radition, innovation and expertise are at the heart of Ron
Santa Teresa, an independent, family-owned company with
more than 200 years of know-how. The distillery is now under
the watchful eye of the �fth generation of the Vollmer family,
and 21st-century style and technology are important when it
comes to making the �nest aged rums. Hacienda Santa Teresa
has transformed from a sugar cane farm and mill into one of Venezuela's
modern rum complexes. Today, it produces and blends luxury rums.
Just one of the elements that sets Santa Teresa apart is the Vollmer
family's dedication to quality raw ingredients. The sugar cane is gathered
from the �elds and processed within 24 hours, so that when the dark,
honeyed molasses is fermented and then distilled, Santa Teresa rum
retains the character of its raw materials.
Santa Teresa 1796
The historical Hacienda was founded in 1796 and this date gives one of
Santa Teresa's most prestigious rums both its name and its personality.
Santa Teresa 1796 is a unique rum that stands apart from its peers in both
quality and process. One of the secrets behind its taste is the age-old
'solera' system used for centuries by Spain's brandy and sherry producers.
The solera contains rows of casks �lled with carefully selected rum, with
each tier holding rums of increasing maturity, from top to bottom.
The rum that is to be bottled is drawn from the row resting on the oor
- known as 'suelo' in Spanish. This contains the oldest and most mature
rums. Rum from the row above is transferred to �ll the suelo and so on, up
to the top tiers. These top casks are �lled with aged rum from American oak
and French Limousin casks - some as old as 35 years. The whole lot slowly
makes its way down the solera until it reaches the all-important suelo.
The �nal stage in the quest for perfection is a similar 'crianza' in large
French oak vats before the �nished rum is bottled. The result is a medium-
to full-bodied rum with a deep amber colour. It is both viscous and dry,
with notes of toee, roasted almonds, pecans, exotic brown spices and
vanilla. It is complex and pure, with a long, lingering and supple �nish.
Santa Teresa 1796 is a rum to be savoured on its own or in good
cocktails. It is complex enough to stand up to classic whisky cocktail
recipes and it works extremely well in an old fashioned - try it for yourself.
Throughout May, Santa Teresa 1796 is on o
er at £39.95 at Gerry's in Soho.
For more than 200 years, Santa Teresa
has been producing and blending worldclass
rum. The proof is in the drinking…
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