Mellow and malty with a slight sweetness. Like others have said it is a little mellow and not as peppery as they describe. I steeped for three minutes I’ll try four next time. I was expecting an almost spicy aftertaste and instead its more of a subtle smokey dark chocolate, but I might be pushing it. Its pretty mellow. I got the adagio sampler package and I’ll see what I think of the other black teas.