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Bit hard to go through, pretty strong to deal with.
At first this seems too intense, but after having some tiki cocktails with it I found myself craving this funky hogo flavor, good with a nice simple lime, sugar, bitters cocktail, perhaps a 50/50 blend with El Dorado 12 could really surprise you! It’s high abv so don’t sip it, but give it a tiny sample to really understand what you are dealing with.
Wow, right off it's a nose full of ethanol but when it breathes for a spell I get caramel, hints of cherry and is that apple I smell? Leather as well. A big ester profile here.
Taking a very small sip at room temp and letting it coat this is not near as harsh as some reviews let me to believe. Lightly sweet caramel with the alcohol burn. Some solvent-like quality but not overbearing. Don't get me wrong this is not an everyday neat sipper for most but the overall flavor is full, rounded and a bit funky. What you would expect from some of the funkier Jamaican rums. Kind of like Appleton Signature Blend on steroids.
Okay, I add an ice cube and swirl it. The nose opens up yet calms down a bit. Smoother and less aggressive. As it cools down the body seems to increase, the sweetness comes out a bit and the funkiness lessens. This isn't half bad as a sipper now. Not for the faint of heart but not out of the question if you want an ounce of big Jamaican punch (as in a strong hit) in the palate! Not unsurprisingly numbing on the tongue and in the mouth but it doesn't blow your buds all at once. The finish is long and rather smooth once the alcohol cools and it has the definite finish of the funky Jamaican fermentation flavors lingering for a bit. Less forward than I would have expected but in a very pleasant and positive way. The finish is drying.
I can see this being awesome in the Tiki arsenal and really contributing a great base rum flavor to almost any drink requiring an over proof, or even not requiring an over proof. Reduce the quantity a tad and this could be great in a lot of the Tiki staples, especially punches, Zombies and even in a Hurricane.
This rum turned out to be much better than I expected it to be neat and just based on the neat flavor and aromas I can see it being fantastic in cocktails. This is rated high for a reason. It's great! It's definitely one most should have on the shelf as one of the basic tools of the cocktail. I give it a solid 8. At $29 in Ohio it's getting into the upper range of a great mixing rum but as an over proof you typically use a bit less of it and not in as many recipes. A good value in my book.
Not as tasty as Pussers. Sure it’s strong, but tastes good. Not as flavorful as Pussers or OFTD. Certainly a fine blend leathery notes. Blends very nicely though when you need something more subtle than Pussers
You have to like the Pot style distillation to enjoy Jamaican Rums.
This is one of the better.
Add a few drops of water and let stand a few minutes to really open it up.
This is truly the quintessential Jamaican rum for mixing up a classic Mai Tai cocktail. A blend based on the pot still produced navy rum recipes of colonial Jamaica. 114 proof with the "hogo" you'd expect from the esthers.
Extremely solid overproof Jamaican with a bit more oak and heft than a Wray and nephew. Still aggressive enough to be great but tamed with other flavors. Just needs slightly more complexity
If this was scotch I’d call it peaty... like an islay malt. Sinus clearing.
I tried this rum at a restaurant in Honolulu. I've been getting into sipping rums...only the affordable ones tho...and low and behold, the restaurant one! FYI - Hawaii restaurants are behind the ball in stocking decent gold rums. S&C had a subtle slightly different taste that I found exceptional. Hard to describe. I recommend trying it. If you're in Hawaii, go to Roy Yamaguchi's GOEN restaurant in Kailua (Oahu) for a sample.
This rum has a very unique flavour profile to just about any rum that I’ve had. However, the burn on this when sipping neat is far too harsh to recommend to drink alone. Would probably be amazing with coke. Worth a try and I’d give it 6.5 if I could.
A unique and tasty rum with loads of tropical fruit, some spices, a little caramel, chocolate, and a unique funkiness with so much agave on the nose it can be mistaken as a tequila in a blind tasting.
Pure potstill rum from Jamaica. Love Jamaican rum and this one don't dissapoint you. Nose: classic jamaican scent of raisins and banana. Taste is harsh of raisins. Not sweet at all. For sailors or for those who prefer manly drinks.
Traditional jamaican navy strength rum 57%.
Pure plummer and wedderburn pot still distillate.
Nose: strong dunder and esters, molasses, toasted butter, brine
Taste: oh some more of that lovely pungent molasses dunder taste, strong toasted butter and brine also caramel, i think im in love with this rum.
Finish: Dry and some oak in the end. Has some kick( thanks to 57 abv) but no alcohol taste.
The dry taste of dunder, butter and oak lingers for a long time, i like that.
Overall: Absolute delicious honest traditional jamaican rum that has very strong punching dunders and esters kicking through but with beautiful molasses butter caramel tastes that make you crave more.
Also bottled at higher abv 57% which is always a good thing and greatly appreciated.
Mixability is also remarkable so i have to give extra points for that.
Makes beautiful balanced navy grogs and also works magic in other tiki cocktails.
No added sugar like most jamaicans, maybe has caramel colour for color consistency but i dont care about that personally.
Also if your palate is familiar only with heavily sugared commercial aged rums, i won't recommend this rum to you unless you want to really broaden your horizon.
Ce rhum est une véritable bombe aromatique. Attention, ne portez pas le nez directement au verre, les arômes sont trop puissants. L'alcool est aussi très présent. C'est un rhum qui déménage. Un accord parfait avec un carré de chocolat noir intense !! Il parait qu'il est très bien aussi en mixologie.
Pour le prix, une affaire !!
This rum is a true aromatic bomb. Be careful, do not take the nose directly to the glass, the aromas are too powerful. Alcohol is also very present. It's a rum that is strong and not for kids !! A perfect match with intense dark chocolate !! It seems that he is very good also in mixology.
For the price, a bargain !!
Nie do końca rozumiem co ludzie w nim uwielbiają. Brzydko pachnie, sztucznie. Smak....ok tutaj ja go nie za bardzo lubię, gdyż jest po prostu za mocny. Czuć mocno alkohol. Piłem kilka różnych overproof i najlepsze było to, że ukrywało swoją moc. Tutaj nie - tutaj czuć moc paliwa rakietowego.
Aczkolwiek mimo to wyczuwalna slodycz, co doceniam.
I approached this with caution because of reviews that describe it as too strong. I found it wonderful with a full low-sweetness flavor that truly suited a whiskey sipper like me.
The nosing was great, yet the taste did not seem to match the smell. There was some subtle sourness. Considering the price, it is a bargain. Really opens up with some water.
This is a home bar staple for me. A mixing giant. The value, the unique but not overbearing flavour make it a mixing essential. Irreverent aroma of overripe fruit is steaming out of the bottle. One of the stalwarts for tiki drinks and versatile enough to crush just about any recipe that calls for non-white rums. Absolutely satisfying and it covers gaps that few other rums in one bottle can. Can do a decent impression of a straight rocks drink as well. Two ice-cubes and four fingers can be an alternative here. Price, flavour and versatility put this in the the super plus mixer category.
The aroma once poured is reminiscent of a banana plantation in the Caribbean. Let at least 1 or 2 ice cubes melt before you try to sip it though otherwise it will do nothing but burn. Once settled an oaky taste emerges and the sweetness smelt disapates slightly too. It still has a slight burn which leaves me to relinquish this one to the mixing shelf, but those flavours hold potential.
What you can imagine is agricole with 57% ABV and sugar aroma, with a bit of water the after taste develops into caramel, but the whole experience is just not worth the bother.
Has a burnt carbon ash peat finish. The nose is very strong with notes of green cane and strong vanilla. This is better with a splash of water or a single ice cube to temper it a bit.
I was very hesitant to try this authentic Jamaican rum for a long time because of some of the frightening descriptions in these reviews. This is NOT a rum for beginners and I am certainly not a beginner. So I plunked down $27 US for my bottle of this and brought it home today. It is blended in the UK, which has long ties to Jamaica. You can read the whole story on the back of the bottle.
When I broke the plastic seal around the cork, I was afraid to open it for fear of some awful smells. Instead, it was anything but that. My first pour was neat in the snifter. Aromas of exotic tropical fruits greeted me. On the palate was mild hogo and lots of burn. Hey, it's only 114 proof, so what can you expect? Adding a few ice cubes swapped out the burn for lots of pleasant hogo flavors. This is the way to drink it, on the rocks. Then I tried one of the drinks on the back of the label called Million. A million of what? Stupid name, but I tried it with measurements given to the nearest quarter of an ounce for this rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Angostura Bitters. Gosh, that is a damn good drink, but I would rather savor mine on the rocks and stick with no added sugars. Whomever said that dry rums are boring has obviously not tried this one. This one can also put any Mai Tai over the top!
The rum is a bit too strong. The flavor has a weird taste to it, but I can't put my finger on it.
Luckily I got it in a tasting packet, so only a small bottle has gone to waste.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice