This is the first Teavana tea that I have liked so far. I was prepared when I went in with what I wanted as I really don’t like the pushy clerks they have there. But I do like Assam tea and this is a very nice Assam. Its amber in color and has that distinctive assam smell and taste. The malty taste was there also. It wasn’t bitter at all and had just a little bit of astringency. I have had much better assam teas, but this one was nice.