Santa Teresa 1796

Santa Teresa 1796 rum review by the fat rum pirateI’m sure anyone with a decent appreciation of rum will be able to guess why this Santa Teresa 1796 is named so.  Yes, got it in one this was the year the distillery first went into production.

This rum introduced in 1996 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the distillery. It is bottled by C.A Ron Santa Teresa and is distributed in the UK by Coe Vintners of Essex.  The rum is bottled at 40% ABV and a 70cl bottle will set you back between £40-45.

The rum is produced in the often criticised solera method.  However, Santa Teresa have opted against one of those misleading age statements.  The oldest rum in this blend is (according to the website) 25 years old.  The solera is a four tier system and a lot of the rum in the blend will be a lot younger than 25 years old.  The rum is produced from two continuous column stills.  Like many “rons” there is no pot still element to the rum.

The presentation of the 1796 is classic and timeless.  The rum is housed in a blue cylinder and the plastic topped cork stopper is sealed with red wax which runs partly down the neck of the bottle.  It gives a kind of faux antique feel .  In the bottle the rum is a lovely rich almost mahogany colour.

Unusually for myself I have started with the premium offering from Santa Teresa before trying on of the more entry level rums they have.  I have previously quite enjoyed Pampero’s rums so I felt a well renowed sipper from the same country was likely to be at least half decent.Santa Teresa 1796 rum review by the fat rum pirate

It was actually a Whisky reviewer or “vlogger” who I turned to mostly when looking to garner another opinion regarding this rum.  I remembered viewing a number of rum reviews by Ralfy (click on the link to open his review).  I often read the views of others before posting my review.  Usually with more complex rums.  Often I am at a loss as to descriptors for certain tastes or aromas.  Ralfy is one person who can certainly help with that.  He really does have a lovely way of conducting his reviews and getting his points across.

The nose of this rum is quite light and clean.  It is almost Bajan like.  It has a nice light sweet vanilla note and an overall sweet profile, which whilst not intense is inviting.  It smells as rum should with just enough sweetness to suggest that any kind of adulteration is minimal.  This is unlike some Venezuelan rums we could mention…..

Sipping the rum reveals the aged spirit contained within.  Spicy notes and a oaky Santa Teresa 1796 rum review by the fat rum pirateflavour are very pleasant and not overpowering.  The alcohol burn often associated with the spicy tingle on the tongue is anonymous.  The rum is much lighter and less fruity than Pampero’s Aniversario for example.  It is more like a more aged and better developed version of their Anejo.  The sweetness of the nose is present in the sipping experience.  It is a light sugared almost honeyed sweetness. It’s not a fruity kind of sweetness.  The 1796 is aged in Limousin Oak Barrels which are often used to age wine and cognac, Limousin is not surprisingly in France.  This will go some way to explaining this rums overall profile.

Personally, I can see no need to mix this rum with anything.  I have sufficient rum which I can mix to produce long drinks.  I also have a pretty decent stock of rums which I can enoy “neat” as us English like to say.  Up here in the North East of England the term “raw” is often also used.  That is mainly due to the fact we will drink anything with alcohol in it…….with or without a mixer.

This is a very easy going, easy drinking sipping rum.  However, it is down to the blenders art how easily it goes down.  The rum has quite a bit of complexity but it is so well balanced and blended that it doesn’t challenge you as some rums can.  It kind of sneaks up on you and whispers in your ear just how good it is.

Certainly one of the better “rons” in my cabinet.

4 stars







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8 comments on “Santa Teresa 1796

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  2. I’ve been through a few rums this evening and surprisingly, this has been my favourite so far.

    73 Keith.

  3. Dear FatRumPirate,
    I am happy to read that you enjoyed Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antigua de Solera. Thank you for your review and honest opinion. There is a detail that I would like bring to your attention: part of the “Relleno de Solera” i.e. the blend that refills the Solera System and mixes with the Mother Rum, does come from Pot Still.

    Last October, at the UK RumFest in London, we had Santa Teresa’s Maestro Ronero N. Ortega conducting a tastings of the following components of the “Relleno de Solera”: light rum from the 4th column, heavy rum from the 1st column and craft rum from the Pot Still. Furthermore, last year Javier Herrera, Director of the International Rum Congress in Madrid, told the audience in one of the conferences that he had been in the Hacienda and seen the Pot.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or doubts regarding my comment or any other issue regarding Santa Teresa rums. I hope to visit the UK later this year and plan to bring some pot still rum with me for tastings so I hope to meet up and drink some rum and be merry.


    • Thank you Luis for the information

  4. Good stuff, haven’t had it in a while though.

  5. Glad you liked. One of my standards and one I discovered and adopted some years ago after my local retailer stopped carrying Mocambo 20. Price has recently gone up over here. A year ago was $44. Now it’s $54 which is in line with your price. All in all this remains one of my favourite rums.

    • It’s good stuff Matthew very enjoyable

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