Rum Review: Santa Teresa 1796
Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antiguo de Solera
Up for review today is the Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antiguo de Solera from Venezuela. Like so many rums, there is no definitive age statement on the bottle, but it does note that it contains rums over 15 years old. Aged in the solera style, the rum goes through a variety of used french oak casks before being combined by the master blender.
The 1796 refers to the year the Hacienda Santa Teresa was founded; this rum was originally released in 1996 to celebrate the bicentennial.
The bottle is lovely. Tall and upright, the label is classic. The natural cork stopper is topped by a red plastic cap, then hand dipped in red wax. Well done. The label on the back of the bottle contains quite a bit of information, but the minuscule script font makes it quite a chore to read.
Let’s pour a few ounces in the tasting snifter and see what we have here. In the glass, the color is more copper than mahogany, and a swirl yields a good number of legs that move downward at a medium pace. With my nose above the glass, I can detect caramel, vanilla, toffee, cherries and raisins. The astringency is moderate, and sweetness is muted.
On first taste, the front palate gets a good dose of the vanilla and caramel, which immediately gives way to orange peel and dried fruit. Shortly thereafter, the baking spices kick in with a lively finish that gradually fades back to the toffee. The mouth feel is spicy and somewhat thin. The more I sip, the more pleasant it gets, but I can’t help but feel the rum is lacking at mid-palate. There is a depth of flavor that I keep searching for, and it’s not forthcoming.
I honestly wasn’t impressed by this rum the first time I tried it at a local rum bar. It’s more spicy and dry than I was expecting from a Venezuelan rum, and I just wasn’t feeling it. Now that I’ve had a few more ounces, I have definitely warmed up to it, but I wouldn’t put it up there with my favorite rums. That said, it’s undoubtedly a quality rum, and based on some other reviews I’ve read, I appear to be in the minority on this one. Summing up, it’s a really nice rum, just not as good as I was expecting.
On to the scores :
- Appearance 1/1
- Aroma 2/2
- Mouth feel .5/1
- Taste 3.0/4
- Aftertaste 2/2
- Total 8.5/10