YES this is REAL tea! Dark! Brooding! Important. Groundbreaking. Check out the ingredients: BLACK TEA! NO GREENS! CONTINUED DARK TEA! MORE DARK TEA! Get it? A LITTLE BIT OF SPICE! OTHER TEAS THAT ARE DARK! You get it, that's just the first verse! BLACK TEA! NO GREENS! SWEETENER AND MILK! Kinda makes it better.