Custom (Butiki)

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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)
5583 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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90
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
5583 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)
5583 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)
5583 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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90
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
5583 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)
5583 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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90
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
5583 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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90
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
5583 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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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 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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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 tasting notes

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 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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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 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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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 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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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 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)
2661 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)
2661 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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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 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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100
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 tasting notes

Yup, still the best chocolate orange tea ever. This probably comes the closest to satisfying cravings for Terry’s Chocolate Oranges that I’ll ever come without ingesting hundreds of (delicious) calories. I bet sweetening it a bit would make it even more delicious…. but that’s such a slippery slope…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

If it’s anything like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange then I think I just may be in heaven when I try this!

Sil

it’s really tasty, though i prefer two friends to three friends lol

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 tasting notes

Travel mug! Tastes delicious, as expected. I think I may prefer it in a regular mug though (but most teas taste better that way).

ETA: Yum. This lasts for one amazing second infusion, and a decent third.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
2661 tasting notes

Mmmmmmm. Travel mugged some of this yesterday and it was pretty amazing. All deliciously chocolatey with just enough orange. I think I overleafed though – no measuring spoons at the boy’s place. Still tasty, just a potential waste of tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Very full flavour. Sweetness of the mango/fruitiness coming through with the great cilantro complement. The tea is thick and brothy.

Second infusion at 4 minutes. The flavours from the first infusion are present but are not as robust. I’m detecting a nutty flavour. A different experience from the first infusion but still very enjoyable.

Third infusion at 5 minutes. Overall flavour toned down quite a bit. Mild white tea taste is primary with hints of mango sweetness and cilantro in background. Would not likely do well past the third infusion.

Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

yay!! so happy you like this :D

Azzrian

Sounds YUM!

Sil

Azz – it’s pretty darn delicious :)

Raritea

It IS as yummy as it sounds!! I was really happy with this one!

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drank Mango Silly Antro by Custom (Butiki)
5583 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

IB – this is actually pretty tasty cold brewed, plus the coluor’s awfully pretty, a pale pink :) Totally running late for getting out of the house today so incoming tasting notes while we’re in transit but yeah. I still prefer this hot, but cold it’s a nice refreshing glass of tea as well. I like how the cilantro and mango come out a bit more in the cold.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Indigobloom

Odd, I didn’t get any cilantro at all! maybe as an iced tea :)

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drank Mango Silly Antro by Custom (Butiki)
5583 tasting notes

Having a few delicious cups of this with dinner tonight. Cilantro in the enchiladas! and cilantro in the tea! that’s pretty much the only reason i did that, plus it’s so very nearly a sipdown lol AND my mango lassi tasting note reminded me that i do have this other mango blend from stacy

I am enjoying the fruity mango-ness of this tea quite a bit :)

Indigobloom

I had this cold brewed today. Not as good as I’d hoped :/

Sil

noooooooooooo don’t tell me that! lol I tossed the last of it in a cold brew so that i can drink it up tomorrow haha

Indigobloom

oh. take a sip after two or three hrs and see what happens with that!! :)

Sil

i’ll be sleeping at that point lol

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