I have to confess to not being a fan of Mate teas, but this tea does make me reevaluate this stance. The dried leaf smells exactly like black licorice with the remaining flavors coming through in the background. Once brewed the nutty almond flavor melds with the mate base with the blend taking on more of a creamy minty flavoring. The licorice is still noticeable in the brew but is not as dominating of a flavor as one would suspect based on the dried leaf. Overall, I was pleasantly surprise by all the depth of flavors and actually liking a mate tea … for a change.