It’s not Clear. It’s not Gold. It’s Claro!

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Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Claro.

Santa Teresa Claro

Hello everybody. I’m back. After my packing marathon, four days on the road —crossing the country from coast to coast—, and trying to make my new appartment in Florida home, I’m back with a post I wanted to write almost two years ago. I apologize because this is not a recipe but a product review of one of my favorite añejos and no doubt the best one to make mojitos and daiquiris.

As some of you may know, I’ve working for Ron Santa Teresa, the oldest Ron de Venezuela producer, since 2000. Santa Tersa Claro is the latest addition to their portfolio.

But in addition to this, I decided to write this for many reasons:

1. In spite of my unpacking marathon, my kitchen is not ready yet and I haven’t shot a picture since I moved to our new place.

2. There are so many friends to visit and call and talk to that I didn’t have the time to do any blogging.

3. Last but not least, this aged rum is so good to mix with tropical fruits that is the perfect spirit to celebrate my new sunny and tropical home state.

So, here I go. Originally developed for the sophisticated Italian market, Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Claro became an immediate success in Europe where it’s considered the mixologist’s favorite. Now is available in the U.S., mainly in Florida and New York.

“The main reason we love Claro is because it’s a rum that tastes like rum,” said Giuseppe González, mixologist and co-owner of PKNY, in the East Village in NYC, where Claro is a must for signature tiki and tropical cocktails, including piña coladas, daiquiris swizzles and, of course, mojitos.

My favorite thing about this rum is that you can mix it with all kinds of fruits and herbs and, at the end, the rum flavor prevails.

Claro is a delicate blend of rums up to 3 years old, including light and heavy rums, aged in oak barrels and casks at the Hacienda Santa Teresa, in my home country, Venezuela. Heavy rums give Claro its character and permanence, bringing the aromas and flavors that make it the ideal rum for mixing cocktails.

Tasting Notes

The following tasting notes were written as part of my job, hand in hand with Ron Santa Teresa’s Rum Master, Néstor Ortega:
To the sight: brilliant pale golden, dense, rich in tears.
To the nose: ardent, sugar cane aroma, fruity, with apple, banana and pineapple notes, and a light wood fragrance.
To the palate: fruit and wood taste with sweet sugar cane notes. Light and persistent body, with a sweet aftertaste, green aromatic fruits.

Recipes with Claro in this blog include, among others:

Blueberry and Lavender Mojito
Claro Cosmopolitan
Falernum
Green Eyes
Illumination
Kumquat Rumpirinha
Ginger Mojito
Mojito
Rose Mojito
Rumpirinha
The Esmeralda Frozen Mojito
Watermelon Mojito
Witchy Woman

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