelling ink without resorting to perfume. I would normally leap upon the opportunity to order ink samples, but quite honestly this winter has made me paranoid about doing so until it warms up some more. (I'm in Louisiana, but my kid had *snow days*. Eep!) Otherwise, any pointers to inks with such olfactory qualities would be welcome.
(The things that sf/f writers research...)