The smell is very rich- I thought it was a mix of cocoa and cloves, with a hint of cardamon. After brewing, I tasted it without sugar. It wasn’t bitter, though it missing something. I added a bit of organic cane sugar (1tsp) and a splash of milk. This helped but it was still missing something. My first thought was black tea, so I’m glad to see other reviewers feel the same.
It was still quite pleasant. I really liked that little bit of kick in the after taste. I didn’t really notice it right away, but when it hit, I was pleasantly surprised. I look forward to trying this tea again (and since I have 4 oz, I will be trying it again soon).