Bootleg Nilgiri

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Tea of the Week for January 22, 2018!

One day while browsing through some cocktail recipes, I came across a mixed drink called ‘Bootleg.’ It’s a blend of lemon, lime, mint, vodka and club soda. I decided that I liked the idea of the flavor combination of lemon, lime and mint – so I thought I should make a Bootleg tea!

Now, I’m not one to drink much alcohol – I consider myself to be a TEA-totaler (see what I did there?) but I imagine if you were to steep this tea (double strength, at least) in vodka and let it steep for at least a few hours (I’m really not sure how long you’d need to steep it in vodka, to be honest – but if you’re familiar with steeping tea in alcohol, please feel free to comment here and let us know!) and then add some club soda to the blend of vodka and tea, you’d have yourself a Bootleg Tea Cocktail.

But back to this tea – I started with a beautiful, organic Nilgiri (it’s considered a black tea but does have some green leaves to it, reminding me very much of a first flush Darjeeling. If I were to guess, I’d say that it’s somewhere between 90 and 95% oxidation) and to this Nilgiri, I added some spearmint and peppermint leaves, some lemon grass, lemon balm, lime leaves as well as some dried lemon and lime wedges. The flavor is smooth and crisp – because it’s a green-ish Nilgiri, it’s lighter in body than your typical black tea.

I can’t say how this would compare to a Bootleg cocktail – because I’ve never had a Bootleg cocktail. It’s definitely more citrus than it is mint, but not by much. The fruit flavors are bright and the mint is exhilarating – a very refreshing drink for the palate!


organic ingredients: black tea, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, lime leaves, lemons, limes & natural flavors

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Ok, wow. This was such a tasty tea! I really had no idea what to expect from it because I’m not familiar with the cocktail, but the combination of sweet and cooling spearmint with crisp, tart lemon and lime worked wonderfully and the briskness and natural sharp, pithy notes of the Nilgiri black tea base all come together into something that was just so refreshing and delicious.

It’s not like mint/lemon is a particularly “new” flavour combination or an innovation, but I really feel like this summer has been filled with this sort of “rediscovery” of how delicious this classic flavour combination can be and the spearmint and lime twist on that just blew my mind with how nice it was!

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