I received this in the mail as a free sample. I will also be blogging about it on my teablog. When I first opened the plastic wrapping it smelled reminiscent of dryer sheets but not in a bad way…it was a very clean and almost floral type smell. On 2nd sniff you could start smelling the tea a bit more. It steeps fairly quickly. The coloring is a dark brown – common for the black teas. The scent after steeping is also typical black tea type smell. The taste is very nice. It’s a black tea, indeed, but with hints of other elements…just a tad of Bergamot and a bit peppery taste. It’s really quite delightful! In addition, the website and blog are great and their causes are good ones! This seems to be one company that does things right! Thumbs up!