The caramel and vanilla flavors in this tea are more of an undertone. The black pepper and clove dominate the taste for me, and there is a pleasant hint of cinnamon. I had to add a splash of milk and 2tsp of rock sugar to an 8oz cup, but this tea has some pizzaz to it! Although I was expecting a more smooth chai given its name, its robust flavor is a pleasant surprise. This will definitely keep me awake as study!