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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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Butiki Teas is having an awesome “Create-Your-Own-Blend” tea contest. I was honored to have one of my submissions nominated by her panel of judges.

You can view the teas and vote here: http://www.butikiteas.com/Contest.html

Here is my submission:

Grateful Castaway’s Chilipaya Sweet Tropical Heat
Autumn, 1645

You, an intrepid tea trader caught in a storm in the Atlantic and blown wildly off course. Your mast torn, you drift for days, surviving by eating dry tea leaves and drinking rainwater captured in your tiny yixing teapot. At sunset, you see a speck of land on the horizon. You feel elated that your journey of hardship is over. However, hunger, thirst, and delirium overtake you and you drift helplessly off to sleep dreaming of better days to come. Hours later, you awake to a hot sun beating down on you. You are on a sandy beach clutching your last tea chest, out of the corner of your eye you spot the remnants of your ship smashed against some nearby rocks. With no tools, and no strength, you cannot access your only source of nourishment-your Nilgiri Frost Oolong tea leaves. Too weak to stand, you contemplate the last hours of your life. Suddenly, a crash right next to your ear! Just missing your head, your tea chest has been smashed open by a falling coconut! Landing within arms reach, you see the coconut has been cracked open as well and you find some of your tea leaves steeping in the coconut shell. Your stomach is not ready for solid food, so you guzzle the coconut milk tea with all your remaining constitution. Invigorated from the unusual drink, you arise and survey your surroundings. The beach is deserted, save for the lone, sparse coconut tree. The island appears uninhabited. You grab the last two coconuts and decide to move inland to search the distant forest for fresh water. It is essential to keep hydrated until the inevitable rescue of the important tea trader occurs. Inside the forest, you find myriad types of ripened fruit within arms reach or on the ground-papayas, mangos, limes, sucking every last drop of juice before you devour their flesh. The sugar rush is intense and you begin to ramble through the dense forest somewhat recklessly, picking up various fruits as you go. You encounter an unusual bush with a pretty little orange-red fruit. You take a bite and experience so much fire down your throat that you drop the fruit and fall backwards, spilling all of your tropical comestibles. Could this be the “hellfire habanero” you had seen mentioned in Magellan’s journals? Uprighting yourself, you frantically grab your coconut milk tea to cool off, only to realize as you gulp that the dreaded firebomb along with your other fruits has fallen into the drink. Strangely, the other fruits seem to tame the “devil fruit” in your tea. Although your throat still feels a little bit of heat, the succulent papaya fuses wonderfully into this serendipitous concoction, soothing your throat and heartburn. You calm down and start to notice the unique flavors. The unusual combination of sweet tropical fruits with the devil heat is amazing! Mangos, limes, habanero peppers, papaya, coconut and tea blending together as one. Papaya, habanero, and coconut are most prominent, but all the fruits are also identifiable separately. You thank fate for bestowing upon you this nectar of the gods as you continue to imbibe. You savor the sweetness and spice without getting the sugar high or burning throat as when eating all those tropical delights whole. Feeling relaxed, a quiet alertness takes over, your senses finely tuned. You see a creek that leads to a lush waterfall. Huge butterflies of every color casually flutter around you. A rainbow of delicate flowers emerges in every direction. Birds and trees of such beauty and rarity abound. You meander down to the stream gathering some crystal-clear water to make a cup of proper Nilgiri Frost Oolong in your coconut shell. As it steeps, you cannot help yourself, you are compelled to start throwing pieces of papaya, mango, lime, and yes, even a piece of that devil habanero into the shell! You ponder your fate while you sip this magical elixir. Away from the frenetic world, alone in this tropical paradise, your fears of survival until rescue evaporate and instead you, the grateful castaway, wonder “Do I ever WANT to be rescued?”

Grateful Castaway’s Chilipaya Sweet Tropical Heat is concocted by a fortuitous melange of Nilgiri Frost Oolong tea from the Blue Mountains of South India, red habanero peppers, papaya chunks, coconut shreds, mango pieces, lime and minute amounts of ginger bits and freeze-dried garlic. Daydreams of tropical paradise included at no extra charge.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
6059 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)
6059 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)
6059 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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
6059 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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
6059 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)
6059 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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
6059 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)
6059 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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 tasting notes

Drank this recently. Need to stop drinking it so much because I’m tiring of it. Sigh. I might have had it more than once, actually, but it’s only getting one very backlogged tasting note.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 tasting notes

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 tasting notes

I really need to label my packages of this so I stop nipping bits from all of them :/ Anyhow, this was divine in my mug today. Chocolatey orangey perfection. So amazing.

Amariel

Hard combo to get wrong. Love chocolate and orange. :)

Cavocorax

I’m going to be sad when this is gone. This was the only chocolate orange tea that really worked for me!

Stephanie

miss this one

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 tasting notes

Still trying to figure out if the reblend I bought a bunch of is less chocolatey than the first couple versions… it kind of seems that way, but I’ll have to actually have a full regular mug’s full before really figuring that out. It just doesn’t seem quite the same as before. Still good, though (and I have a travel mug of it to get through tomorrow. Which will be delicious.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
adagio breeze

Which reblend was it? The one I have is from the 2014 birthday sale, I believe.

Fjellrev

Hmm, I got mine from a late spring batch and found that it wasn’t particularly flavourful. I wonder which batch that was.

Kittenna

Mine is 2014 bday sale. I have some from more recently though, and it seems to be a bit more potent.

Kittenna

More recently as well – I have a lot, haha.

Fjellrev

Ah! Mine was from the same batch then, and it’s the only time I had it. Good to hear that previous versions were more flavourful at least. Just too bad I missed out!

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 tasting notes

Sipdown! But another fake one, because it’s really just a sipdown of my 2 oz. bag, and I’ve already even opened the 4 oz. one. The leaves were pretty broken for this cup, given that it was the bottom of the bag, so it’s verging towards astringent (I also probably overleafed because of that), but it’s still chocolatey orange goodness. Apparently, like many other people, I have a strong preference for autumn/winter-themed teas…. yum.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 tasting notes

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 tasting notes

Yum. Picked up 4 oz. of this in the recent sale, and it’s still just as amazing. Perhaps a touch more orangey, and I think I put a few too many leaves in the infuser last time, but it’s simply delicious regardless. Although I like variety with my teas, I could probably last happily for quite a while with just PTA, Two Friends, and HellowSweetie.

Cavocorax

Yes! This one needs to be a standard tea!

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 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.

Kittenna

It really is good. SOOOO good.

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 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)
2848 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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2848 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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