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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 an interesting rum. It’s a bit dry but has just enough sweetness so there’s no mistaking it for a whiskey. It leads with honey and butterscotch. There is just enough oak but it doesn’t overpower. It’s got fruit notes (apricots???). It’s also super smooth. This goes to the top shelf. I’m able to find it for under $40 as well. I’d prefer Santa Teresa 1796 to many rums costing over $75.
A nice sipping rum, with Oaky and smokey taste. You can taste the Carmel a the rum goes down. A slight burning sensation ait goes down. I have added a small bit of water, which helps brings out the flavours of caramel and the spices. Well priced as well.
Doux et riche j'adore ce rhum. Pas trop sucré il a un bel equilibr.
Sugar: 6 to 10 gpl. This is an interesting yet tasty rum. It has a moderate degree of sweetness with a pronounced taste of Oak, Honey, Nutmeg, and a faint bit of sherry from the casks it was stored in. The reddish colour also reflects the aging in Sherry casks. A bit of a heat and spice from the oak in your mouth but it goes down quite smooth and has a nice long after burn. It is very similar to the Brugal 1888. At $70 per bottle in Canada, it is a bit short on value for the taste you get. It's still worth having in the collection.
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.
Another edit: In July 2019, I was passing through Duty Free and picked up a litre bottle, mainly as I had not had it for a while. In all honesty I wish I hadn't. As I mentioned earlier, I cannot believe that this is the same blend as the first bottle I had. I know that the Solera uses rums aged between 4 and 35 years, and wonder whether they might be using more younger rums as it certainly seems (although memory might be playing tricks) a lot more commercial than it used to be.
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.
In my other reviews, I say I like sweetened rums more than the "natural". But I have to say this one maybe changed my mind...
Santa Teresa 1796 is a wonderful and quality rum. I didn't know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised by the natural sweetness and by the complexity of the rum. When drinking, I thought about Zacapa 23. Both of these rums are made using the solera system and I guess that's the reason behind the interesting complexity and layers of taste. Santa Teresa gets the upper hand here though, because it's not trying to impress so hard. I thought Zacapa 23 was really good, but when comparing to this.. the sweetness of Zacapa stands out a bit and is more.. obtrusive you could say. Don't get me wrong. Both of these rums are superb in my eyes, but they are different and it depends on what you're looking for.
All in all, this rum really surprised and exceeded my expectations. It's such an honest rum which just doesn't try too hard to impress someone, still masterfully crafted. Nice rum for evening sipping.
Sweet caramel nose, dried fruit and baking spice notes. Velvety mouth feel with a smooth finish. Great Venezuelan rum!
Rum morbido senza infame e senza lode. Per il prezzo pagato ha un rapporto prezzo qualità medio
Me encanta este ron, de los mejores rones que he probado. Color y aroma excelentes! Me parece que es un ron infra valorado, muy buen precio para la calidad del mismo.
If anyone is new to exploring rums, i would say this is a very safe option as one to begin with because it is not overly sweet and not overly dry. I find it to be bang in the middle and pretty enjoyable to drink too. Only reason it is not higher is because it doesn't stand out massively to me but perhaps the more i drink, the more i will like it.
Hints of chocolate on the nose followed by a chocolate taste. A nice rum for every day drinking
This is a good solera rum. Notes of dried fruit and toasted nuts. Nose is not that good but the taste lasts long.
Sólo las buenas manos venezolanas son capaces de hacer un ron que baja como crema...
I will say the aroma of this is second to none. It has a brilliance of its own, and should be treated as such. It does open up, and has a bit of an overwhelming essence upon opening, but relaxes a great deal with a cube of ice. (blasphemy I'm aware), but I feel this Is warranted for such a full bodied heavy ester rum. Very little, if any reflux takes place in this distillation, as it is heavy on oils and is wet on the tongue.
You cannot go wrong with this bottle.
Velmi příjemný rum, jemný, voňavý, chutný, spokojenost
My first real taste of quality rum! It's a perfect balance of flavors and goes great with some lime. I'd give it a 10 but I don't have enough experience yet.
A very good gold rum... Creamy, easily consumable.
I have been wanting to try this rum based on the good reviews. It was drinkable. But I would not buy this one again.
This rum is a very good rum. It is not too sweet contrarily to many south american rum and has a very good taste though it has not a very long persistence in mouth. This is definitely a very good bargain for the price !!
Santa Teresa 1796 rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide