I’ve never met a tea-flavored vodka I didn’t like, because I don’t think it’s possible to make a bad tea-flavored vodka.
At popular request I sought out a bottle of Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, which is distinguished by its all natural ingredients, 10-times distillation, and sweetening that uses clover honey instead of high fructose corn syrup.
Does all of that matter? Deep Eddy, straight outta Austin, Texas, is indeed a fine product, but I’m not sure it’s ultimately better than Firefly, Jeremiah Weed, or Plantation River in the taste department.
The big departure here is that — while the nose features, like all of its compatriots, lovely and authentic sweet tea character that exudes real, brewed tea — there’s a distinct cocoa character on the palate that complements the sweetness in the spirit. Is it the honey that’s responsible for it? You really can tell the difference vs. corn syrup — or even sugar — as the honey leaves a slightly earthy, veggie aftertaste in the mouth. The finish, perhaps a touch more bite to it than the competition. Otherwise, you’d have trouble telling this apart from many other sweet tea vodkas, not that that’s a bad thing.
Good stuff. More complex than the rest of the crowd… and very good, though not clearly “better” than the rest of this increasingly crowded category.
A- / $19 / deepeddyvodka.com