This is a mysterious rum……so mysterious that there is precious little information out there about it! I first saw DeSilver Rum advertised in Robs Rum Guide and the idea of a spiced white rum was one that intrigued me, and made me want to seek this out. Imagine my delight then when I found out that DeSilver Rum, now distributed in the UK by The Bottle Drinks Company, was signed up to display at the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show in Manchester! I attended the show and got to try DeSilver Spiced White Rum……………..it takes a second to get your head around the concept given that ALL spiced rums that I’d previously tried were gold or dark…….never white……it may even be the only one, but it works, and it works well. But more of that later……
In the 17th Century, piracy was rife in the Caribbean and one of the more feared pirates was a bloodthirsty and cruel old pirate going by the name of Captain DeSilver! Rumour is that he carried a silver sword and that it was the speed of his swordsmanship that earned him the nickname ‘DeSilver’. It also earned him the admiration of almost every lady that crossed his path, and he lived in such refinement that he was envied by the nobility! Legend has it that his speed, strength and vitality came from a secret spice mix that only he knew. He mixed Caribbean Rum with this secret spice mix and left it to marry in a cave…….this elixir was the secret of his success!
With the cave no longer used for barrel storage and Captain DeSilver unavailable for comment on the distillation methods used, I have found out that this rum uses a distilling process not dis-similar to the one used in the production of gin whereby the spices are added to the still prior to the second distillation, and this is where the infusion occurs.
This is most certainly an interesting rum……the rum itself is not from St Barth though as there are no distilleries there. The base rum is from Guadeloupe and it is the spices themselves that are obtained from St Barth.
Enough chat though…..what does a white spiced rum taste like………
In the glass: The rum is crystal clear with a little alcohol up front. Ginger immediately jumps out along with anise and slight nuttiness. It doesn’t smell sweet at all. A little savoury with black pepper and a real depth of spice but it retains a freshness and an agricole edged vegetal base full of fennel, cinnamon and fresh sugar cane. I don’t detect much vanilla but I believe it’s there in the background, just carrying the spice. It may be me, but I can smell a little black cardamom note. Very interesting stuff and unlike any spiced rum I’ve encountered.
In the mouth: Straight away there is a white pepper tingle up front and the rum dries out rapidly. Fresh cane, freshly cut ginger and fennel dominate. Not fighting for attention, just coming in waves. The finish is creamy and long with the ginger and fennel lingering for an age. Slight anise to round out a really pleasant experience. But a VERY different one. Leave your preconceptions at the door.
As a drop to be sipped neat, it’s actually a pleasant and unique experience. It’s almost a palate cleanser. An experience not too dis-similar to a mouthful of the sweet masala that you would find in a decent Indian restaurant as a digestif. Mixing presents a challenge. I tried it at NRB with Ruby Grapefruit juice as someone had suggested…….it did it no favours. It was lost and dominated by the acidity of the grapefruit. With cola as a mixer, it lacks the sweetness to work. I tried a Spiced Daiquiri using the standard quantities. It was lost behind the lime and lacked the sweetness, even with the addition of sugar syrup. When changed up, reducing the lime to 15ml and upping the sugar syrup by 10ml, the whole drink combines to lift the spice above the citrus and the extra sweetness compensates for the savoury nature of the rum. It’s all about finding the balance for the spice and I’d love to see what a Bartender, rather than an Architectural Technologist can come up with.
All in all, a very different but very interesting take on a spiced rum. It’s available on Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange for around £28 a bottle……or if you’re passing by, I like to share. As for it being the secret to vitality, strength and speed…..my swordsmanship hasn’t improved, neither has my speed, we’ll have to wait and see on the vitality!
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