The flavor is so much lighter than I expected. For my first cup, I didn’t put any sugar in. The flavor was reminiscent of gingerbread cookies, but in an extremely subtle way. It didn’t get bitter at all, which I appreciated since I was drinking it slowly throughout the day. The second time I made it, I did use some sugar, but this time, the only flavor I sensed was the rather smoky green tea base. The spices didn’t appear at all, sadly. I don’t love the base tea, and the spices are almost invisible even though there were plenty in my cup, so I’m a bit disappointed.