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Santa Teresa 1796 rum is produced in Venezuela and aged using the solera system that blends rums aged between 4 and 35 years. Before bottling, the rum is aged for a further year in large French oak casks to marry the blends.
This rum was first created in 1996 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the distillery, the Santa Teresa Hacienda.
Santa Teresa is amazing. In many ways it would top my list. An issue that I often find in rums is that they are underproofed. This is not the case of Santa Teresa, a not too-sweet taste that goes perfectly with mineral water. You do not get as much of the fruity and nutty flavor of sweeter rums, but in exchange you get a smooth fine single honey flavor that'll make you happy in the rum sense and you'll appreciate it.
I am very undecided by this one. The first bottle I had bowled me over. I thought it was all the rum that I was ever looking for. But since then, it is more of a case of it being OK but nothing special. Where I loved the balance of spice and oak, the subsequent bottles left me feeling that it was all a little disjointed and forced.
Edit - I am wondering whether they blend has changed over the years. The first time I had it was some years ago but I can't believe that time alone would have changed my opinion so drastically.
Lovely rum, with Good spice and a heavy bottom. Not too sweet. Add a sprink og Water, and The flavours comes to Life.
Lækker afvekslende rom, ikke så fed og sød, men tilgengæld dejlig krydret.
Et overvejende genkøb.
Dans la lignée du Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, ce rhum est doux et ample. Il ravira les débutants comme les connaisseurs de rhums de type espagnol.
This sweet venezuelian rum is just fantastic. The smooth taste of it is similar to the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. A great rum!
A top class rum (but not top of it's class) and way too expensive. It is a well balance enjoyable rum. Would of been 8 stars but took a point off for being greedy ;), Can't say more than that.
Apenas se percibía ningún sabor por encima del alcohol. Algun regusto a café, pero no pareció un ron para tomar solo. Quizás con hielo y una rodaja de naranja estará mejor
Not in top 10 but worth of having. Seems to be hard to find, but if I ever see another I will buy
Fresh scent of citrus and wood. In the flavor, oak, plum, chocolate and leather
Was iffy about purchasing this, but considering the reviews here I dove in. Glad I did. $75 Cdn at the local premium outlet, it's definitely worthy of its place on the regular shelf. Wonderful over a couple cubes, it has little in the way of afterburn, with mild flavours of oak, caramel, burnt sugar and a very pleasing aroma. Comes in a heavy duty, blue cardboard tube and the bottle is a newer design of quality crystal. Would almost make a fine decanter.
Quite a bit forward with ethanol and spice. Tried adding water and ice but the taste changed for the worse. Best beat but the spice is so forward it’s hard to find the other notes.
Too much initial burn when taken straight, as other readers have said. However, an excellent, lasting aftertaste with a lot of flavor -- spice and just the right amount of sweet.
Tout d'abord, la bouteille est très élégante!
Une belle couleur cuivrée et un nez gourmand avec des notes de toffee (bonbon au caramel).
En bouche, on retrouve ce goût de caramel, mais les saveurs sont somme toutes assez discrètes
et s'effacent assez vite pour laisser place à une désagréable sensation de brûlure liée à l'alcool!
Dommage car au final, ce rhum manque pour moi de longueur et ne tient pas toutes ses promesses...
Il n'est pas mauvais, mais j'avoue être un peu déçu: j'attendais plus de ce rhum!
Rhum non molto lungo ma con un bouquet intenso e deciso. Assolutamente consigliato
When compared neat or on the rocks I believe there are better rums out there that deserve the higher ratings... But used in a simple cocktail like an old fashioned or Manhatten, this shines. Really great blending abilities that add a richness to any spirit forward drink it's in.
Tres bon ron, une fois ouvert on sent beaucoup toffee, bonne attaque et gourmand
Dal jsem jen 9b z 10ti protože jeho krásy je třeba trošku hledat, převyšuje jemnost nad výrazností. Tento rum není na nějaké zbrklé pití, je třeba se mu věnovat. Výborný poměr sladkosti a sudovosti. Sladká chuť je v aroma a na začátku i v chuti, sladkost rychle odchází a nastupuje sudovost, jak ji znám z guatemaly, nikoli však výrazně, zase zastřeně a jemně. Santa Teresa 1796 je tak plná a komplexní, ale je třeba to vnímat. Nedostanete žáden kopanec kokosu jak u Plantation XO, nebude tam ošklivý nástřel vanilky jako u Don Papa a nebude tam tolik Guatemaly jako v Botranu Solera. U této láhve si řekli, dáme tam vše, ale jemně, nebudeme z tohoto dělat 1 PASS dyť je to SOLERA. Doporučím tento rum těm, kteří už nehledají výstřelky, ale prostě chtějí výborný rum na pomalé pití.
I find that I lean towards the solera rums. This bottle did not disappoint me at all. Very smooth after the initial burn. I let it stand on ice for about 10 minutes and then dive in.
Velké zklamání, plochá nevýrazná chuť. Určitě za tu cenu dokážate koupit výrazně lepší rumy. Které ve Vás zanechají lepší dojem.
Surovější, rumovější. Bez výrazných tónů a chuti.
Bohužel za mne.
I’ll start off by saying that this is a great rum. Not overly spectacular but worth picking up especially if you find it a discounted price. The fancy, eye catching packaging makes for a striking display but only adds to the price. I’ve been sitting here typing this, with it sitting beside me, and I smell yellow butterscotch hard candies and hint of cream sherry. Up close, those fragrances are pronounced with the addition touches of baking molasses cookies and a slight tropical floral note. In the mouth it starts off with sweet vanilla, brown sugar and baking spice with the development of wood, sherry and floral notes. Not very pronounced flavors and kind of a quick finish with a little sweetness, sherry and floral notes lingering on the lips and tongue. The spirit isn’t overly thick or thin and leaves nice long legs in the glass. Relatively smooth up front but the alcohol is a little hot at the finish. SUM:: A good clean sipper that isn’t overly sweet. However it’s a little underwhelming, and not very complex. Does have nice, mild sherry notes which I love. Drop the fancy packaging and knock $2-4 off the price and it’s a solid value. Cheers!
This is absolutely one of the best runs I've had. Great flavors, extremely smooth, not even the slightest bit of burn. I HIGHLY recommend this one to any that want a full flavored rum.
Tried it neat at the Laka Lono Rum Club (Omaha, NE) as part of their explorers club. It was very nice, a variety of flavors. Ended harsher than I’d care for but fruit and floral and maybe carmel up front. Not sweet, not medicine-y. Pretty amber-carmel color.
This is a well balanced rum. The aroma is a little bit fruity. In mouth it’s well balanced, smooth not as sweet as most Spanish styled “Ron”, but what’s very special with it is the smokey taste which is quite uncommon. The aftertaste is quite long and there you can taste some vanilla. One of the better Spanish styled “ron” in my opinion.
Picture: My Venezuela shelf.
Santa Teresa 1796 rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide