All I can say is WOW. This is a brisk robust tea with no bitterness and only light astringency. This is the best assam tea I have ever had hands down. It has a wonderful malty taste and a biscuity smell. This is best plain, no sugar or milk. I love strong black teas and this one rivals the Yunnans that I love. This is one tea I will reorder. I ordered online on Friday and had my order on Tuesday. From Chicago to Maine, thats fast in my book.