The smell of this tea is strong. It has a very "black tea" smell to it, as well as a sweet spice and vanilla smell. It has a very pleasant smell when smelling it, very fresh and makes you want to drink it.
The overall taste of this tea is subtle. It does not have a strong spice or vanilla taste with the black tea, just hints, and I would really suggest using a sweetener with this one to give it a bit more of a taste. I liked this one, but it wasn't my favorite out of all the teas I have written about this holiday season, so I have a very indifferent opinion on it, I would drink it, but I would probably choose another tea over it that I liked better.