This smells JUST LIKE Gingerbread! It’s steeps quick and is dark in color. At first sip I was turned off my the overpowering gingerbread taste…it’s probably one of the more flavorful black teas that I have tried from Adagio. After the first sip I was afraid I was going to write a really bad review BUT the second sip was much more pleasant…maybe my palate just wasn’t ready for it!? Not sure. As I drink it more I’m adjusting to the taste. It’s OK but not one I would buy again. I will continue to drink and continue to try and mess with the amounts and lengths of steeps.