Interesting…The dry tea smells like dry leaves, ironic isn’t it. It reminds me of raking dry leaves in the fall and jumping into the pile. Luckily, the taste is anything but dry. Think green tea’s freshness with a finish more like a dajeeling. Just a hint of tannin’s to let you know that something was there for a long finish. I believe one other reviewer called the taste “complex” and I second that opinion! There is a lot going on here and you want to just hold a mouthful to savor the differnt flavors.