This was my first African tea, so I had no idea what to expect. It came out a beautiful red color. The scent is invigorating and definitely unique – hints of woodiness with apple and cherry notes. It is incredibly astringent, so by the time I’m done drinking this my tongue will be bone dry. It’s hard then, to pick up more subtle flavors when the astringency really kicks in. At first I actually did notice the reference to apple. The malty flavor still stands up to the bite of astringency. This tea is definitely different, perhaps a cross between a Ceylon and an Assam.