GSN Review: Hard Truth White Oak Reserve Rum

Founded in 2015, Hard Truth Distilling Co. has grown from a small operation in the upper rooms of a pizza restaurant to an 18,000-square foot state-of-the-art distillery featuring Vendome Copper & Brass Works equipment. The distillery produces and releases a variety of spirits, including Hard Truth Cinnamon Vodka, Hard Truth Toasted Coconut Rum, and Hard Truth Gin. Now Indiana’s largest distillery tourist destination, Hard Truth sits on the 325-acre wooded campus of Hard Truth Hills in Brown County, an artists’ colony and travel spot known for its natural beauty.

In late 2020, they are slated to release the first of three whiskies, Hard Truth Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey. Hard Truth Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Hard Truth Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey will follow over the coming years.

They were kind enough to send GSN a bottle of their White Oak Reserve Rum after reading my review of their Toasted Coconut Rum Cream.

Hard Truth White Oak Reserve Rum (83 proof)
Appearance: Medium gold.
Aroma: Some hogo funk, heady oak and sweet molasses.
Taste: Sweet, with a vanilla forward profile. The barrel aging keeps things on the drier and crisper side. A medium mouthfeel.
Finish: Medium long with a rock candy finish.
Overall: An excellent rum for mixing in cocktails, tiki drinks or punches. There’s enough character that it won’t be easily overwhelmed by syrups or citrus.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Hard Truth Distilling