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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
962 tasting notes

Finally getting to this. Too bad I didn’t have any Three Friends to directly compare. To note, I did enjoy that one, but found that it benefited from a longer steep than recommended, and I picked up on the orange quite a bit, with a hint of chocolate in the background.

As for Two Friends, I’m still going to have to experiment with this more. Both times I’ve had it, both the chocolate and orange were weak. I even got my mom to smell and taste it without telling her the notes, and she had no idea what the flavouring was supposed to be. Even after I told her, she could not smell/taste chocolate or orange. With light cream, it tasted like a light malty Assam with a smidgen of orange. Perhaps I should add more leaf.

As much as I love Assam, I think the Zhen Qu base in the original Three Friends blended more harmoniously with the astringent orange.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Tired, sore head, not feeling great. But I feel much, much better after this cup. Chocolate and orange is one of those classic pairings that works so well. When I heard of it being used in a tea, I was very sceptical. Not any more, at least with what Butiki teas has to offer! The dried leaves are long black and wiry. The smell is, for anyone familiar with British confectionery items, is just like a jaffa cake. It’s the first thing I thought when I stuck my nose in the bag. The infused tea smells exactly the same. The taste is the same too. Jaffa cakes! I can see how this tea would be a bit divisive, a lot of folks dislike citrus in their tea, but not me. This is wonderful.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Oooh. I’m soo naughty. I bought this as part of my order from Stacy’s bday sale and am only just now getting around to it.

Does anyone remember those orange flavored chocolate oranges that used to pop up around the holidays? You would just take the ball and smash it against something and it would pop open into slices. I absolutely loved those as a kid. This is what that reminds me off- especially as it cools down. I was expecting milk chocolate, because for some reason all my chocolatey teas lately have been more on the milk chocolate side, but this tea is totally dark chocolate orange slices. Absolutely divine.

Cameron B.

I love chocolate oranges! They’re still around. ;)

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91
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1708 tasting notes

I love this tea, and I love doing geek things so I am taking a break from playing Destiny with my bf to watch Supernatural and get ready for my convention.

It’s going to be in 20 days and I still have 26 episodes to watch. I CAN DO THIS. I actually think I’ll be able to!

This tea though, really, it’s freaking awesome.

Tea Sipper

Yeah, I have to watch the last 13 episodes of season five before the new season starts and WHAT CONVENTION?

Cavocorax

I’m going to the Supernatural Convention in Toronto on Oct 11th! I’m SO FREAKING excited – I’ve been working on a costume and everything. I couldn’t afford to go for the whole thing so I decided to go Sat so I could see pretty much every EXCEPT J2 (which sucks, but… Misha? :O). And I’m also doing a photo-op with Misha – it’s going to be great!

Cavocorax

And you have to finish Season 5? Did you just miss that one, or is that only as far as you’ve gone with the show? I think S5 is probably my fav, although S8 was pretty close!

Sil

test post. maybe?

Sil

WOOOHOOOOOOO! i can post cavo!!

Cavocorax

Yessssssss! Finally! Tea frens!

Tea Sipper

I’m just seeing this now – the comments have been so messed up! I started watching season six so then I was catching up through 1-5 gradually, small doses since I’ll be a little sad when I’m caught up. I’m SO excited for you that you get to go!! You will have to say how things went! Everything I’m hearing about this season sounds awesome… I think DemonDean alone (with Jensen’s acting skills) will make this show keep going a few more seasons.

Tea Sipper

ALSO, I just watched last week the season five ep with the actual SPN con! Loved it.

Cavocorax

Haha – yeah that one was so ridiculous. All dudes. :P
I can’t believe that TorCon is next weekend! :O I’m going as Mark of Cain Dean, and I"m building my own First Blade! I’m nearly done!

OMGsrsly

Ooh, Cavo! I saw a thing on Twitter: “What SPN thinks their fanbase looks like [picture from that ep, all dudes in flannel] VS What SPN’s fanbase looks like [picture from one of their cons, all ladies]”. I lol’d. :D

OMGsrsly

Twitter. TUMBLR. OMG, brain.

Tea Sipper

Ah! Mark of Cain Dean! I didn’t even notice that episode was all dudes. And Becky. haha.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1708 tasting notes

Backlog!
I had this last night and I have to note that it is AMAZING. It really is much better than 3 Friends – I just really love the PTA base.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1692 tasting notes

I love this tea.

I should have ordered more, but I didn’t. I almost like it more than Caramel Vanilla, which is WEIRD as generally I think chocolate and orange are a terrible combination.

Anyways, this evening is going to be a few resteeps of this (how many licks does it… no, that’s not right) to warm my hands, belly, and soul. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

Still hoarding mine and have yet to try it! When I started reading this, I was wondering whether I was hallucinating because I remember you mentioned in the past that you don’t care for chocolate orange haha.

OMGsrsly

I don’t care for chocolate orange, but this tea is SO right. :)

Suziqzer

I honestly don’t care for chocolate and orange together either.. can’t stand those candies! But somehow this just works!

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1692 tasting notes

YES. So good. So amazingly delicious. I think the tea takes it away from the horrible Chocolate Oranges flavour, and brings it into luscious chocolate orange dessert of richness territory.

Yum yum yum. I’m so glad I managed to get some of this over the summer. And I’m glad it resteeps so well.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Butiki Teas

We might be offering this one again once the regular Three Friends runs out. :)

OMGsrsly

Ooo, yay! :) I’m planning another order once your new teas come out, so I hope I can snag some of this one!

Sil

i wholeheartedly agree. 3 friends never made it for me and i was so happy when stacy made me two friends :)

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1692 tasting notes

This tea. THIS TEA.

Another one I bought for my BFF (hee! Two friends!) and stole a sample of. (I have another week to try all these teas!)

I mostly taste the PTA, with hints of chocolate and orange. Not too much for me, which is good, because I do NOT like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.

So. Delicious sweet assam tea. Hints of dark chocolate and orange. A touch of sugar to sweeten it even more. Could be good with milk but I’m sitting now and it’s too much work to go back into the kitchen. Highly recommend trying this one if you get a chance. :)

(And because it’s PTA, it’ll resteep! Yay!)

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

I heart two friends…. I could never get behind three friends…

Sil

I loves stracy for being awesome with this one and helping me find my happy place

OMGsrsly

:D It’s delicious! I don’t think I tried 3 friends when we did the massive order here. I just didn’t like the smell of the chocolate and orange (because I don’t like the combo), but this one is so different.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1030 tasting notes

One of the first teas I ordered from Butiki was Three Friends, and I love PTA, so I was excited to see Two Friends as part of the Butiki birthday sale!

Orange is the primary flavoring here, with a smooth chocolatey undertone, of course enhanced by the scrumptious Assam.

I dig it! Good idea Sil! :D

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
451 tasting notes

Sipdown! The second time around, this cup was even more delicious. A little less sugar, and I really felt the subtle chocolate orange taste. And omg the base tea is so malty and present and mmmm. Sorry, not feeling very articulate at the moment. But I may just want to get in when a reorder is put in on this one!

Sil

:) careful…that might just be an orange tea you like hahaha

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
451 tasting notes

I slept really well last night, but woke up with a resounding headache. Now that I’ve had my first cup of tea though, it isn’t nearly as bad. For some reason, I’d been craving the concept of this tea for the last few days, so dug this out of the suitcase of tea sil very generously sent me.

This tea is delicious. I don’t even know that I’d necessarily identify it as a chocolate orange tea, although that might be because I put in a bit too much sugar for the orange to really taste orangey, but it was still a creamy, slightly citrusy and lightly chocolate cup. I typically don’t like chocolate in tea because I find it to taste obnoxious, but that isn’t the case here. As usual, the flavouring was subtle but also creamy and delicious, and I love the thickness of the assam base. Way to go!

I have enough left for another small cup, and will be happy to polish that off. Thanks again, sil!

Sil

this one makes me happy. Three friends i can’t drink. it just always tastes bad to me :(

keychange

I threw up in my mouth the last time I had a marshmallow tea, so I’m glad to have tried this version instead!

__Morgana__

LOL keychange

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2143 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (202)

Thank you Sil for sharing some of your custom blend. It definitely nails chocolate orange, capturing the essense of the fruit as opposed to the bitterness of the peel. However, at the end of the day, I am just not a chocolate orange person, nor am I a lover of orange teas. I will certainly get through this cup but this will be the last cup of this I would want.

Fjellrev

I’m excited that Stacy may reblend this one.

VariaTEA

If only the two friends were chocolate and marshmallow. That is something I could get behind :P

Fjellrev

Haha now I’m picturing a Wagon Wheel tea in my head. That would be hilarious.

Suziqzer

Maybe she needs to make you one called “two other friends” that is just chocolate and marshmallow :)

VariaTEA

Hahaha that sounds like I am in a fight with these two friends so I am trying to make them jealous by going to hang our with me two other friends :P

Suziqzer

Oh, maybe so … Didn’t think about it that way :)

OMGsrsly

VariaTEA, I would be all over that. Chocolate and marshmallow? Yes.

VariaTEA

Right!! It just sounds tasty.

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I’ve been thinking about it for months now but haven’t had the guts to actually do it. I want to start painting again. I stopped a while ago due to complicated reasons. But I feel time is right now. Just need to kick myself in the petuli and get my “clutter closet” in order, where all the painting gears are.

You know that space in your home where things get cluttered over the years and one day you open it and think, what the hell happened in there? Well that’s the closet I’m talking about. Am I the only one with such a problem?

Well I was up at 5h30 this morning, thinking, you can do this girl, it’s early and will take just a couple of hours. Just have a cup of delicious tea and read a little before you start. Several hours later, still sipping good tea and reading. WTF?? Come on fairy, gather some energy and just do it already!

Think this Guayusa combo might help? I just mixed whatever I had left of Good Morning Sunshine in the Tangerine Creamsicle jar. I made a large pot and hoping the Guayusa will kick in soon.

Beside its high energy concentration, Guayusa is delicious. These blends from Butilki are some of the best I have tried. There’s something about citrus and Gayusa that makes the flavours just explode! It is so fresh and bright, should have had it right from the start, my closet would be in order and I’d be painting by now!!!

Oh well, it’s never too late!

Thanks Butiki for being part of my creativity project!

yyz

Good luck with the clutter closet. If it makes you feel better I have a storage unit full of stuff I haven’t looked at deeply for years. It came from inheriting almost two household full of things before I finished University.

Have fun with re-embracing painting. My cousin is doing the same right now. Her career does involve art ( she owns an industrial interior design co.), but as she is the most involved in the marketing/management part of her work among her partners she does not get as many opportunities to do the part she loves. Enjoy it once you rediscover what you have!

__Morgana__

It’s awesome that you want to renew an artistic endeavor. I have periods where I stop writing for (also) complicated reasons and then re-engage with my typical monomania.

And you are not alone with the clutter problem. It is a part of my daily life ever since having kids. I have not had a cleared surface in ten years and it makes my skin crawl. Every now and then I go into a frenzy and try to get everything cleared away but inevitably it’s back where it started within days. Sigh.

TheTeaFairy

Thanks for the encouragement you gals! yyz, OMG, two household, how to deal with that?

I understand your cousin…the thing is once you stop, there’s lime a piece of you missing. So yes, I am planning on re-embracing it, no matter how rusted I may be :-)

Morgana, at least you have small children running around to excuse yourself, lol, I don’t!
Writing is also something I identify with a lot. (I’m a lot more eloquent in French as it comes a lot easier to me).
What do you like to write about?

Ysaurella

and what are you painting ? now we want to see your paintings :)

TheTeaFairy

Hehe, Ysaurella, I’m afraid I’m not ready to “expose” myself just yet! I haven’t done anything in many years…used to paint mostly solitaire trees in different variations of styles and colours…Never took lessons so don’t know if what I’m doing is right or wrong, just feels good doing it. My sister begs me to do more, she has several hanging on her walls, she’s so cute, she swears she doesn’t like them just because I’m her sister :-)

Ysaurella

ahaha I’ll wait so :)

__Morgana__

TF, I write short fiction. I started out writing straight literary stuff but for the last couple of years I’ve focused on speculative fiction.

OMGsrsly

TheTeaFairy, one thing you learn after doing art lessons for a few years (I did fine art all through high school), is that technique is baloney. Whatever get you the effect you want is A-OK. :)

TheTeaFairy

Morgana, i just saw a link in your bio, is that what you are referring to? Sure gonna have a closer look :-)

Thank you OMGsrsly for this comment, a confidence booster, maybe I’ll post my next “oeuvre d’art” sooner then, haha!

__Morgana__

TF, yep, that’s my bare bones “author” web site for speculative fiction that I was told in a class I really ought to have. ;-) If not for that I probably would have waited until I have a professional sale to report, but since it appears to be expected even of new authors in the genre I went ahead and put one up.

TheTeaFairy

Holly molly, this is serious stuff, you might just be the next big thing!!! I have bookmarked you, you’re on my official “to read” list :-)

__Morgana__

LOL. Well, that would be nice. But I have a long road ahead and my biggest challenge is to keep writing. I get frustrated when things in my brain don’t come out the way I want them to on the page, and I get frustrated when I have near misses from the big magazines. I know it’s all part of the process, but it’s still hard to keep motivated.

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1 tbsp for 248 ml

Creamy melon flavour. Very well balanced with the vegetal spinach-y flavour of the dragonwell.

Thank you to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

If you get bored tomorrow and wanna play some games just holler if you’re still in town :p

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Sipdown #6 of the day!
Once upon a time Sil sent me a sample of this, & I liked it so I bought some for my very own. This is the last of it!
This tea combines the richness of premium Taiwanese Assam with a bold thick dose of chocolate & the brightness juiciness of oranges!
Well done!

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This is one of Sil’s custom blends, and a tasty one at that!
First cup: 2 Tsp x 3 min, unsweetened.
Re-Steep: 5 Min with a little Maple Syrup…oh yeah!

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I’m taking a cup of this, & a cup of the Naughty Vicar (The London Tearoom) to the bubble bath. I’ve been taking short showers lately, I miss my bubbles. Nothing like a sweet cup of tea to soak with, & 2 cups are even better than one.

I already took a sip, & this is the best cup of this yet, just right. Maybe it’s because I actually followed the steeping parameters? LOL.

JustJames

my spaces are all filled up with either tea or bath stuff. enjoy your steep in the tub!

ashmanra

Terri’s in the tub with the naughty vicar!!!

ashmanra

Oh, and two friends, too!

gmathis

Hope it’s jacuzzi sized!

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys!

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The was sent to me from IndigoBloom via Sil, thanks girls!
This is also a sipdown, uh….298 I think.
A rather unusual blend of Cilantro, White tea, & Mango with a pinch of Hibiscus, the vision of Indigo. And a lovely vision it is!

Chelle

This one sound like a very interesting blend. Love mango…love cilantro!

Sil

i like this one a bit better than the pineapple cilantro blend stacy has…

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This is a sample sent to me by IndigoBloom in Sil’s Super Awesome Sample Box. Thanks girls!!

Admittedly, I was having trouble visualizing cilantro in any tea blend. I do enjoy cilantro, & I grow it in my garden. During the winter I grow it in my Aerogarden too. It’s great in salads, sprinkled on chili, eggs, etc., but I’ve never considered it in tea. I haven’t tried the pineapple cilantro yet either, but maybe I should, cuz this is good!
It’s unusually tasty, with the sweetness of mango, the creaminess of the white tea, a pinch of tart hibiscus, & very refreshing from the cilantro. Indigo, you’re a visionary! It’s so awesome that Stacy has the amazing talent of making dreams come true!

Sil

finally got the samples you sent to kittenna to her today :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I hope she enjoys them!

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It seems I was having a day of favourites.
This was as good as ever today. Yum.

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I made this cold brew style today and accidentally steeped for 9hrs vs the 3 that I intended.
So while it isn’t exactly bitter, it’s not at all what I had hoped for. Kindof bubblgummy in that standard “fruit” tea way and a teeny hint of Cilantro… Boo!! that was why I commissioned the blend in the first place. I heart cilantro!!
Thus, considering those two factors, not to mention that iced tea is not my fave, this is most definitely on the MEH side of things, but oh well, I accept full responsibility for that.
One day I’ll try again, when I have the time to pay proper attention!! Or when we finally find room in the freezer, I’ll make it iced (double strength over cubes)

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I’ve had this with short and long steeps and I love it both ways. Short is great when I know I’ll be around all day, but it’s so very satisfying when I can indulge in a longer one. The depth of the mango and cilantro flavour really gets me! and I’m truly looking forward to making a big batch of this iced, to drink while I read a book on the balcony. Hurry up summer!
Also… Stacy rocks. Very very much!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Butiki Teas

Oooh, I bet that is awesome iced! Why thank you, you rock too! :)

Kittenna

Mm, I should have a cup of this tomorrow :)

Indigobloom

Stacy, I’m positive it will be amazing. It will be interesting to see whether it brings out the mango more!
and thank you! :P
Kittenna, I agree, you should! lol

Sil

Ooh me too! Haha I think I subconsciously don’t drink it because I want to save it..

Terri HarpLady

Haven’t tried this one yet…

Sil

terri – it’s IB’s custom blend

Terri HarpLady

That explains why it’s not on the butiki menu!

Sil

Terri – if you remind me with the swap we have, i may have a bit that i can pass on to you. i can’t remember how much i’ve got left

Indigobloom

Terri, I’ll send you some!! pm me

Tea Sipper

Yeah, I can’t wait to sit outside. I was able to last year in early March! (I’m in NY so that actually is rare.)

Indigobloom

Last March was great! led into a nice summer, not too warm/cold!

Sil

IB – if you bring some next weekend i can toss it in to my swap with terri to save you mailing.

Indigobloom

omg that would be awesome. Pretty sure I’m on the post offices hit list or something haha

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Oh Stacy you have made me into a giggling tea nymph! I cannot get enough of this stuff. It is just perfect.
Normally I can’t stand hibiscus, but in this case it’s really added that special something. The mango is sweet, but with that extra punch of tart, it really tastes like mango salad.
And the cilantro. I love it almost more than tea. It is so darn tasty, I could eat it on it’s own with just a little bit of olive oil and lemon.
It’s really hard not to rate this because I would put it way up there, but since this is a custom blend made just for me I’ll have to resist.
The only downfall is that I filled up the tin I saved for it, but still have lots more to fill tins with… which means it will go stale before I can drink even half.
Oh and I need to make it with purified water, since tap water really ruins the delicate white base notes. Bah!

Kittenna

Neat! Can I snag a sample when we meet up? :D

Sil

no darling…it just means you have to SHARE!

Indigobloom

Definitely!! darn, you just spoiled my surprise hahaha (not very well hidden obviously!)

Sil

sounds like a tasty blend though…i love me some mango.

Indigobloom

Meeee to :D

Bonnie

Wow how fun!

Indigobloom

Bonnie, can you have cilantro? I’ll send you some, in the new year when things settle down!

gmathis

Love the giggling tea nymph phrasery!

Indigobloom

hehehe thanks Gmathis!
I chose the name of this one to, surprised no one has commented how odd it is

Butiki Teas

I love the name! :)

Kittenna

Haha, I noticed the name and was wondering who chose it, but failed to comment on that!

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