Easily the darkest tea I have ever brewed. I would say beyond black, more opaque than any other I have. It was also a pleasant/unpleasant surprise. I would not have minded the mint if it would have been on the box, no it did not say a thing about mint. I could taste the vanilla somewhere underneath the mint. For this tea, everything is disturbingly underneath the mint. This is my first Pu-erh, a shame its drowned in mint. Other than that a very enjoyable brew. Not sure if there will be a second infusion.