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Review: Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka

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Firefly, you’re on notice: There’s another sweet tea vodka in town, and it’s just as good as you are.

Jeremiah Weed may not as be as froufrou-friendly — its label design is all western-like and it, well, has “weed” in the name — but damn if it isn’t just as good.

Honestly, I have long since run out of Firefly (this stuff goes fast), but if memory serves — and I will accept, it probably doesn’t serve very well at this point, with half a bottle of JW drained tonight — Jeremiah Weed is just as good and nearly identical in flavor. Big fresh-brewed iced tea flavor, a strong slug of sugar (maybe a touch more than Firefly?), and no kick at all. Both are 70 proof, too.

As with Firefly, Jeremiah Weed goes down ridiculously easy when mixed 1:1 with water. And that’s the trouble. It’s just like drinking good iced tea, and you keep wanting more and more. I also tried it half and half with lemonade, as several readers have suggested, but frankly I preferred the version with water. Just straight-up sweet tea flavor, good to the last drop. To be honest, I don’t even like iced tea that much, but God I love this stuff.

Which one of these vodkas is best? I can’t say, but I will note the prices are about the same. My advice: Buy the one that’s on sale, preferably by the case.

A / $16 / jeremiahweed.com

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36 Comments

  1. J. Lindsey July 24, 2009

    Yeah, that’s the stuff. I dunno about it being sweeter, though. Side by side, JW seemed to have more fresh-brewed tea going on and less sweet-n-low than Firefly. That’s just me though.

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  2. Matt July 24, 2009

    I completely disagree with the original poster. I have tried both Firefly and Jeremiah Weed and I I think Firefly is the clear winner in terms of taste. My local liquor store carries both brands, I spoke with them yesterday and they said they cannot wait to get rid of Jeremiah Weed as anyone who purchases the product never buys it again.

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  3. Elijah July 24, 2009

    I’ve had them both(along with the Burnett’s) and have to say Weed is FAR superior to Firefly. In the liquor stores here the Weed Tea outsells the Firefly 2:1. The Burnett’s actually outsells Firefly as well, but some of that is price driven.

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  4. Forrest July 26, 2009

    All I know is don’t drink too much of this stuff, or you are gonna get bad gut rot.

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  5. Joe July 31, 2009

    That’s the problem with this product. It is the exact same proof and the exact same shelf price as Firefly, so why buy it? Go with Firefly, they were the first ones to market with a Sweet Tea vodka.

    If you are looking to save money, then buy Sweet Carolina Sweet Tea Vodka for $6/bottle less instead.

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  6. Al September 1, 2009

    Why not call the sweet tea vodka and lemonade The John Daly.

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  7. ZJ September 13, 2009

    I work in a small LC store and shelf space is at a premium so our only sweet tea vodkas are Burnetts or Firefly.I saw the trend coming and asked my boss to order it and both these brands have been a hit.Local bars are asking for it on a regular basis and both brands sell equally(the Burnetts is half the price of Firefly)well.Not tried Burnetts version but Firefly is awesome-I mixed it with Cold Peak sweet tea and the tea flavor was too strong that way-better try with lemonade or limeade next time.

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  8. Jeromy September 26, 2009

    Tonight I had to make 3 stops, so I took a look around before getting some Weed at the liquor store. At both the big grocery and the smaller specialty place I hit for grilling goods, Weed had outsold Firefly. At the liquor store, there were only two fifths of Weed left (if they stocked correctly, JW sold 4 that day and FF 1).

    Brought it home and had a 1:1. Pretty wonderful. Down wayy to easy. Would like the kiddies to go to bed so I can slip into a few more. Yum.

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  9. Lauren September 30, 2009

    Buy Jeremiah Weed – hands down the best tea infused vodka!

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  10. Katy Vaninger October 20, 2009

    Seriously my new favorite drink: Jeremiah Weed + Lemonade! It’s a great twist on vodka and I’m converting my friends left and right!

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  11. John October 22, 2009

    Why bother? Just mix Arnold Palmer iced tea (1/2 tea, 1/2 lemonade) with plain vodka. Tastes great.

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  12. Aaron October 26, 2009

    In Austin there is a pairing in town that attempts to compete with J. Weed Sweet Tea Vodka. The difference for me is plain simplicity (some may call is laziness…I suppose). Rather than take a bottle of vodka and a bottle of tea – hell…I just take two bottles of Jeremiah Weed and make twice the number of friends for the same price AND…people don’t siphon off my mixer for other drinks. Mwah hah ha.

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  13. Julianna October 26, 2009

    I love this new addition to my liquor selection. You can drink something strong and very tasty! It can be drank as a day drink or by the pool and then switch up to something that is enjoyable with dinner! I always love going to Zipps sports grill and having this during Sunday Football as a John Daley (Jeremiah and Lemonade) a fun play on an Arnold Palmer because John Daley used to drink on the golf course. This is great to bring to parties for the simplicity factor! Great new brand!

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  14. Shana October 27, 2009

    Working in the industry for many years now, this is one of the best new products I have come across. I have an unmentionable amount of bottles in my home bar and I love entertaining with it. The cocktails are all so easy to make and always come out tastings amazing. I found a great place in manhattan by my apartment that carries the entire line and the price is very affordable. Great new staple for me!

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  15. LAZERLibby October 31, 2009

    Sooo much better than Firefly!!

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  16. Lorraine November 12, 2009

    I just tried Seagrams Sweet tea and it is sooooo much better than Weed. Weed has too much of a syrupy after taste compared to Seagrams, also it is a better price; $2 dollars cheaper at the grocery store. Also, it is yummy mixed with Bone Daddy’s sweet n sour mix (2:1) with a bunch of ice.

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  17. Shana November 14, 2009

    Lorraine, i hear ya. JWeed definitely does have a very distinct sweet tea flavor but thats their intention; to mimic the flavor or true southern sweet tea :) i think the fact that they product it with all natural sugar cane makes it a little on the sweeter side as well. The solution is to add a little bit of water and fresh squeezed lemon juice which cuts it and makes an amazingly smooth and easy to drink cocktail!

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  18. Dave November 22, 2009

    I had this stuff for the first time at a tailgating party over the summer and it was INSTANT love!!! I prefer it mixed with lemonade,but also like it with water. I think that these sweet tea infused vodkas are the best new thing out there in years! The only problem is that they go down just too easy!

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  19. Tyler January 2, 2010

    I agree with John, buy unflavored vodka and mix. Saves a ton of money or gives you higher quality vodka for your money, and is so easy to accomplish especially in this situation.

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  20. Joey Thorough January 27, 2010

    I’ve Come up with a few refreshing recipe’s that alot of my customers seem to enjoy. It’s called a t-bag. Check it out in my blog. http://teaflavordvodkadrinkrecipe.blogspot.com/

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  21. Marion February 11, 2010

    This drink was refreshing when you mixed this with lemonade and ice you just don’t know what you are drinking. From 1 to 10 I give this a 10.

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  22. K Smith May 14, 2010

    Wow!! I had heard great things about this ice tea vodka, and finally got the chance to try on a visit to Dallas. I LOVE Jeremiah Weed. I am buying some of this as soon as I can find it! I also tried both the lemonade mix and water and by far prefer the water. Why add the calories! woowee! I love me some sweet tea!

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  23. RN May 30, 2010

    I don’t like tea & I don’t like Vodka – but my folk’s brought over Jeremiah Weed & mixed w/lemonade 1 night – OMG, it was sooooo delicious. I had to check the label since I couldn’t believe it was Vodka. Definitely a fun summer-time drink.

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  24. CW June 29, 2010

    I was an instant Firefly addict from taste one. At a recent Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival, I tried JW brand. (yep, vodka at BBB festival – i hovered in that line) To me, it wasn’t AS sweet. And I looooooved it.

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  25. Jessica June 30, 2010

    If you like this stuff, you’ll absolutely LOVE Deep Eddy sweet tea infused vodka. It tastes amazing and its made with all natural ingredients. I’ve heard that gives you less of a hang over too…

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  26. JM August 9, 2010

    The Michael Phelps: Weed and Water…..

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  27. Monica August 23, 2010

    Jeremiah Weed kicks Firefly’s ass IMO. I got drunk on Jeremiah Weed on vacation this past month with some friends one of which is a bartender who introduced me to it. A family member could not find JW in my area and bought me Firefly instead. The liquor store said it was way better. They could not have been more wrong. I think Firefly has a weak sweet tea flavor and it’s not as sweet. I was not impressed at all! I will definitely be hunting down some JW. It’s well worth the time and trouble.

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  28. Mark Printz October 2, 2010

    The Jeremiah Weed and water with lemon YUM. However I have found the segrams to be almost as good and here a 750 of JW or firefly is $19 Carolina sweet tea $13 but a 1.75 of the Segrams is only$19….

    @JM too funn THe Michael Phelps

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  29. Melissa February 9, 2011

    Just to clarify a few big points that no one on this thread seems to understand:

    1st: None of these brands are ‘infused’ with real tea. Rather they are all sweetened with High-Fructose Corn Syrup and use Caramel Color additive to make it look like it’s tea. NOTE: The bottles that are distributed in the area immediately surrounding the Firefly distillery do contain real tea leaves and but that is not the case for the largest majority of their consumers. This is how Firefly can say it is an all-natural product when that is not necessarily the entire story.

    2nd: Jeremiah Weed is not a ‘brand’… it’s a big liquor company’s reaction to a growing category. When Firefly hit the market and began a wave of growth, Diageo had to get in the game so they took a low-grade base vodka, poured in some sugar syrup, slapped an awful label on the front, then dropped it into their existing distribution line. That’s pretty much the same story with Seagram’s. Most bars that carry it are ‘mandated’ to do so since Diageo owns so many other more popular brands that bars have allegiance to. Crown Royal being the leader of those brands. To say that JW has a ‘story’ behind it is simply ridiculous.

    Now, I do have some good news… (at least for some of you). There is a relatively new brand that was born in Austin, Tx and created by the founder of a popular bottled tea brand called Sweet Leaf Tea. Clayton Christopher and Chad Auler (Savvy Vodka) have created a real category leader with Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka. First, they start with a 10x column distilled vodka (which beats most Vodkas on the market), they use premium whole leaf indonesian black tea, and pure cane sugar. and lastly it’s sweetened with clover honey from a beekeeper in Central Texas. http://www.facebook.com/deepeddyvodka

    Deep Eddy is currently only available to consumers in Texas and Louisiana however, I have heard they are growing fast.

    That said, until you have tried Deep Eddy you can keep talkin’ up these others, but make no mistake…Deep Eddy is the best hands down.

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  30. haha April 25, 2011

    wonder who melissa works for?

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  31. Anonymous May 20, 2011

    ok so can anyone post some good recipe drinks or is it just a simple 1 part jw and 1 part lemonade or water?

    also i also wonder who melissa works for

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  32. Cby September 6, 2011

    It bothers me how often small companies innovate and larger companies rip off. Firefly sweet tea vodka was an original idea quickly ripped off by a variety of other companies. Sure it’s a no brainer recipe, but it seems unfair for a company in Connecticut(Jeremiah weed) to see southern style sweet tea vodka to compete with a small business in South Carolina.

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  33. Sweet Tea Vodka September 16, 2011

    The two products definitely taste different. I personally go for Firefly over JW but I’ve used both for my recipe ‘experiments’. Mellisa’s post does look a bit… corporate lol.

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  34. unpaid April 18, 2016

    Melissa may have been paid for her opinion but it dead on. Deep Eddie is certainly a higher quality vodka.

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  35. JC May 1, 2016

    Overpriced for the quality of the product. Gelatin flavor that’s meant for jello.

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