This was surprisingly great, considering I got it from a reseller (Darlene’s) and got 1/4 lb for $1.99, SHIPPED. It’s a nice, dark, malty assam and it hits all the right notes for me. I doubt I could tell it from any others if side by side. I have actually only had one tea from a Metropolitan reseller that I didn’t like, and I think that was due to personal taste. I still want my fancy ones, but it’s nice to pick up bigger packages – especially for iced teas. I bought their black wild blackberry and it’s great for that.