While much like other Teavana teas I’ve tried, you can’t get the best flavor out of this by following the instructions. However I am delighted by how spicy this is, accompanied by a mild sweetness. No additional sweetener required! I wish Teavana would tell you how to get the same flavor out of their tea that they do, but if you can figure it out its quite rewarding. Instructions say steep for three minutes with 2 tsp (If I remember correctly.) Best flavor I got was a heaped tablespoon boiled for 3 minutes.