Custom Blends
Have an idea for an amazing tea? Then we suggest working with us to develop your perfect blend. We work one on one to gain an understanding of exactly what you are looking for and create that blend. Please keep in mind that we require a nonrefundable 8 oz purchase of each custom blend paid up front. Additionally, we only take on existing customers. For serious inquiries, please email Stacy Lim. Below are some short interviews with customers that have commissioned custom blends that are now available on our website.

Foxy Roxy's Banana Walnut Treat
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I'm just a simple gal, a free spirit who enjoys simple pleasures in life. Books, art in any shape or form, music and tea are basically what makes my world go round!

I live close to nature in Quebec, Canada, where some winters never end it seems... Animal lover, I will rescue any type of life form that will knock on my door.

My love life: I was lucky to meet the man of my dreams many years ago, and to this day, he still completes me in every way possible!

When did you first become interested in loose leaf teas? It was my Grandma who introduced me to loose leaf tea for the first time, she loved Jasmin Chinese tea. I must have been about 7 years old, so I've been drinking loose leaf nearly all my life! But the last two years got me into more refined teas. My palate rapidly evolved, and Butiki became my favorite online tea shop!

What are your tea preferences? I will describe my tea preferences as relationships: I'm married to straight Blacks. I have torrid love affairs with Oolongs. My BFF are Greens. I have distant White acquaintances that I like to visit once in a while. I socialize more and more with Pu'erhs. I party with Flavored. There you have it, in a nut shell! I come to the conclusion that monogamy does not exist in the world of tea. It's more of an ongoing dating game and I like it!

What are your tea rituals? My tea ritual involves my pets. As I reach for the kettle, Doberman Dexter sits and observes, hoping to learn how to serve tea one day. The cats, Happy and Pixelle anticipate the moment I'll go sit and sip. They know they'll soon be lying on my laps, getting love and affection :-)

If you were banished to an island, what type of tea would you bring if you could chose only one? If I was banished on an Island and could only bring one type of tea (what a sad thought!), it would have to be Black teas, cause they are reliable, low maintenance, and yet so versatile! But hopefully on that Island, there would be tea trees and we could start our own estate and transform Camellia Sinensis into whatever type of tea we fancy :-)

What is your favorite tea from Butiki Teas? Why? It's hard to pick a favorite tea from Butiki, but My favorite flavored tea is beloved Flowery Pinapple Oolong. The pineapple taste is so juicy, there's such a brightness about this tea that makes me happy, I see life in yellow when I drink it! (I must mention that Foxy Roxy's Banana Walnut Treat and Cantaloupe & Cream are close runner ups!) if I have to, I say Premium Taiwanese Assam just because no other tea tastes like it! I could drink it forever and never get tired of it!

How did you come up with the idea for pairing banana, Keemun, and walnut? Foxy Roxy's Banana Walnut Treat came to life by accident. I'm a huge fan of the banana, I eat it everyday. One day, I was having a very ripe and sweet banana while drinking Keemun tea. It tasted awesome! It got me curious and I dared the unthinkable: I added mashed banana and walnuts to my cup, I did! It was gross looking, but it tasted really good, better than most banana flavored teas I've had!

Can you tell us a little bit about the process of how this tea came about? I desperately needed help from the only true Tea Alchemist I know, so I emailed Stacy. Turned out she was already working on a banana tea! She tested the Keemun and walnuts, and played her magic. The rest is history!

Where did the nickname Foxy Roxy come from? Stacy surprised me by naming it Roxanne's Banana Walnut Treat. She wrote that she initially thought of "Foxy Roxy" but figured it might be too out there for me...little did she know, in high school, I was the only girl named Roxanne. My friends thought it was a cool name and everybody started calling me Foxy Roxy, it became my nick name :-) So Foxy Roxy is perfect and makes me feel like a tea celebrity, LOL!

How would you describe this tea? Sometimes, the hardest thing to achieve is to keep things simple. It offers plenty of sumptuous natural freeze dried bananas paired with hints of fresh walnuts. The nice and smooth Keemun base brings it all together. This tea does just that, and that's why I like it.

Who would you recommend this tea to? This tea will please you if you're a banana lover, but even if you're not, I'd still give it a shot. All you need in order to appreciate it is a preference for natural and subtle flavors, and a love for excellent quality Keemun :-)

Thank you Butiki and Stacy for giving me the perfect Banana treat, it was so much fun being part of the process!

Thanks to Roxanne for the fantastic blend idea and for the wonderful pictures. To see more pictures, please visit The Story Behind Foxy Roxy's Walnut Treat.

Mary (South Carolina)

Lemon French Macaron (Custom Blend Contest Winner)
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I'm Mary, 29 years old and born and raised in South Carolina! I live happily with my husband and our three dogs in our eclectic little house! I work both indoors and outdoors, and I enjoy vegetable gardening, comic and comic art collecting, fashion of all kinds, traveling, and anything that combines scones & tea in large quantities, and preferably while wearing elaborate, frilly dresses!

Can you tell us a something you are passionate about other than tea? Fashion would definitely be number one, especially niche Japanese fashion. I love their eclectic street fashion that you don't see much here in the USA, so I began seeking it out back in 2008 and haven't stopped since. The Japanese brand "Jane Marple" comes closest to embodying one of my favorite aesthetics at this point in time - it's very British mixed with classic, vintage elements. Collecting comics and original comic art from the DC universe would be my second favorite hobby.

What are your tea preferences? Black tea is my favorite and I can drink it anytime of day (even late at night!). I love iced floral or fruit teas during spring and summer for breakfast and lunch, and during fall and winter, I love hot fall-type teas, like pumpkin, chai, anything with a winter or pastry note! I also love fruity oolongs and green teas, but my favorite for years was white tea, preferably Jasmine!

If money was no object and you could take a tea-related trip somewhere, where would you go and what would you do? I'd probably do the same thing I do every year, and that's have afternoon tea at all of my favorite spots in Tokyo! Afternoon tea is my favorite luxury while traveling, and I have some enjoyed some great tea services at many tasty spots. I've had afternoon tea in places like London and Scotland as well, but I have yet to find any place that tops Tokyo. If money were no object, I'd make it a monthly occurrence hah!

What is your desert island tea? Blueberry black tea, because I've never met one I'm unhappy drinking both hot and cold!

What is your favorite tea from Butiki Teas? Why? Almond Indulgence is my absolute favorite, which is actually pretty odd because normally I really don't care for almond-flavored anything, but this tea blew me away and it is my go to cup of hot tea during the evening!

How did you come up with the idea for Lemon French Macaron? I was sipping a cup of Almond Indulgence one night and nibbling on some lemon macarons with a light vanilla-lemon buttercream filling and thought a matching macaron tea would be amazing!

You also submitted two other tea ideas, Vanilla Earl Grey Chai and a Smokey Chocolate Keemun Chai. Which of the three was your favorite? All three embody elements that I love! I've had an Earl Grey Chai before that I tried to tweak on my own to make the perfect cup by adding vanilla. I love lapsang souchong and always wish my chai teas had a bit more depth (hence the Smokey Chocolate Chai), and the Lemon French Macaron embodies three of my favorite things, lemon macarons, Butiki's almond indulgence elements, and white tea. The Lemon French Macaron feels much more year-round to me though, so I'm happy that one was the idea selected!

Were you surprised that the Lemon French Macaron won? Yes! Though I had a ton of friends and family that loved the idea and were backing me up and really spreading the word, so that was awesome!

We worked on 7 different samples for you to try. What was it about this sample that you enjoyed the most and was it much different than the others? This one had the best balance of creamy flavor vs. delicious lemon taste & scent + that almond I love so much (which is the primary ingredient in macaron shells!) Some other samples had a pastry note to them but not as much creaminess, and some were very strong on the lemon notes! This final one definitely has the best balance!

How would you describe this tea? Soft, creamy, lemon-scented, almond deliciousness!

Who would you recommend this tea to?Anyone that enjoys a delicate white tea mixed with the sweet-citrusy taste of a lemon & cream pastry!

Azzrian's Tea (Kansas)

Peach HoppiTea
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a spiritual advisor by trade, and a mother of two young adults. I love animals, herb gardening, natural perfuming, and cooking. I have an affinity for trees and nature. I have a wonderful husband and my family supports my obsession with tea. I am also a tea blogger with the SororiTea Sisters and on Steepster.

When did you first become interested in loose leaf teas? I grew up with a love for tea but unfortunately did not learn of loose leaf until a little over a year ago. I was lucky to enjoy a wonderful experience at a tea shop while traveling and from there I was hooked.

What is your favorite tea producing region? Why? Though question! It would be like choose a favorite child. I just can't do it.

If you won the lottery, what one tea or piece of teaware would you splurge on? There are a few For Life products I have had my eye on, one is the Mist Ice Tea Jug and another is the Silicone Tea Cup with infuser. My infusers are getting to the point of no return and the For Life infusers are excellent. I had an opportunity to try one at a cafe once and loved it. I realize they are not too extravagant but I am at the point of my tea journey where I want more practical items.

Are there any types of teas or herbals that you despise? The only ingredient I despise is Lemongrass. I have tired to appreciate it but I just can't handle the flavor. Otherwise I dislike red rooibos, although I love green rooibos. I can handle some blends with red but as a rule stay away from them.

What is your favorite tea from Butiki Teas? Why? I absolutely love the 2003 Reserve Four Seasons Oolong, but I also have been really favoring Pineapple Cilantro Cream as of late, and of course I LOVE my own blend that Stacy made with me, Peach HoppiTea. Really though, this again is like trying to choose a favorite child! There are so many excellent teas at Butiki!

How did you come up with the idea for Peach HoppiTea? The idea was spurred from one of my favorite crafted beers - a peach lambic. I wanted to copy that flavor in a tea. A strong peachy flavor with a good amount of hop flavor, so I chose cascade hops, the base tea, organic guranse allowed the sparkly carbonated flavor to come through beautifully and supported the peachy notes and maltiness. The flavors with the base are a match made in heaven!

How did you come up with the name Peach HoppiTea? Well the peach part of the name was a given but with the blend resembling a beer and cascade hops I thought it was a fun play on words. It is a fun tea that should be enjoyed when you are in, or want to be in a happy mood, so HoppiTea seemed fitting.

Can you tell us a little bit about the custom blending process? Stacy was wonderful! She helped me every step of the way and the process truly is a one on one thing with a lot of communication and sampling to be sure that the blend was exactly what I wanted it to be. Instead of simply filling out a form online, the communication was via email, with shared ideas, and a lot of helpful suggestions from Stacy. I was mailed base samples to select from, and several different possible blends to try. Stacy made every change, or addition that I suggested, even if they didn't work out she was happy to give it a try. Stacy sent me samples of each ingredient that was going into the blend to be sure I approved and when the blend was completed she also sent me any remaining ingredients that were left over, just so that I could have them and play with my own blends if I wanted to. In the end I had enough of my custom blend to share with others and plenty to enjoy myself. I still have some of my custom blend and when it is gone I am sure to order more! It was a wonderful experience and the only thing I regret is that I have not been able to do it again yet, but I will soon!

How would you describe this tea? Azzrian's Custom Blend via Butiki Teas. This blend was inspired by a beer I used to love drinking. ?It was a lambic beer sweetened and flavored with peaches. Thus we took an organic Guranse and mixed in cascade hops, peaches, and peach flavoring. All organic, all delicious! You will taste an almost sparkly sensation while drinking that is reminiscent of the carbonation in beer, with a luscious peach flavor that is all natural. The maltiness of the base tea adds to the beer flavor and the natural peach notes in the base also helps to support the overall idea of the blend.

Who would you recommend this tea to? Anyone and everyone but especially those who are adventurous, appreciate crafted beer, love peaches, or want something totally new and different in a tea blend.

Please visit Azzrian's review of Peach HoppiTea at SororiTea Sisters.

Sarah (Canada)

Ruby Pie (Custom Blend Contest Winner)
In October 2012, we held a Custom Blend Contest. For this contest, we asked that entrants submit up to 3 ideas for a custom blend. We chose our favorite 10 ideas and created a poll for everyone to vote for their favorite idea. Ruby Pie was the clear winner and Sarah won 8oz of her own custom blend idea.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I'm a Canadian, living in Toronto but originally from out west. I miss my mountains *sigh* I've only been doing this whole tea thing for 9 months or so - long enough to have a baby tea obsession! :) My other passions besides tea involve board games, travelling and as long as there's music i'm good to dance and make a fool of myself!

When did you first become interested in loose leaf teas? I've been interested in loose tea for a while now - probably 6 years or so thanks to a dear friend in Florida, but I never really made the plunge until I found Steepster last July.

What are your tea preferences? I find that I am deeply in love with black teas, whether they are straight or flavoured! I'm gradually venturing into other things like puerhs and roasted oolongs. I don't mind greens and whites (or yellow) but i find them less intense than my blacks! I drink 95% of my teas without any additives but i do enjoy the occasional sweetened cup of cold brewed tea.

What are your tea rituals? Right now, I don't have a lot of tea rituals, unless you count getting together with tea friends as often as possible. I do have a gaiwan that I recently purchase from Stacy! That I am using to gradually use tea as a means to force myself to sit and take time away from the craziness. other than that, I suppose it's my morning weekday matcha smoothie that I take to work nearly everyday with my two travel mugs of tea - always one straight black and one flavoured :)

If you were banished to an island, what type of tea would you bring if you could chose only one? i have to answer that? Eesh...I feel like this is a trick question. How about one that could multiply and make little tea babies for me so I never run out? :) I guess it would have to be either Premium Taiwanese Assam or Laoshan Black at the moment, though I can't promise that tomorrow that won't get a different answer.

What is your favorite tea from Butiki Teas? Why? I have no favourites! I hate Favourites. Mine change depending on a multitude of factors ranging from whether or not I've been able to watch Doctor Who, to the position of the sun in the sky. It would be FAR easier for me to tell you which teas I'm not a fan oolongs, I'm looking at you! I'm a huge fan of your Premium Taiwanese Assam but I also really love Grapefruit Dragon, Cantaloupe & Cream; Maple Pecan Oolong (it's not green!); Creamy Eggnog; Mango Lassi uh..the list goes on!

How did you come up with the idea for Ruby Pie? To be honest? I'll enter any and every Butiki Tea contest out there. When this one came up I didn't have a lot of time to sit and be nearly as creative as everyone else was. I opened my fridge and there was one sitting there. So I went for it!

You also submitted two other tea ideas, Whiskey Sour and Pomegranate Grapefruit tea. Which of the three was your favorite? Probably the strawberry rhubarb, but I also think that you'd make a mean whiskey sour. Also, given the awesome Grapefruit Dragon you have....i think you could kill a pomegranate tea.

Were you surprised that the Ruby Pie won? uh....that would be like saying I was surprised at my ability to annoy people into doing what I want. :) Yes, but only because I thought there would be more votes. Less so if I think about the people I harassed to help me win *grin*.

Can you tell us a little bit about the custom blending process? Well, if people like the blend, it's 90% you doing all the heavy lifting, if they don' was all my fault haha. From a logistical perspective, Stacy does a great job working with even the most difficult of people who give her instructions like should have strawberry....and rhubarb and be like uh pie. :) I pretty much answered all of her questions in the most vague and probably irritatingly frustrating way possible. Once that was out of the way she took over and created a couple of sample batches for me to try. Those were sent to my place and it was left to my incapable hands to taste and provide feedback. Again, vague statements like " needs more pie" helped Stacy to refine her blend. It's at this point that I should mention that even though she's allergic to strawberries, she was tasting and refining the blend! Talk about dedication! Stacy perfected the batch and then sent me a giant bag of delicious goodness!

How did you come up with the name Ruby Pie?I wish I could take credit for that but once again, I had no part in it! That was all Indigobloom as I asked her, Raritea and Kittenna for some help and gave my favourite choices to Stacy to pick from :)

How would you describe this tea? It's's RHUbarb! it's PIE! does that count? haha

Who would you recommend this tea to? Anyone looking for a flavoured black strawberry, rhubarb tea, as most that I've seen have been either white or rooibos! The hibiscus in this one isn't very present, so hibby haters shouldn't be afraid! :)

Sasha (Canada)

So Long, and Thanks for All the Licorice
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I'm a total homebody. My whole life revolves around my daughter, my dogs and my husband. I enjoy simple comforts, home cooked meals, good books, good movies and good tea.

When did you first become interested in loose leaf teas? I bought my first cup November 2011 when a tea shop opened in the mall I worked in. I didn't truly fall in love until summer 2012 though. I took time between transition from one company to another and just starting researching.

What are your tea preferences? I like black tea mostly. I do have a wide variety and have a favourite in every category. But, more often than not it's a cuppa black in my mug.

What are your tea rituals? It's the second thing I do in the morning. I put the dogs outside, then I put on the kettle. I never drink green or white in the morning. In fact I almost always drink black or puerh. At night I make a whole pot of rooibos so my family can all have a cup before bed.

If you were banished to an island, what type of tea would you bring if you could chose only one? Black. A breakfast blend.

What is your favorite tea from Butiki Teas? Why? Tamarind Pop. It was one of my first butiki teas and it reminds me of the thrill of exploration. The coziness of hot tea on cool summer nights. And it's just darn tasty!

How did you come up with the idea for So Long, and Thanks for All the Licorice? My husband is constantly complaining about licorice tea. He loves licorice and nothing is up to his standards. So, I planned to do this as a gift for him, but I'm terrible with surprises. I think I told him before I had even decided. I didn't want a straight licorice though, that's boring.

We sent you a number of potential name suggestions, what made you choose So Long, and Thanks for All the Licorice? Douglas Adams. He's responsible for naming my daughter, I figured he could name my first custom blend too!

Can you tell us a little bit about the custom blending process? It was way easier than I thought it would be. I had this idea in my head that nothing I said made sense. Then all of a sudden this perfect tea materialized in my cup, within weeks, that was exactly what I had hoped for.

How would you describe this tea? Cuddly, sweet, smooth. The licorice lingers long after. Nothing about it is artificial tasting. It's like sweet fennel meets the perfect chai.

Who would you recommend this tea to? I'd recommend it to anyone who needs an excuse for a quiet moment. This tea is best savoured, so sit and enjoy!