Review: James River Plantation Sweet Tea Vodka

Tea-flavored vodkas appear to be a category that’s difficult to get wrong. Small Wisconsin distillery James River Plantation (the real James River Plantation is in Virginia, by the by) may not be a household name, but its rendition of tea-infused vodka is about as good as anything else I’ve tried.

The flavor is typical of this category: Intense, sweetened, brewed iced tea flavor, with nary a hint of vodka’s bite. There may be a touch more fruitiness (peach, maybe?) in this spirit than in its competition, and the body feels a bit thick. Those are pretty minor quibbles/comments, however. Most drinkers will find this every bit as good as Firefly and Jeremiah Weed.

70 proof. Naturally flavored.

A- / $20 / ahardyusa.com


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4 Responses

  1. Anon December 15, 2010 / 11:04 am

    Any suggestions for what to do with all these tea vodkas? I doubt I’d sip these things, but the cocktail potential seems strong…

  2. Christopher Null December 15, 2010 / 11:15 am

    Add half water, or add lemonade to taste — 1 to 3 parts lemonade to 1 part vodka.

  3. Mike December 15, 2010 / 6:50 pm

    Never had any of these sweet tea infusions, but i make my own infusions at home and do a 1:1 mix with club soda, or make a sour (lemon juice and simple syrup + infusion) with it.

  4. aadilou December 17, 2010 / 9:38 pm

    tea vodka + lemonade + ice = strong iced-tea?

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