Review: Treaty Oak Platinum Rum

Review: Treaty Oak Platinum Rum

Texas isn’t a region one typically associates with rum production, but what the hell: It’s hot, and there’s plenty of sugar to go around. (Imperial Sugar is based here, after all.)

Graham Barnes names Treaty Oak Rum after a famous tree in its hometown of Austin, and is made from all-Texas ingredients (which, in the case of rum, mostly means molasses, yeast, and water). Made by hand, the company prides itself on both brewing its own mash and distilling in-house, a first, it says, for Texas distilling.

The rum is a hot, white spirit, redolent with lime aromas but also petrol overtones, reminiscent of cachaca. On the body, more of the same. This is an intense and a little funky rum, initially almost bitter despite a powerful and big body. That intensity fades as the finish comes on, though, and finally Treaty Oak proves that is indeed rum, with a mild sweetness that offers some fun secondary character: Dark molasses, filberts, and light wood character. It opens up even more — showing more of that sweetness — as you sip and let it air out, proving that there’s quality to be found in its crystal clear confines.

80 proof.

B / $30

Treaty Oak Platinum Rum




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Edoc on August 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Is this a standard white rum with no barrel aging?

  2. Christopher Null on August 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Edoc – Yes, it’s a standard unaged white rum. Sorry if that was unclear.

  3. Edoc on August 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    No problem. I guessed as much, but wanted to check because you mentioned a light wood character and the name of the rum.

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