Santa Teresa Claro

Santa Teresa Claro Bottle

Product of:  Venezuela
Aged:   up to 2 years
Price: $13
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context: Premium Pale Rum
RG Rating: 9.5

Tasting Notes 
Very Smooth.  Santa Teresa’s Claro reveals much about itself from the appearance alone: an slightly pale straw color caused by briefly aging in oak barrels, Santa Teresa says Claro has a “light golden hue.”  It’s rare to smell anything other than ethyl in a white rum, and here Claro satisfies with clean, happy aromas of sweet sugar cane, mild grassiness, some welcome vanilla, oak, coconut and caramel - it’s more like an aged cachaca than a mass-market mixing rum.  The initial taste shows really nice sweetness right from the start, balanced with sugarcane texture, mild meyer lemon citrus and a medium-heavyweight body with smooth flavors that finish deep and sweet and linger far longer than other white rums.

Anecdotes 
Santa Teresa claims Claro is “the genuine rum for mixing.”  No argument here.  But it’s also absolutely suitable for sipping neat.   Aged in used American bourbon whiskey barrels and c filtered to remoe color but not flavor, Claro is a top shelf white rum.

Opinion 
Wow!  Santa Teresa Claro is the perfect rum for daiquiris and mojitos, and challenges most of the Cachacas available in the US for the top spot in making a caipirinha.  Possessing considerably more flavor than the mass produced unaged white rums that unfortunately dominate the US market, Claro offers us a more dignified rum with flavor and a little aging for adding character and depth to your favorite rum cocktails.

Reviewed: December 2011 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017