drank Assam SF Budla Beta by Teaopia
1734 tasting notes

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 :)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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