Dry this tea is so strong, so much ginger and pepper! There were lots of red and black peppercorns in my bag. At first I took a bit too strong of a smell, definitely made my eyes water and nose burn haha. Steeped it smells less strong, but still lots of ginger. At first it tastes like ginger, ginger and more ginger with a hint of pepper. The pepper gets stronger in the after taste. Gives some nice heat to the back of my throat. This tea definitely settles my tummy! Loving this tea, so good!