Bold, strong, smooth base. Subtle chocolate flavoring adds to the rich taste. The cherry flavoring gives it a bit of sourness, and a hint of sweetness under the surface. Brewing at 212 degrees will result in a fairly astringent taste that can pair well with milk or cream, or on its own if you enjoy some bitterness. If that’s not your cup of tea, brewing at 195 will allow the cherry and chocolate flavors to come to the forefront more and I enjoy it plain. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of honey to really bring out the sweetness!