I love the look of this tea’s leaves: A nice mix of cocoa, green and gold that just begs to be steeped. The smell of the leaves is on the subtle side, with hints of cocoa and earth. When steeped, it turns a nice caramel color that’s dark enough to imply flavor, but not so dark that it fools you into thinking the taste is going to be stronger than it is. The aroma is equally subtle, with just a bit of spice and a smoky/earthy side to it. I accidentally steeped this one for two minutes too long, so the taste is probably a bit more on the bitter side that it was supposed to be, but even still, it’s very mellow with just a hint of bitterness and spice. Summing it all up: Good tea, but not one that will wow you. Just a solid black tea that’s hard to go wrong with.