Well I never did get to try the The D'Aubrac as a tea, it was in limited evidence as I travelled round Aveyron, Tarn and Lot.
Occasionally I saw some bags of dried herbs available in local village markets and sometimes they included 'The D'Aubrac', but all the tea houses failed to offer it as an option, having gone "International", "Signature Blend" and "Nouveau" - like the rest of the western world!
St Cirq Lapopie
Villefranche en Rourgue
At Gaillac the weekly market had a likely looking stall, but black looks from the stallholder when I took a couple of photos dissuaded ne from looking closer
The spice stall looked interesting too, but again the owner was nervous
Not to worry down the main shopping street by the permenent market all the fruit, vegetable, nuts, mushrooms, cheese, meat and fish sellers were tres jolie, one poissonier even pretending a live crab was about to pinch Zaleha as she looked at it by thrusting it at her and manipulating it's claws with a great guffaw and a mile wide grin.
we bought several items there for our picnic lunches - including tasty large caper berries
I did see a bottle in the window of a specialist wine shop in Entraygues, but this shop was never open during the 4 days that I was there.
Shortly before leaving for home I found the same bottle on sale in a delicatessen in Albi.
I bought one, but along with all the other tinned and canned delicacies I had to pay an excess baggage fee of £200 - which would have only cost £38 had I paid for a 3rd suitcase in advance.
I hope it is this good, because I have still not got around to trying it, I am still working through my Green Walnut Liqueur ("Liquor De Noix" - a sturdy digestif) and my Chestnut Liqueur ("Liquor De Chataigne" - an excellent addition to White Wine for a pre meal 'Kir Chataigne' a very favourable alternative to Liquor de Cassis for the traditional Burgundy Kir)
Next year maybe I will get organised in advance pay for several suitcases in advance, and search out more dried leaves and other goodies.
Strangely, I never made the connection when walking in the hills we often trod on plants releasing a mint scent, or stooped to look at a flower and discover the leaves were 'minty'. The picture on the bottle revealed that we had encounterd The D'Aubrac several times on our walks - maybe next year I will take a pair of scissors on our walks, or a good laguiole knife
In the meantime I still have my Calamint Liqueur to look forward.