This tea smells heavenly, I had a hard time waiting the 7 minutes to drink it! Actually, the fact that I could smell the chocolate through the tin was what led me to buy it in the first place (it was between this tea and chocolate orange rooibos year of the tiger tea). First impression: kinda weak, not particularly rich in the chocolate or mate. I decided to let it cool a bit, as it was still too hot to really tell. A few minutes later: still a little more subtle than I had hoped, but very drinkable. I have to remind myself that this is tea, not hot chocolate, to judge based on what is there, not expectation. While in the mouth, it doesn’t taste like much, but during the swallowing process and aftertaste, its kinda toasty and a pretty tasty, mild soothing chocolate.