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Bootlegger Black 2018 - Dark & Malty Assam Black

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2018 Bootlegger Black - Dark & Malty Assam Black
Khongea Estate — Sivasagar, Assam, India

A black tea for the hardy, rough-cut folk, bound to keep you up for long jobs. One of our best-selling black teas, you can't disagree with a good assam black, and we have the best one for a most reasonable price. Sourced from the Khongea Estate, this black has rich malty notes and a smooth dark body with a medium-light overall astringency level. Very pleasant, needs no milk or sugar, but certainly won't say no to either!

Brewing Suggestions

  • Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
  • Use boiling (100°C/212°F) water
  • Steep for 2:30, strain leaves, and enjoy!
    • Don't forget to try for multiple infusions! Just add time to each steep.
      • For under 2:00 steep times, add 30 sec.
      • For 2:00 to 4:00, add 1 minute.
      • For over 4:00, add 2 minutes or more.
    • Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra two minutes!
    • Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
    • Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
    • Wanna do a tea latte?
      • Use 11g (≈1½ tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz).
      • Steep 2 minutes in ¼ liter (≈8 oz) boiling (100°C/212°C) water
      • Add ¼ liter (≈8 oz) hot milk, steep another 3 minutes.
      • Strain leaves, add sugar if you like (1 tsp usually does it), and enjoy!


  • ETP-Certified Indian Assam black tea


We are a small independent operation, and as such we operate inside of our retail space, the Phoenix Pearl Tea Tavern in Red Lodge, MT. We bag teas for orders while also serving in-store customers, including making cups of tea, making food, and selling bulk and retail purchases. Our employees work as quickly as they can, but we don't have a warehouse to operate out of with dedicated employees. As such, orders may take anywhere from 1-5 business days to ship. Thank you for understanding.

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  • 4
    Really solid assam

    Posted by Molly on 28th Feb 2021

    True to the description, nice and dark, not too astringent but enough there to be satisfying. This is the kind of tea I like to have with breakfasts or sandwiches. I prefer it black, but it’s flavorful enough to stand up to a drop of milk nicely. A very solid pick me up at a very good price.