I have toasted sesame seeds before and this is certainly what they smell like, indeed! Once steeped, however, they just smell like regular sesame seeds. The leaves are greasy looking – which is something ‘new’ from Adagio. It’s not a bad tea…I actually somewhat like it. It’s a strong and bold taste so if you are looking for something a little lighter…try understeeping and/or less loose leaf while steeping. I’m thinking about using this to make rice for flavoring just for the heck of it. Not bad…E for effort. Nice creative attempt on something new.