When I was working as tech support, one of my clients was so pleased with my skills that he wanted to send me a bottle of rum from his country in Venezuela. Although I politely declined due to company rules against gifts, I did promised I’d try it on my own. I kept my promise and purchased Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum. My client wasn’t kidding when he told me it’s the best rum he’s had. Indeed it was the best rum I’ve tasted.
This rum was so smooth, taking it neat or on the rocks was definitely a couple of ways of drinking it.
A bit of background information
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.
Judges’ comments from The International Cane Spirits Festival 2007
Opens with toffee, brown sugar and vanilla aromas; dark chocolate and maple syrupy on the palate, with a dense richness; finishes with great length, a touch of pepper and developing complexity. Award: Gold Medal, Best In Category (Aged Rums 15+ Years Old)
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