The soft, airy, golden colored leaves brew a much darker tea than you’d expect. Though the leaves do have a subtle/sweet aroma to them, the full aroma doesn’t unlock until you steep it, when their sweet and savory quality comes out and invites you in for more. Taste wise, there’s a definite sweetness to this tea, which makes it a smooth and easy to drink tea for a cold morning wake-up. Aftertaste is smooth and sweet, with just a little hint of black tea bitterness. I don’t really get ‘meaty’ from it, but it does have a thicker mouthfeel, so I can see how that would make it a little more ‘meaty’. Overall, a definite winner that can easily be enjoyed throughout the day.