Welcome to my Tea Partyyy… Partyyy. Any Meek Mill fans out there? No? Ok… The creatures on the bottle of Tea Party Vanilla Bourbon Porter by White Rabbit Brewing Company look straight deranged. Especially the rabbit… He freaks me right the F out. I mean that in the nicest way possible.
Hailing out of Angier, North Carolina, this will be the second North Carolina porter I’ve tried this week. If it’s anything like the last one, I’m about to enter porter paradise. I believe it’s time to take my seat at the table for a delightful party of teas.
This porter has a thick, black appearance with the slightest tinge of brown. The head is relatively thin and sudsy and dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is complex with hints of vanilla, oak, molasses, cream, and dark fruit. This porter already has a bourbonish feel to it.
The flavor is similarly complex with a strong vanilla, cream, oaky bourbon, and chocolate presence right out of the gate. The next phase of flavors is comprised of toasted nuttiness and molasses/brown sugar. The really interesting component is a light hoppy citrus note that plays in the background and crisply finishes off the profile. The mouthfeel is much lighter than I would expect from this multifaceted, 9.3% ABV porter. I’m going to have to start drinking tea more often…
North Carolina is batting 1,000 on the porter front. The Tea Party Porter has renewed my faith in porters and tea parties. The flavor intensity in this thing is outrageous, and it goes down smoother than Carolina sweet tea. However, if you don’t treat this like a sipper, you’ll likely end up looking like the crazed rabbit from the label. Not that that’s a bad thing…
- Appearance: Black
- Aroma: Vanilla, oak, molasses, cream, dark fruit
- Flavor: Vanilla, cream, light oak, chocolate, toasted nuttiness, light citrus
- Mouthfeel: Medium minus
- ABV: 9.3%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $7 – $9
- Score: 89