Smells better than it tastes, at least first time ‘round. Steeped for the recommended 3 minutes, will probably try going longer next time. The bitterness doesn’t bother me, its just kind of bland on the whole though. Maybe its because I put flavored creamer in but I’m not really tasting any vanilla, and barely any of the black tea. So, not awful, hell maybe if I did it a certain way it’d be pretty good, but definitely not one I’ll be buying again (feeling pretty grateful that I only got the sampler instead of full size).