The steeped leaves smell of orange (and also cinnamon). The tea has a medium/light body with spice that is not overpowering. I did not get much in the way of vanilla, but I don’t think the vanilla would have made the tea better necessarily. The color of the tea liquor is medium golden. It was a lot better than I expected, as some OTHER vanilla chai teas taste sickly sweet, artificial, or overpoweringly spicy. This tea is well balanced. I will probably drink it more around Christmas. As with most rooibos teas, I like to add honey.
One note is that it does not do well resteeped.
Brew time: 8 mins 30 seconds. Temperature: 212*f.
Ingredients listed on sample bag: rooibos tea, ginger root, cinnamon bark, cloves, cardamom, orange peels, natural vanilla flavor
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange, Rooibos, Vanilla