Spirit of the Month: October 2017

We choose our Spirit of the Month to highlight some of the greatest spirits in the world. Some of them are age-old classics, some of them are great new releases, but whatever it is, you can be sure that it's something we love. This month we've chosen:

Santa Teresa 1796 Rum – The Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Month
Santa Teresa 1796 Rum – The Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Month
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Honeyed, rounded rum from Venezuela with elements of bitter chocolate, nuts and buttery biscuits. It is made, unusually for a rum, through the solera process: casks of different aged rums are stacked vertically, the oldest at the bottom, and as the distiller draws rum from one cask they top it up with younger liquid from the blend. Santa Teresa 1796 was awarded Best in Category (Aged Rums 15+) at the International Cane Spirits Festival 2007 and is best enjoyed over ice or mixed with mineral water.

Tasting Notes

Glass of Spytail Black Ginger Rum

From The Producer

  • Colour: Reddish amber.
  • Aroma: Fruity aroma with honey and dark-chocolate notes.
  • Flavour: With a mellow yet complex flavour, this rum offers tobacco and leather notes, toasted and smoky. The rounded rum offers a balance that can only be achieved through the solera method. It is full bodied while remaining delicate, elegant and velvety. The end evokes attributes borrowed from the oaks in which it is aged.



    About Santa Teresa



    The Hacienda Santa Teresa sugar plantation in Venezuela was established by the Count of Tovar in 1796, who named it after his daughter. The company made its first rum exactly 100 years later, and in 1909 the name 'Ron Santa Teresa' was awarded Venezuela's third-ever trademark.

    Today Santa Teresa still uses its own sugar cane to make rum, and the family-run distillery has gained a worldwide reputation for quality. It is also well known for its brilliant Alcatraz Project, which reintegrates members of violent local gangs into society through rugby union. Like everything else the distillery does, the rugby happens on site – and many of those enrolled in the project even go on to work for Santa Teresa.

    11 Customer Reviews

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    • Oswaldo Colon 12 October 2013

      As Venezuelan, collector and lover of rum I can confirm that this Rum is Superb! totally exquisite. the name of this rum "1796" comes from the creation of the Santa Teresa Farm which was founded on this year and this Rum is a Tribute to the first methods and flavours created on this farm. The Price/Quality of this one makes is the best rum you will get... on top of this you can go for Diplomatico Ambassador if you are fans of venezuelan sweetness and character.

    • Daniel Michieli 16 March 2013

      as a venezuelan i can say that this is the best rum in the country beating diplomatico and also cacique. santa Teresa in known because of the quality of the rums that they make and this one is pretty good, the second in my list would be Flor de Cana that is from Nicaragua and my third is another venezuelan rum Pampero Aniversario. i recommend you guys to ttaste these rums of course without mixing with any other drink, and you will see God

    • Nozza 23 January 2013

      I've drank a pretty large number of rums now and this is definitely in my top 3. It's incredibly smooth. Rich and complex. Lovely and sweet. Too good and too pricey to mix. I disagree with anothe reviewer that Diplomatico beats it to the ground. They're both lovely.

    • Anonymous 21 December 2010

      quite a few better brands in this price range, not to mention the top of the line Venezuelan rum,Diplomatico Exclusiva,which beats this one to the ground, and is cheaper too.

    • peter gelissen 4 November 2010

      it is over years ago that i drank this rum on a baseballtournament........now it still pops up in my mind/ memory/brain.....whatever.....hmmmm i am going to get me some....

    • Anonymous 7 August 2010

      As Venezuelan myself, I can confirm that you won't find any better rum than this. After this on, Cacique 500, superb

    • mr walkin 18 February 2010

      smooth great flavour very tasty 9/10

    • Anonymous 21 December 2008

      I lived in Venezuela for a couple of years and this was the best rum by far. Cacique 500 is also very good but not as drinkable neat. Try Cruzan Single Barrel, very smooth and tasty.

    • Anonymous 9 June 2007

      Mmm, this is number one! In an own division! But, the price stops to high consumption... :-) Is there anyone out there who can recommend some other rum for the more regular consumption, in a lower price category, but in the same atmosphere as this one?

    • Anonymous 21 April 2007

      ahem... is the vintage really 1796 or could this be an error...!!!!!!! seriously though this a great rum with a good complex flavour and slightly sweet finish, in typical south american style. thoroughly recommended!

    • Anonymous 19 March 2007

      A bottle was taken to Cheltenham last week and didn't come back to me after I had passed it round. Superbly smooth and very drinkable on its own!