I’m no expert, in fact this is the first time I’ve tried pu-erh tea, and had no idea what to expect when it came to the flavor. It is very different than green, black, or oolong tea. It has a smell that is a bit like hay, with a flavor that reminds me of almonds, and is very smooth with no strong aftertaste. I was pleasantly surprised, but that sort of hay-like smell put my husband off drinking it because he spent too much time shoveling hay in a barn in his youth. All the more for me!