Silver Seal Dennery Superior St Lucian Rum

Silver Seal Dennery Superior St Lucian Rum Review by the fat rum piratSilver Seal Dennery Superior St Lucian Rum. The use of the “Dennery Distillery” on this bottling (and others) by Silver Seal has caused quite a lot of consternation from those currently involved at St Lucia Distillers.  Dennery is a completely different site to where the only St Lucian rum producer – St Lucia Distillers are now housed.

The distillery hasn’t operated since around 1972 so that is why the current owners of St Lucia Distillers are a bit perplexed by the use of the name.  Maybe this rum is from around that period?

At around £60 for a 70cl bottle with an ABV of 43% I very much doubt that.  There isn’t a great deal of information on this bottling.  It is believed to be from 1988/89.  Presentation wise – the label looks like something a small child has drawn.  It’s absolutely hideous.  I don’t know what it is with some indie bottlers but their presentation is stuck way back in the seventies for some reason.  To be fair Silver Seal have improved their presentation recently but some of it still looks dated.

Unfortunately I’ve no information on the actual rum – whether it is Pot, Column or a blend etc.  So a lot of this I will try and guess at as we go through the tasting of this bottling.  As its bottled by Silver Seal I would guess most of the ageing has taken place in Scotland – not much Tropical Ageing.  It is estimated that this rum was bottled around 2012 so the rum is around 22 to 23 years old.

I’m a big fan of St Lucia Distillers so I’ve been curious to try this rum for a long time.  So lets see how it went….

Very dark in the glass almost mahogany.  Caramel? I would reckon.  If I’m right about the tropical ageing then this wouldn’t be so dark.  Maybe a charred barrel? Possibly

Nose is pretty uninviting.  Almost sterile.  Little really to pick out just a bite of alcohol and a very woody bitterness. It doesn’t really say or do much.  Column distillation? I’d have to say so, yes. It offers little of what I expected.  There may be a few very faint notes but they are more odours than anything else.  Something old and a bit musty.

No salt, brine, herb or touch of Jagermeister.  It’s almost neutral beyond woody bitterness. Lacks any real vanilla or cocoa to balance it like Admiral Rodney.  It’s just a bit boring.  A million miles away from the 1931 series.Silver Seal Dennery Superior St Lucian Rum Review by the fat rum pirat

Sipped its got a bit of cocoa and a touch of caramel but it just tastes a bit old.  Any real flavour quickly disappears into woodiness and muskyness.  Muted, aged in barrels that have had their best days.  Maybe re-charred and just knackered.  Slightly murky and just a bit tired. Initially its quite fiery and peppered but it goes nowhere.  Just runs into a very boring fade of tired oak, faint caramel and a bitter almost sour note.  The finish is virtually non-existent bar the sour/bitter hit.

One thing I never thought would that I would actually be bored by something coming out of St Lucia Distillers. I’ve seen them on Social Media question whether this is their product at all!  Which is a bit worrying.  Mind you, even the way Silver Seal presented this would make me want to distance myself from it.  That’s not counting the very average contents inside.

A real disappointment for me.

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