Cursory research reveals that Tellicherry and "regular" black peppercorns come from the same vine. Peppercorns that are 4.25 mm or larger are classified as "Tellicherry." Size matters. A little less heat, more aroma.
The peppercorns were whole and not broken in anyway, they were aromatic and flavourful. I've been using it in most dishes I've been cooking with and its been great. The only compliant I have is that I would prefer if I got a larger bag for the amount that I paid for