Compared to the Rani Assam, this one is much redder in color. There seem to be more of the golden hay colored leaves in this one. The scent of both the dry leaf and the brewed tea is on the side of earthy, rather than malty. Plain, this tea is more astringent and almost a tad bitter. Taken with milk and sugar, the bitter edge is no longer present but the tea still has a sharp bite. The malty aspect is there, but not near as strong as the Rani. This one is good, but I think I like the Rani more due to its strong malty aspect. For that reason, this one will be receiving a slight ratings drop as both Assams were currently the same rating.