I decided to try this tea and bought the gift pack that came with a full leaf seeping basket/tong (I have become a huge fan of full leaf now!) I had to chuckle at the other reviewer who wrote that the smell is reminiscent of bubble gum because that is EXACTLY what I thought to. And indeed when steeped (5 minutes) it takes on a very lovely seasonal flavor! It is hard to peg exactly what I taste, but it is reminiscent of allspice clove-like flavor. It makes for an earthy falvor that gets me in the mood for Thanksgiving or Christmas ham dinners!