I have had this hot and iced. And, I feel this one works equally well either way. It really does give me the impression of drinking a red wine. I find it to be ever so slightly astringent, which lends to the dryness in the taste. It’s not sweet or sour or bitter. It tastes winey with a clean, but maybe ever so slightly sweet aftertaste. It’s a good and interesting tea that I can’t wait to share with friends, but not my favorite flavor. I rarely drink alcohol because I don’t much like the taste in general, but this tea has the best components of the red wine flavor.