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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
417 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)
417 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)
1359 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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
4043 tasting notes

mmmmm i have having an excellent morning. Delicious teas, quiet work day and time to just relax. :) Also love being able to watch TV while i’m working heh – not something i do often but today i don’t need to concentrate as hard as I usually do. :) I’ll have to restock this one eventually when i get around to placing another Butiki order. :)

keychange

Can anyone order this from stacy? Or only you? LOL

Sil

haha pretty sure anyone can, but she’d have to make a special batch so there’s a minimum quantity involved. I can’t remember if i included some of this in your box…i might have…

Courtney

I thought this one was special and I just decided I would never have it haha. That’s cool she could make up a batch if enough of us want some.

Sil

Haha no. Kitenna ordered some with me as well last time. I hated three friends and I was sooooooo disappointed. Stacy (because she’s awesome) helped me figure out how to love her version of chocolate orange

keychange

We should band together and put in a request then! I also thought this was special and I’d never get to try some either LOL.

Courtney

I am in!

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
4043 tasting notes

nom nom nom. I keep thinking that i’ve shared this more often than i have. It must be because i hoard this. I love this version from stacy so much :)

Nicole

Funny that you hoard something called “friends.” :P

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
4043 tasting notes

it has been WAAAAY too long since i had this tea. I really love this blend, so much more than 3 friends. Not that three friends is bad, but it’s less for me. I really need to bring this out more often.

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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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2221 tasting notes

Forgot to log this from a few days ago. Such an amazingly awesome tea.

ETA: Why is “orange” not a flavour?! Just orange zest? This is most certainly not zest.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Tabby

There are so many flavors that need to be added. I’ve suggested like 20.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2221 tasting notes

Ohhhhh delicious, delicious tea. Can you believe that I forgot this tea even existed?! Crazy. Anyhow, It was amazing today. Favourite chocolate orange tea, hands down. Eventually I’ll order more, but thankfully I still have enough for a few more cups. The chocolate just blends so well with the base and the orange is absolutely lovely… definitely more fruity than peel (I don’t care for peel). Mmm.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
4043 tasting notes

had a cup of this in the afternoon…today is just a day to enjoy and drink what i want :) I haven’t had this in a while since i keep wanting to hoard and save it.

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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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
4043 tasting notes

I had this in the morning and it was delicious. One of these days i’ll try three friends again but i’m pretty sure i’ll still enjoy two friends more :)

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2221 tasting notes

Mmm. Travel mug-ful of this on Saturday, and a re-steep tonight, which unfortunately isn’t super awesome (probably because I left it sitting too long).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2221 tasting notes

On the other hand…. this tea is an exception to the “don’t buy in large quantities” rule. Although I think 2 oz. at a time is sufficient. This tea is so frigging delicious, chocolatey-orangey mouthwateringly good. I wish I hadn’t been so sleepy while at my boyfriend’s place on Sunday… I forgot to bring my infuser home :( So sadly, only got one cup out of it this time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
4043 tasting notes

I’ve got some backlogging to do…yes i do! It’s been a busy couple of week. Had this one a couple of days ago and it’s still as delicious and wonderful. I love this version from Stacy and as long as she’ll keep making it, i’ll keep it in my cupboard :)

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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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2221 tasting notes

Ahhhh, so good. I always get at least 3 infusions out of these leaves – the flavour lingers forever! It’s so amazingly delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2221 tasting notes

How on earth is my rating only 91? Bump!! I absolutely love this tea… I’m finding it to be one that I’m frequently craving, and have to restrict myself from drinking so that I don’t need to order more before the end of the summer. Such an amazing tea, and I always get three infusions from it :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
4043 tasting notes

pulled this one out of the cupboard this morning as well since i wanted a tasty delicious sure thing to go with my straight black. Still really loving this and i’ll be sorry when it’s gone and i have to beg stacy to blend up some more for me :)

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
4043 tasting notes

Mmmmm…..busted open the package of this one today and man, I’d almost forgotten how delicious this one is. I really do love it with this base and the lack of marshmallows. Such a good yummy cup of orange and chocolate!

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