The Bottom Line
- If you like black tea this is a vodka for you.
- There is some potential for excellent cocktails.
- Proceeds from sales go to a great environmental cause in the city of Boston.
- Tea time has another Martini (Boston Tea Party Martini below)!
- If you do not like (black) tea, this is not for you.
- The elderflower gets lost against the tea.
- The strong tea does limit cocktails.
- Available for a limited time.
- Absolut Vodka infused with black tea and elderflower.
- Third release in Absolut's city vodkas, inspired by American cities.
- Sale proceeds are donated to the Charles River Conservatory.
- Produced by Absolut Spirits Co.
- Released in August, 2009
- 40% alc/volume (80 proof)
- Retails for $24.99/1 liter bottle
Guide Review - Absolut Boston Vodka
The taste of the vodka itself is one that takes some getting used to. If you love to sit down with a piping hot cup of black tea you will love Absolut Boston and how it captures those interesting flavors when poured over a touch of ice. However, the aroma of this vodka is very pungent - I am getting strong waves as it sits across my desk - and for those who are put off by such a powerful smell and the dark taste of the tea, this could be too much and stop your from trying it out. The reviews at a tasting I had were mixed and it was clearly divided between the tea lovers and haters. I prefer lighter teas and this black tea is just a little too much for my taste.
That said, there is always (hopefully) potential when it comes to cocktails and there are a few that are here to save the day. Absolut Boston's signatures, the Boston Tea Party Martini and Homerun, do a great job of balancing the tea, although I do have some question about a Mojito using Boston as they suggested. The key to mixing with this is to balance out the tea with sweets and sours and I have been playing with a combination of Boston with Fruit Lab's new Theia hibiscus liqueur, which brings out the elderflower just a little more.
The best Absolut vodka yet? No, but it's interesting for acquired tastes.