I was skeptical of this tea when it first arrived. The smell of the juniper berries was overpowering, and the strong fruity scent had me worried. I generally prefer earthier-flavored teas, with lighter fruit undertones and subtle flavors. To say the least, I was afraid I had wasted money on a tea I would not like. However, I decided to give the tea a chance straight away, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. The smell of the loose tea leaves was completely different from the way the brew tasted; the flavor of the black tea was prominent, while the fruits and spices properly balanced out the blend. It is now my favorite hot tea.