But Sal, I am atop Mt. Fuji in the TeaCave ...
I am a little on the fence on this issue. Having a strong botanical and hort. background, I know many insects do secrete sweet "honeydew" such as aphids which are often herded by ants who want the honeydew mostly.
Cicadas and tea plants, I honestly do not know. But each and every time I smell sweet honey aroma from a Taiwan oolong or even a good TKY, my mind always goes back to how?
How is this possible that a bag of leaves smell so sweet and brew up so complex, with specific aromas?
I remember reading years ago in a domestic vendors catalog or site, that the sweet aroma was due to the pear trees on Pear MT (Li Shan) that used
to grow there. Since they were talking about the trees in the past tense
, the reader had to surmise that the sweet aromas must have come up through the ground or by magic. More believable would be that the opening leaves pick up aromas of nearby flowering trees.
But so many stories surround the amazing flavors and aromas of oolongs. Insects may play a beneficial role. Til Adagio foots the bill for the TeaVacation of a lifetime, we may never know for sure.