Dark amber is the first thing I can think about this tea. Great smell out of the bag, light with very malty flavors. This is a deep black tea. Not so much in flavor, or caffeine content but rather in body and color. This tea has no empty spaces that some teas out there have. You sip the tea and notice on the palate or on the tongue that there is a space, this tea has no empty space. This is one of the maltiest teas I have ever had, awesome for those into a real brew.
Bit of a problem was, as the tea cooled from a rather high 212 degrees, a bitterness did happen, only slight. I would recommend a lower temperature. But Rishi does seem to be a rather good company for tea.