I've been searching high and low for a candle that contains a significant amount of black pepper. While this is not it, it does come very close to be just the right of peppery that I like - not too much as to not induce a sneeze fest but just enough to know that it's there. I really love the black pepper and gin combo - what a fun job that must be to name candles! This is quite a fragrant candle, throws a good scent though light and refreshing, pleasant all around. I would describe the scent as a fun happy hour cocktail, fragrant and "tasty!" This is one of those scents that's on my list to re-purchase for sure.