I tried this on the way into work this morning.
Unfortunately, as I was putting it down on the counter, my bag slipped off my shoulder and into the crook of my elbow which then jarred the tea and splashed it all over me. I put on quite a show. How embarrassing… *sighs
Anyhow, the tea, or what was left of it, was pretty good. I added agave and milk this time. If I’d had an extra cup and some time I would have split it and drank half sans any additions to get the full experience. It makes me a little sad that I couldn’t. Well, it’s something else to look forward to now.
In the meantime, here is what I got out of it:
It was a nice malty, round cup which to me, tasted slightly toasted. Something about it with the milk reminds me of marshmallows. The astringency level was great, very mild yet it left somewhat of a pleasant aftertaste.
Overall, I found it to be rather plain. I wish that the flavours had been bolder and more complex (except the astringency, again, that part was perfect) but I still enjoyed it.
Being new at this, I’d like to come back and try it again in a few months after I’ve learned to identify some more of the notes. I hope I can tell the difference between Budla and the next black tea I try :)