Three Friends (Orange, Marshmallow, Chocolate)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Chinese Black Tea, Chocolate Chip, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan), Organic Orange Peel
Flavors
Dark Chocolate, Marshmallow, Orange, Chocolate, Cream, Orange Zest, Malt
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Tea Pet
Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 7 g 11 oz / 333 ml

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  • “1100 tasting notes down. An infinite number to go! I'm logging this one under this tea since it's essentially "my" version of 3 friends. By that I mean that one of the other wonderful...” Read full tasting note
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  • “this seems like a good tea to drink on the day after Halloween! I've been trying to curb my cravings for chocolate but a dessert tea is healthier and pretty tasty too!” Read full tasting note
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  • “So, pretty much *Sil* (and Stacy!) are awesome, because I get to try "Sil's version" of this tea, which is just chocolate orange assam. This tea pretty much smells like a dark chocolate Terry's...” Read full tasting note
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    kittenna 2244 tasting notes
  • “It's been quite a while since I had this - and it's a backlog from at least a few days ago. Followed the recommended parameters on this and added some milk and sugar. The orange has faded from...” Read full tasting note
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From Butiki Teas

Three Friends (Orange, Marshmallow, Chocolate)
One day we got a call from Marina, a local shop owner, asking us if we would be interested in selling packaged tea in their store, ShowCase Collective, in Bordentown, NJ. We were very excited to be a part of a shop that sells high quality products from local artists. We got to spend a good amount of time in the shop handing out samples of our tea and getting to know two of the owners, Marina and Roya, and got to hear about how creative the third owner, Cindy, is. The two owners were so amazing and inspiring that we wanted to create a blend for the shop that would speak about each of their personalities. Marina is energizing, fun, and has a wonderful spirit. For her we chose orange. Roya is warm, friendly, and family oriented so we chose chocolate for her and the Zhen Qu base tea. Cindy, the creative owner, gets marshmallow because it adds that extra creative element to the blend. This tea has strong orange notes followed by marshmallow notes and dark chocolate notes that linger. The chocolate is very dark and just misses being bitter. Three Friends really shines with a little sugar. The dark chocolate becomes milk chocolate, the orange is juicy, and the sweet marshmallow remains prominent.

Ingredients: Chinese Black Tea, Chocolate Chips (vegan), Organic Orange Peel Pieces, Organic Natural Flavoring (vegan)

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

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1100 tasting notes down. An infinite number to go!

I’m logging this one under this tea since it’s essentially “my” version of 3 friends. By that I mean that one of the other wonderful surprises Stacy sent along to me in my last order was a small sample of 3 friends tea, sans marshmallow. Yes people…she’s paying attention and being awesome!

I’d remarked in one of my notes that perhaps it was the marshmallow flavour that was giving this a bitterness that i just can’t get behind no matter how much i want to love this tea.

So the verdict? I DO much prefer this without the marshmallow flavour. One of the other samples that stacy sent me had marshmallow flavouring in it, and though it balanced quite nicely with that tea, i could taste the same taste as what makes me frown with 3 friends. Soooo note to self, I have a hard time with Stacy’s Marshmallow flavouring. That being said, it’s not really a “flavour” that i’m in love with anyway. I want the whole package…the texture, the way is poofs in your mouth, that artificial gooeyness… not just the taste :)

Thank you so much for this stacy! I really do like this version a great deal! (not changing the rating though since 3 friends original is what i rated here)

Fjellrev

That is so sweet of her to have done this for you. Stacy, you rule. :)

Sil

I wholeheartedly agree incendiare!

Kittenna

Hmm, if that bitter flavour was caused by the marshmallow, which is gone – that’s awesome! Because I really enjoyed this blend but for that final bitter aftertaste. I had been thinking it was the base tea, but I have some of that Zhen Qu and it’s quite lovely, no bitterness at all. Glad the problem was figured out! Even if the original blend will still contain marshmallow :)

Sil

Kittenna – I’ll see if i can hold on to some for when we’re up so that you can try it.

Kittenna

If you have enough to do so, that would be great! I figured you’d only have small samples though :)

Butiki Teas

The marshmallow flavoring tastes really sweet to me. I kind of thought it might be the orange rind, which is a tiny bit sour-y. I do like the chocolate and orange on the Taiwanese Assam a lot. One of these days I want to make a flavored tea with that base.

Sil

maybe it’s the combo of the marshmallow and tea base lol. And the assam just works better. At this point i’ve got zero clue. Next time i’m in the area i’ll swing by your place stacy and we can try every iteration/combination haha

Butiki Teas

Hahaha. Yeah, I definitely love how that Assam works. Now what to make with it? Hmmmm.

Sil

i suggest caramel or toffee or strawberry or cream or…yeah so just make something fabulous as usual :)

Butiki Teas

I have a few ideas. We shall see.

Sil

Happy to be a tester anytime lol

Butiki Teas

Well, you know me I love sharing some in-progress samples.

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this seems like a good tea to drink on the day after Halloween! I’ve been trying to curb my cravings for chocolate but a dessert tea is healthier and pretty tasty too!

Fjellrev

Oh, this would totally be a great post-Halloween tea!

Amariel

I like this one a lot and wish I’d gotten more.

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So, pretty much Sil (and Stacy!) are awesome, because I get to try “Sil’s version” of this tea, which is just chocolate orange assam.

This tea pretty much smells like a dark chocolate Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Absolutely perfect. However, teas don’t always taste as they smell, and chocolate orange seems to be a particularly difficult flavour. This one though?? OMG OMG OMG!!! This is by FAR the best chocolate orange tea I’ve had. It tastes like a liquid chocolate orange. There is even sweetness in this… not that it’s a sweet tea, but there is a sweetness to it. Ahh. It’s like orange hot chocolate minus the calories.

I kind of regret drinking this without my boyfriend around – maybe this tea he would have liked?

Anyways… I really think that this should become a new tea on the website… this is amazing. It would be getting a rating of 95+ from me, but I can’t do that here because my rating here is for the real version of this tea, which has a different base, and marshmallow. This is my perfect Orange Chocolate tea, no question. Thanks so much for sharing, Sil!

ETA: Second infusion is less chocolatey, but still has delicious orange flavour. I’m getting serious raisin notes in the aftertaste though, which kind of doesn’t go with the whole chocolate orange theme (but I love the flavour, so don’t care!) I didn’t get them in the first infusion, so they were likely masked by the flavouring then (and it’s only in the aftertaste that they are appearing now).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
CrowKettle

I love chocolate oranges! This sounds like it should be a thing.

Kittenna

Very much yes. I think the original blend does taste like chocolate oranges to some people, but both Sil and I were picking up on a strange flavouring/base note that was ruining the experience for us (other than that, it tasted amazing). A swap of the base, and removal of marshmallow flavouring, and it’s now perfect.

Sil

Glad this versions worked out for you lol

Kittenna

Oh man. So good.

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-I don’t think we are going to make this one available on the website but I would be happy to make you a small batch for you anytime.

Sil

Stacy….was going to ask you about doing that possibly heh

Also…caramel vanilla here I am! Lol

Terri HarpLady

This sounds yummy!!

Kittenna

How small is a small batch [I’m seriously considering this]? Also – I’m curious as to the base! I know it’s assam, but which one is it?

Butiki Teas

Kitttena-Whatever size you wanted. Its the regular Premium Taiwanese Assam.

Kittenna

I was suspecting that, since I was enjoying it so much. I shall be in touch, heh.

Sil

Kitenna – we should pick a size! :)

Terri HarpLady

hmmm, I might have to get in on this action!

Butiki Teas

Terri-Let me know if you are interested. If I make a batch for them then it would be less work to combine it.

Kittenna

Sil – I hadn’t read your comment yet, but just came on here to say that yes, we will be ordering some of this. I am pretty sure I want PTA as the base for EVERYTHING now…

Amariel

Sounds yummy! I am a huge chocolate orange fan.

Kittenna

SO GOOD.

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It’s been quite a while since I had this – and it’s a backlog from at least a few days ago.

Followed the recommended parameters on this and added some milk and sugar. The orange has faded from this but the chocolate is still there. It tasted a bit thin even with the milk and I didn’t get much marshmallow in anything but texture.

Wasn’t a terrible cup, but I do think its lost something to age. I really need to drink my stash faster…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh noes! :(

JustJames

i have some of this coming in a couple of weeks. yippy!

QueenOfTarts

I’ve also felt like my Three Friends tea that I have is losing some of its flavor to age. It’s still good, but definitely not as much marshmallow/orange as before!

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I have so many notices in my Dashboard, I can’t access them (over 1400!) This is why I’m struggling to keep up and reply to folks on here. Bleh. I apologize to any and all that I’m seemingly avoiding. Really, it’s just my feed! :$

Marshmallow hits me first, then orange, then only a touch of chocolate. Subtle and lovely. I love the marshmallow in here!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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OMGsrsly and I met up today so I could grab my part from the massive Butiki group order we did. Wow, that was a lot of tea (back up to 113 from 86)! Thank you, Stacy and OMGsrsly, for the lovely packaging (and repackaging) of that crazy amount of tea.

The loose leaf smells exactly like chocolate oranges, a seasonal favourite of mine. I’d forgotten that Zhen Qu is the base for this; it’s a neat tea to see and deliciously chocolaty.

Steeped, the chocolate orange aroma becomes a little more subdued and the marshmallow comes out. The orange, chocolate, and marshmallow flavours are all easily distinguishable. The chocolate in particular is dynamic. Through the course of the mug it went from being as strong as cocoa nibs to being as creamy as milk chocolate, with the wax and wane of the prevalence of the marshmallow and tea base. There’s a subtle hint of nuttiness, that when coupled with the citrus, suggests a bitter intonation.

Not that this tea even needs it, but I gave the last of the sample the soy milk treatment. I think it may have multiplied the marshmallow flavour by a hundred. The orange is toned down too, and the chocolate is now strictly milk chocolate. This cup is insanely rich and indulgent.

Mmm, I see myself picking up more of this near the fall, as a healthier alternative to marshmallows, chocolate, and chocolate oranges.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

the shipping gods hate me….. i’ve been waiting for my butikis for 10 days.

CrowKettle

Waiting any length of time for a Butiki order is a awful, but I’m impatient. I hope it get’s to you by Monday! Did you order this one?

JustJames

alas i did not! when i spoke to stacy she said i had three samples i could choose… i chose three, would switch one, then two… i was playing three card monty with teas! i finally settled and refused to look any further, lol.

CrowKettle

What did you end up getting? I know I find it hard to choose too. :)

OMGsrsly

I’m glad you enjoyed drinking this one! Definitely not a favourite smell for me. :)

JustJames

grrrrr… can’t remember… one second….. tick tick tick: rose violet calendula oolong, pineapple cilantro creme and the lychee oolong. these ones! along with 5 guyasas (the sampler), some caramel vanilla assam and something else that i have lost track of.

JustJames

P.S. i have been told that stacy is the best in the business for flavouring. so i went for so more challenging samples because it will show just how great she is!

OMGsrsly

James, I’ve been pretty well impressed so far! The base teas are also really lovely.

JustJames

i am exceptionally excited…. and distinctly impatient, lol.

TheTeaFairy

I will say this: one has never tasted real flavoured tea until he/she has tried Butiki’s. And no one is paying me to say it!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Ooh, this sounds good. I’m always willing to try flavoured teas, but they so often disappoint. (Googles Butiki…)

Amariel

Did you get OMGsrsly the Pineapple Cilantro Cream for her and I to share, out of curiosity?

CrowKettle

I’m probably extremely biased, but it’s hard to go wrong with Butiki, whether they teas are flavoured or unflavoured. :)

@JustJames, I picked up the rose violet oolong for a sample too, this time around. I haven’t tried most of those yet, but have only heard good things about the caramel vanilla assam.

@Heather, yes she has it! ;)

Amariel

Awesome, awesome!

OMGsrsly

I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet, Heather! But I’ll take a couple spoonfuls and pass it on. :)

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This time, I’m getting marshmallow. This was a really nice cup of this tea. Bright orange, rich chocolate, sweet fluffy marshmallow, all on a tasty, interesting base tea. Thanks again to MissB for a sample of this one!

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Last night I was torn between drinking this or maple pecan oolong. Maple pecan won so as soon as I opened my eyes this morning I started making this to take to work.

Oh, it comes in the cutest little tin. I’m a sucker for miniature versions of any ol’ thing, really. It’s not like the tin itself is cute, it’s just the size of it that makes it so. I was surprised to find it too, I’m used to the butiki bags. But yay!

The tea leaves are brown and curly with chocolate chips throughout as well as small dried orange rinds. If you touch it, you’ll feel it damp and I realized just now it’s probably from the citrus oils found in the rind. Maybe. It smells exactly like those chocolate oranges from … Who makes those… Terry’s?

Steeped, the flavour matches the aroma, the citrus stronger than the chocolate and yes, the orange rinds lend a slight bitterness. Not unpleasant but if you’re not expecting it you get taken by surprise. So yeah, the flavour is more orange rind than orange juice. Not sure this makes sense but I’m doing my best! If you’ve ever peeled oranges and cooked the rinds for a dessert or whatever, you know the taste I’m taking about.

I sweetened it and it was really good, however the creamer I added was a mistake. Won’t do it again. It was vanilla creamer and it just confused things, maybe even enhanced the citrus which I was not shooting for. I was going for the creamsicle effect but failed on that account. If you’re into adding dairy, don’t add it to your cup, just pour off a bit and try it that way in case you’re not a fan. Especially since it is quite good without milk/cream, it would be a pity to wreck it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Stephanie

Yep, I think its Terry’s!

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My headache last night turned into a full blown migraine, and by the time I got home I was craving something chocolatey and comforting quite badly. A cup of this hit the spot, along with some of my normal pain killers. I think this is one of those teas that I’m going to notice more about each time I drink it. Unless it was just my imagination, I think the tea base itself has something a little chocolatey about it. I added a splash of milk about half way through the cup, just to compare, and I think that definitely helped the highlight the creaminess of the marshmallow. An intriguing tea, and one I know I’m going to look forward to drinking time and time again!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I was talking to myself recently “Hey self, why don’t you ever drink flavored tea’s anymore? you’re getting to be out of touch and boring!”
(I’d probably be boring anyway, but to the point…)

It was true! I had slipped down the slope of tea mental-pause and was boring even to myself!
I love my Black Tea’s, Oolongs and Pu-er…but now and then I want DESSERT! (No umpteen steeps and no Gaiwan!)

So who do you call when the sweet tooth needs to be satisfied…
STACY at BUTIKI that’s who! (I know there are others you can call but honestly, if I have a choice on interesting (sometimes funny) flavors that are natural and ones I can count on, it’s Stacy!)…besides…she’s a hoot and nice!

If I melted down an Orange Creamsicle, and added a little chocolate it would taste like this. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
(Hope ya’ll got that!)

I HATE tea that is so artificially flavored that it makes your tongue feel furry and the aftertaste goes sour…yuck! Gives me a migraine! Not Stacy’s tea’s and not this one!

It’s dreamy creamy…(not sour), orangy and fabulously good.
The chocolate is there but not the star. Creamsicle is the star!

Great Dessert Tea

Sil

Do you remember how you steeped this one?

Bonnie

Western in a pot 18oz. 1TB. 3min. boiling spring water. Added splenda and leche evaporada (can milk) just like I was in Hong Kong!

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