Santa Teresa 1796 Review

By Adam Saturday 1st Dec, 2018

The festive season is fast approaching and this latest addition to the Dapper Chapper bar is both the perfect gift idea for any rum lover, or a tipple to enjoy yourself as those winter nights draw in.

Santa Teresa 1796 is a single estate Venezuelan rum which arrived on our desk in a handsome cylinder tin, with a timeless, wax sealed cork. It really is readymade for Christmas gifting, but if you’re fortunate enough to be able to try it yourself, it’s bound to find it’s way into your favourites.

Santa Teresa is made in what is an unusual way for rum, a process called solera. Casks of different aged rums are stacked vertically in a four tier system, the oldest at around 35 years of age, is at the bottom, and as the distiller draws rum from one cask they top it up with younger liquid from the blend.

Sweet with vanilla notes, upon opening the rum produces an inviting aroma. For many this is a drink that can be enjoyed “neat”, boasting a light and fruity flavour that makes it extremely easy to sip. The hints of pepper provide a noticeable spice but it’s far from overpowering, achieving that smooth and well balanced finish.


Appearance: Amber red and rich of thick tears

Nose: Fruity aroma with notes of wood

Palate: Unique taste of nuts, leather, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate, prunes, hints of honey and pepper.

For those that enjoy a rum based cocktail, here are a couple of our Santa Teresa 1796 inspired favourites:

Cocktail One: Persephone

  • 20ml Santa Teresa 1796
  • 20ml Triple Sec
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 3 blackberries
  • 40ml cranberry juice
  • 10ml vanilla syrup
  • Garnish with a lemon slice and blackberry and serve in a sling glass.

Cocktail Two: Overture

  • 40ml Santa Teresa 1796
  • 20ml Cynar liqueur
  • 20ml Vermouth
  • Serve in a rocks glass over cubed ice, with an orange peel garnish.

Santa Teresa – RRP: £44.99 at Ocado and in store at Fortnum & Mason