Dry leaves smell light and earthy. Wet, the leaves smell fruity and vegetal like apples and tomatoes. The tea brews to a mellow amber with a complex aroma of honey, grapes, apples and baked bread. The taste is light, fruity and malty with a hint of spice (cinnamon and pepper?). Mildly drying astringency.A very good tea, but a bit mellow for my tastes.