Monks’s blend was one of the very first loose leaf teas I ever owned. I am not sure if it was becuase it one the first one, but I have not been able to find a monk’s blend that tasted as good since. This blend is ok. It tastes like generic ceylon tea flavoured with artificial sweet cherry flavour. It is not unpleasant but there is no “pow”. The vanilla becomes more prominent as the tea starts to cool. It leaves a slight cherry aftertaste.