Beautifully subtle but noticeable vanilla flavour makes this Earl Grey tea smooth and creamy tasting. I've been using the pyramid bags for a few years now and the taste is as good as that from a pot made of leaf tea. Once I had some very old bags which I took on holiday, to find that they tasted as fresh as freshly bought ones. The bags seemingly keep for ever, unlike loose leaf which fades and loses its flavour over time. I am well impressed both with the tea bags, and with the service of Teas Direct.