Treaty Oak Rum
Country: Texas, United States
Aged: 2-6 years
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Price: $20-$23 (750 mL)
Treaty Oak rum is the first product launched by Graham Barnes
Distilling. Named after the legendary "Treaty
Oak" in Austin Texas, it is made with sugar from what the
distiller claims to be the last operating sugar mill in Texas.
You'll notice at first sip that this rum is as smooth as it
gets. The distiller achieves this through the use of
reflux column stills rather than traditional pot stills to
achieve a higher purity and then blend the results with water
from the nearby Texas Hill
Country before finally filtering it through activated carbon. This rum is truly an
The resulting nose and flavor notes are crisp, citrusy, with
subtle sweet spices. The overall flavor is very subtle, hints of
lemon, lime, vanilla and nutmeg may be found on the finish. It
is perfect in traditional rum cocktails; it makes a fantastic
Mojito, an unbelievable Daiquiri, and can be enjoyed over the
rocks as well.
However, the odd thing about Treaty Oak is that even though it
is ridiculously good rum, it is also a remarkable substitute in
drinks typically made with vodka. The hints of vanilla and fruit
come out more and make it a very pleasurable experience. This
makes a better Moscow Mule than Iíve ever had with vodka, and my
wife loves it in a Cosmo.
I personally mixed some mind blowing Treaty
Oak and tonics on our deck last summer, but another crowd favorite
has been Treaty Oak with a heavy dash
of agave syrup and a half-lime or quarter orange; top with soda
water, and you have a most refreshing cocktail.
The distribution is somewhat limted, so if you see a bottle -
Kudos to Treaty
Oak for another USA premium spirit!