also wanted to make it clear what this gin was definitely
born and raised in Texas. In November 2011, that goal
became a reality.
Waterloo is a distilled gin – not a compound gin –
which means that its distinct botanical flavors are
infused into the column of the still while the wash is
boiled. The concentrated and vaporized distillate then
passes through the botanicals and absorbs the flavor.
On the other hand, distillers make compound gin simply
by steeping botanicals into a neutral grain spirit.
The difference is one you can taste. Treaty Oak uses
a heady combination of juniper, lavender, orange,
lemon and grapefruit zest; plus rosemary, anise,
coriander, licorice root, ginger root and pecans to
flavor Waterloo gin. All that infusion of flavor makes
it a gin that’s as big as Texas itself.
TREATY OAK PLATINUM RUM:
A LITTLE CARIBBEAN, RIGHT HERE IN TEXAS
Like its namesake tree, Treaty Oak Platinum Rum is
destined to be a classic. It’s clear in color, and you can’t
smell a rum-like sweet alcohol aroma – giving your first
clue that this is a highly-distilled and refined rum.
Part of the reason is the process used to make Treaty
Oak Platinum Rum – by hand from scratch using only
Texas ingredients, including molasses that comes from
the last operating sugar mill in the state, located in
Santa Rosa in South Texas. A special process gets rid
of any impurities in the molasses, allowing the rum to
ferment before the mixture goes to a copper column
still. After blending with local spring water and
filtering through activated charcoal, the result is a
premier silver rum identifiable by its rich flavor and
PURE, SMOOTH – JUST ADD LEMON
Treaty Oak’s newest spirit offering is Starlite Vodka, distilled
seven times from a blend of both corn and wheat – giving
this bar basic a complexity that founder Barnes wanted to
make it stand out from a vodka market that has become
increasingly crowded in recent years.
Barnes has said that good vodka should be viewed much
like fine wine – with the inevitable nuances that eventually
emerge between different varieties and distilleries. The
Treaty Oak distillery says that the best way to enjoy
Starlite is on the rocks, plain and simple.