This smells AWESOME prior to the steep. While steeping it’s equally Candy Cane but a hint of “woods” smell underneath. After steeping it’s still minty but the black tea blends with it more noticeably. First and Second sips make me raise an eyebrow and I try and guess what I am tasting in the middle of each sip. First you taste the black tea…then something…not sure what…then the Candy Cane at the end. The Minty Fresh Aftertaste is nice but not overwhelming. It’s weird but the first thought that popped into my head for that middle flavor was almost a cigarette or cigar…not sure why…maybe the way it blends with the black tea!? Regardless this is far different from other minty teas I have had. It’s fairly good. It’s intriguing. I think the highlight of this tea for me is the prior to steeping aroma and the aftertaste. I will certainly review again.