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Nose: fun and funky, distictive enough to shine through in a variety of cocktails
Taste: hints at complexity when neat and burn less severe than most over proof drinks , but a little water or melting ice opens up a brilliant funky molasses slightly orangey flavour with a long finish.
It's up there with my favourite Mezcals and Island Malts and whisk(e)y drinking friends all seem to love it in cocktails.
It's not easy to drink (not for beginners). Dense with a high esters number, heavy proof. Jamaican rum is a very particular and fantastic rum category.
Having trouble finding it in New York City right now. Little water opens it up. One of my favorite rums.
This is another one of my favorites as I enjoy the overproof rums. This has a strong pot still taste. Not too sweet, not too stiff. I personally enjoy it with mixed drinks and especially with ginger beer. This is one of my favorites rums right now.
Open it up with a drop or two of water-outstanding!
Pot stilled brilliance, real rum bottled at 57% so needs watering in the glass and a rest before drinking but is a taste explosion. A beautiful thing on it's own or with a full bodied cigar. Not for sugary liqueur rum lovers. A real rum gem.
First, I am most impressed with this being a blend without any added sugar and being so cheap.
The nose strikes you with leather, toast and coconut, cottonsedge, pineapple and cherry. On the palate, caramel and fried banana with an oaky finish and slight burn. Impressively long aftertaste for a decently priced blended rum.
You might need some experience with Jamaican rum to enjoy it, but even Captain Morgan can offer some of that funky fruit, just remember this is dry and navy strength.
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.
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: Delicious honest traditional jamaican rum that has very strong punching dunders and esters kicking through but with beautiful molasses butter caramel taste too.
Also bottled at higher abv 57% which is always a good thing and greatly appreciated.
Mixability is also great so i have to give extra points for that.
Makes beautiful balanced navy grogs and also works magic in most of the 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. Im sure i will stumble upon some even better jamaican pot stills because personally for me this is slightly too much on an dry oaky whiskey side for me so i will not give this yet more than an 8
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.
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.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice