Santa Teresa 1796 Solera



C.A. Ron Santa Teresa

Price approx:






DOC Ron de Venezuela





single modernist rum
raw material

Raw material:




multi-column and pot still



4 to 35 years, solera

sugar added

Sugar added:

10 g/L

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:






The fairly widespread call to strengthen penalties for crimes is a populist gesture, because it's based on the belief that prisoners are doing better than they deserve and at the same time on the valid consideration that they are living at taxpayer expense. Meanwhile, it is not the severity of the punishment but the inevitability of its execution that has the preventive effect on public safety.

Even if European countries are culturally similar, they codify non-conformism, deviation and crime differently. That's why comparing incarceration rate between them reveals such differences. Different countries generate different numbers of inmates. Let's remember that the goal is to resocialize their residents. The problem is they are not.

When cultural shared values are difficult to obtain through legal channels, then crime can be seen as cutting corners. However there are countries in which common crimes become a necessity enabling survival. Plunged in a deep crisis Venezuela is such a country.

The Santa Teresa rum producer didn't release to law enforcement authorities the criminals trying to rob his facility. He broke the vicious circle - sentence, deepening criminalization behind bars, stigmatization and recidivism. He offered in return an arrangement - unpaid work as compensation, followed by apprenticeships and employment prospects. He saw his fellow man as a human for whom he took responsibility. So the rum producer didn't fail where a dysfunctional state fails. And so, beginning with one decision and step by step, both worlds met, giving rise to the Alcatraz project, a rehabilitation program through sport. 🏉


The 1796 date placed in the brand name requires clarification. It's the foundation date of the hacienda, where wheat, indigo, coffee and sugarcane were grown. Less than a hundred years later it was bought by the German immigrant Gustav Julius Vollmer, who imported a copper still from Cologne and in 1909 registered the Santa Teresa distillery. Four generations later the company is led by Alberto C. Vollmer. Bacardi took over the international distribution of the Santa Teresa brands in 2017.

Sugar cane comes from the fertile valleys of the Aragua region. The molasses ferments for 15 hours to be column and pot distilled. Rum undergoes four-level solera in ex-bourbon and ex-cognac oak barrels. The youngest component is four years old, the oldest - thirty-five; average in a bottle - twelve. Tests reveal 7.75g of sugar per 700ml bottle and the addition of caramel for enhancing naturally occurring colors, but nothing else.

Fruity with notes of wood.
— as they tell
Baked apples with cinnamon, dark chocolate, butterscotch.
— as examined by RumExam
Nuts, leather, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate, prunes, hints of honey and pepper.
— as they tell
Tobacco, nutmeg, salty caramel.
— as examined by RumExam
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Oaky, woody, nutty.
— as examined by RumExam
⁖Reviewed on: August 28th, 2021