Originally Posted by abu ronin
This is completely natural for those who smoke DA for a time. The anise stands out for the first few weeks/months and as time passes it goes almost unnoticed and the 2 apple flavors jump to the fore. This explains why so many are turned off to DA when they first try it, and folks (like myself) who smoke it almost daily sometimes describe the flavor as something entirely different than what many have experienced.
Just think of it as having reached a form of shisha puberty.
I only notice the anise if I haven't smoked in awhile. DA is almost all I smoke these days and for me I get a nice sweet, somewhat tart at times, apple taste. I should add that I have dedicated a KM leather wrapped hose for DA.