The smell of this up close kindof reminds me of.. like a muddy rainy lawn. Like wet vegetation. But, from farther away, just having the mug on my desk, it smells much sweeter and more appetizing. So far, two coworkers have come by my desk to determine the source of the heavenly “baking” smell in the office. =p
This is definitely a black tea, but the chocolate comes through towards the end of the sip. The peppercorns come through similar to Read My Lips. Not so much as “spicy hot”, but more as adding depth to the flavour. I would almost describe it as “tasting warm”? If that’s a thing? As the cup cools, the tea base is taking more of a back seat to the flavourings, which I don’t mind that much (I’m more of a fan of herbals and rooibos drinks).
I would not call this a “sweet” tea, despite the chocolate notes. It does have nice depth of flavour though. And, despite coworkers telling me otherwise, the smell just is a bit “wet cut grass” for my tastes.