Santa Teresa 1796 is a delicious representative of Venezuela. The rich, flavorful rum should be a welcome guest in any drinker’s glass. At $40 – $50 depending on where you find it, it’s not quite the bargain that Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is, but is nonetheless well-deserving of a spot on any rum lover’s shelf. If I have any reservations about this rum, it’s that it may be a bit rich for every night enjoyment, and that same richness limits it somewhat when it comes to cocktails. Still, if I were looking for a great rum to pour at a celebration or any other special occasion, it would be an error to ignore the Santa Teresa 1796.