I was not impressed with the first cup of this tea. It was a pretty dark pink color and smelled wonderful, but the taste- not much registered but the hibiscus. My mistake was expecting it to taste like hot mulled cran-apple cider rather than tea. The second cup was better, and the third better yet. I think with such large pieces in this tea, its best made in larger quantities rather than by the single serving. My husband, who hasn’t been a tea drinker prior to this year, loves this tea, and has taken my bag over as his own. He often steeps it half and half with DAVIDs Apple Custard tea.