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Posts Tagged ‘Juan Santos Rum’

Top 30 Rums Countdown # 10 – Juan Santos 21 Year

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 15, 2012

Top 30Juan Santos AntiguaThe rums of Juan Santos are produced in Colombia, South America by Santana Liquors. The Juan Santos 21 Year Antigua Reserva Rum is a molasses based rum which has been apparently been aged  for 21 years in used whisky and bourbon barrels from Kentucky. At this time the Juan Santos brand is available only in Western Canada, although the Ron Santero brand from Santana Liquors is available in other markets. Although Juan Santos is relatively unknown outside of the Western Canadian market, I have discovered that this rum brings an astounding level of smoothness and depth of flavour to the rum glass.

The appeal of this rum is so strong in fact that my judging panel ranked it as the 10 best rum in my The Rum Howler 2012 Top 30 Rums Countdown:


# 10 – Juan Santos 21 Year

“… Rising into the air, with the smell light toffee and brown sugar, is a light touch of rye spices similar to Canadian rye whisky (wood spice, cardamom and ginger). The whisky like aromas and the rum-like toffee and brown sugar have in fact melted together giving the Juan Santos a very unique character in the glass. Notes of light sandal wood, some dried currants and a light smokiness round out my perceptions of the nose …”


The various flavours the Juan Santos 21 Year Old Rum possesses seem to melt and merge into each other wonderfully. This mixing and melting of flavours results in a truly wonderful rum.


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Review: Juan Santos Coffee Infused Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 3, 2011

Juan Santos (Coffee Infused Colombian Rum) is produced by Casa Santana, a rum company born in Columbia in 1994.  I posted my original review of this flavoured rum way back in October of 2009,  as one of the first ten reviews I opened this website with.

I thought that I should re-post this review such that my new readers could become aware of what I think is an outstanding flavoured rum, perhaps the best coffee favoured spirit I have come across.  Here is an excerpt from that original review:

“…The aroma from the glass is steeped with rich coffee. I love coffee, and I love the aroma. It smells rich and sweet, more like a liqueur than the type of rum spirit I am used to. The rum notes are there as well, complimented by the coffee but not drowned in it. ..”

You may read the full review here:

Review: Juan Santos Coffee Infused Rum

Please Enjoy this early review of mine!

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Rum Cocktail: Sloe Rum Cocktail

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 31, 2010

Here is a cocktail which I built several months ago when I reviewed the Juan Santos 21 Antigua Reserva rum. This past weekend I wanted something nice to sip so I went back through my blog and found the recipe. This time I made the cocktail with Appleton Estates 12 year old Rum.

The construction of the cocktail is uses a 4 : 1 ratio of aged rum and sloe gin shaken with bitters and ice and then poured into a cocktail glass rinsed with Vermouth. A Maraschino cherry garnish and a squeeze of lime add the finishing details.

I poured over many cocktail books and quite a few web sites to see if the cocktail had any history that I could find.  Other than a few vague resemblances I came up empty. So my belief is that the cocktail is an original.

It is also Yummy!

Here is a link to the Full Recipe Page:

Rum Cocktail: Sloe Rum Cocktail

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Rum Review: Juan Santos Antigua Reserva 21 Yr Old Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 10, 2010

This is the last review I am doing on a series of new Colombian rums that are entering the North American marketplace via my home province of Alberta.  Allow me to introduce Juan Santos Twenty One Year Old Rum.  I found this to be a tremendous rum with unmatched smoothness, and a wonderful soft clean finish.

Juan Santos rums  are a product of Casa Santana Liquors, the only privately held liquor company in Colombia which  is specializing in the production of premium aged rum.  Casa Santana was founded in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1995, by the Riascos family.  Their  rums have been developed by Cuban master blenders who began  their craft in Cuba before leaving the island in 1994, bringing with them their rum making craft.

Casa Santana has  two production plants which are located in Santa Marta, and in the Free Trade Zone of Barranquilla.  These  are located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia which provides access for shipping abroad.

Casa Santana claims their rum production is completely  free of additives and artificial essences.

Here is my review:

Review: Juan Santos Antigua Reserva 21 Yr Old Rum

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Rum Review: Juan Santos Gran Reserva (12 Year)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 17, 2009

We have come to the fourth review on a series of new Colombian rums entering the Canadian marketplace. The Juan Santos 12 year old rum brings an increased level of smoothness and depth to the rum glass, and it was truly a pleasure to review the sample which was provided for me by the rum’s Canadian importer, The Liber group.

Please read the review here:

Review: Juan Santos Gran Reserva – 12 Year Old Rum

The review includes a new cocktail I designed specifically for this rum called THE JUAN SANTOS SLOE AND SOUR.   The cocktail has already received positive feedback on RUM CONNECTION where my Juan Santos Gran Reserva review was first published.

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Rum Review: Juan Santos 9 Yr Reserva Especial Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 2, 2009

I continue my journey through the range of the Juan Santos Rums from Colombia.  I am finding that as I move up the age ladder so to speak, I am encountering more smoothness, and depth of flavour.


Here is an excerpt from the review:

“….This rum feels more crisp than the previously reviewed 5-year-old rum. The rum flavours and spice I taste are indistinct, as if they are melting into the oak.  I taste soft notes of caramel, light touches of hotter cinnamon, and a faint hint of hazelnut and nutmeg….”


You may read the entire review here:

Review: Juan Santos 9 Yr Reserva Especial Rum

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Rum Review: Juan Santos 5 Yr Old Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 26, 2009

The first salvo was launched several months ago when the Liber Group quietly placed Juan Santos Colombian Coffee Infused Rum on the store shelves in Alberta, Canada. Sample bottles for tasting were placed into liquor stores, and the bottles began to sell. This isn’t an ordinary flavoured rum, its core is a premium 7 yr Old Colombian Rum from Santana Liquor which I reviewed for Rum Connection on September 21, 2009.

The importer (and distributor) is a small Canadian company called The Liber Group. I met with their representative on Thursday September 16 to discuss the rum invasion, and to sample their product line:


In early November the push will begin to place four aged rums into the Alberta Marketplace. The Liber group plans to introduce a 5-year-old, a 9-year-old, a 12-year-old, and a premium 21-year-old rum into the marketplace coinciding with this Province’s Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festivals in Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. Plans are underway to grow the market through Western Canada this fall.

Here is an excerpt from my impressions of the Juan Santos Five Year Old Rum:

“…The rum has a nice soft texture and buttery feel in the mouth.  Flavours of creamy mild caramel seem to melt on the tongue with traces of nutmeg, and a hint of cinnamon.   Wrapped around this caramel/toffee like flavour is the unmistakable presence of a soft bourbon and a hot peppery rye….”

Read the full Review  for Juan Santos 5 Yr Old Rum Here


This will be the first in a series of reviews over the next few weeks as I explore the full Range of Juan Santos rums (5 Yr, 9 YR, !2 Yr and 21 Yr)

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