Master of rums and the flagship of the house, Santa Teresa 1796 results from a careful blend of Santa Teresa’s finest aged spirits ranging from 4 to 35 years that is then further aged in a style borrowed from the Spanish sherry producers. Santa Teresa 1796 is the first premium añejo rum in the world to be aged in the Solera method: a cascade process in four levels of oak barrels that combines barrel ageing and cask "crianzas." The blend of añejo (aged) rums enters the top barrels and is aged until it reaches a desired level of maturity. Half of the contents of the top barrels are then transferred to the oak barrels below that have also had half of their contents removed and transferred to the barrels below, and so on until the fourth set of barrels. When the cascade is concluded, the golden liquid is transferred to large Limousin oak casks that, again, are only ever half emptied thus producing even softer and rounder rum. This system is unique in Venezuela and the rum industry. 92 points Beverage Testing Institute: "Dark amber color. Aromas of toffee, vanilla, candied pecan, and anise biscotti with a velvety, crisp, off-dry medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length allspice, milk chocolate, chai latte, and mesquite barbecue finish. A silky smooth rum with pecan pie sweetness; craveable. Gold Medal -- Exceptional" (6/2019)
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By: Andrew Stevens
K&L Staff Member
This wonderfully rich, but balanced Solera style rum is one of my go to's for those just getting into rum or those who have been long time fans. Dark, warm fruits and notes of toffee are not cloying, but rather they compliment each other and the strong streak of vanilla that brings this rum to a close.
By: Kyle Kurani
K&L Staff Member
A demandingly decadent Rum, full of dark hued flavors of maple and brown sugar. The Santa Teresa is a wonderfully balanced rum with years of solera aging to create a spirit that is past the complexity of a single age statement. A nose of maple cake and burnt sugar. Vanilla cream runs throughout adding a beautifully sweet crescendo to a long and lush finish.
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