In the bag this tea smells almost identical to robotussin. Weird. Besides that start off the tea steeped shows off one beautiful brown almost red shade. The smell coming from the glass is most definitely that of a rooibos but with that added zing of ginger. The taste follows that of the smell. The rooibos stands out a great deal while the ginger faintly pops up. Which to me is just perfect since I am weary when it comes to anything ginger. Overall, even the smell from the bag, this tea is a wonderful pick-me-up!