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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.
Solid aged rum. Good flavor. I can't find anything super distinctive about it good or bad.
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 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.
Not too many stores carry this brand so when I came across a bottle I grabbed it. This has a fairly high rating so I thought it would be worth the risk. It is just OK. Thats all I can say. At this price point there are many other choices that I like better.
Solera aging with ex bourbon and French cask. No big age indication on it which is a good point.
Chocolate mousse drizzly with warm honey and lightly zest of orange on the nose. Good touch of cedar wood towards the end.
As on the palate, it's slightly dryer and lesser on body compare to nose. Lightly sweeten dark chocolate with macadamia nuts. It gets drier towards the end, tannic and touch of cedar wood.
Finish with cup of warm honey with slice of lemon. Dry cedar wood was prominent after a couple of seconds but it ended too soon.
Good to have it on its own or on an Old Fashioned with dash of Angostura bitters and 2 dashes of chocolate bitters.
pale in the glass, almost whiskey like. Smell is dim, minor, it is hard to grasp on it. smells sweet, like a sweet flower, but not in a good way, but merely fainted and old. The taste is full of alcohol, burns all the way, I wish it would be more round, but it is not. It's harsh, and whatever is left after tasting is a scent of alcohol, no flavour, but a sweet taste. I will give it another star, upgrading it to 5 stars, for the strong character based on alcohol.
I was really looking forward to trying this rum, because of all the great reviews. But comparing it to a dictator 12 or even a Costa Rican centenario 12, this rum is extremely boring and on the last place in a blind tasting. Some wood flavor, but nothing else is discernable. Bottle is nice and red color an eye catcher, but that's about it.
You are better off with a Bacardi solera for a 3rd of the price. A diplomático is certainly also a much better choice if you want Venezuelan rum for the same price. (Paid 45$ in Colombia).
If you don't like sweet rums, the parce 8y (Colombia) is also much better than the Santa Teresa.
Quite sherrywined, not much else going on. Some added sweetness. Simple and if you like this Hispanic style, ok to sip down.
"On the nose there’s a lovely dark profile. Fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, plums. There are some tropical fruits like pineapple and passion fruit, followed by a slight grassy note. Nutmeg, old leather, tobacco and white pepper. On the palate it goes down so easy. Milk chocolate, vanilla, honey, mango, toffee and cashews. Canned pineapple, blackcurrant, coconut cream and coca cola. The tobacco note is back along with some cinnamon. Not crazy sweet, fairly well balanced and easy going. Cocoa butter and orange marmalade. Towards the end is where you get a bit more oak spices and some alcohol heat. The finish is short with cocoa nibs, some oak tannins and maple syrup."
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