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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.
This rum is akin to adding fennel to Italian dishes, don't eat the spice, just add it! In most tiki drinks, this adds distinguishable character to the cocktail. 1/4 oz will do. Serve a drink without and with, and ask your fellow rum imbibers which way they prefer. This rum is a go-to for me, to be used in small quantities. I am rating this very special mixing rum as if it were a right arm essential ingredient to most all tiki drinks. Its higher proof also corrects low ABV if you are mixing with 80 proof rums, without jumping to the potent 151 rum float. This rum also has a England-Jamaica history most of us can relate to when drinking it in mixed form.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum from Jamaica at 57% alcohol is no joke. Bottle looks very nice, color is surprisingly golden for a Navy Strength rum. Smell has a huge kick to it, but the taste test is surprisingly short and straight to the point. Well done Smith and Cross.
Most for good cocktails. A little hard to drink clean .. but not impossible. Compared to price it is good.
My favourite mixing rum when bold is required. It’s bold.
There is no substitute for the funk you get in this rum, but it's a little too much for me.
Hearty & Boozy, but there's a lot of depth and character. Some smoky, earthy, and almost peaty elements - lots of bitter orange rind/peel. I personally prefer something a bit softer and more rounded for an evening sipper but this was a welcome change. I can definitely see why this is being compared to a single malt scotch.
Many of these reviews say it's indicative of a style, but that doesn't mean it tastes good. It's hard to find words for how bad this rum is, but the closest I can get is that someone left pineapple juice in the trunk of their car for a week or two until it fermented. I've tried to enjoy it in different ways: straight, on the rocks (with enough to water it down a lot), cocktails, but I haven't been able to finish any of the drinks. I have had better bottom shelf rum and wouldn't advise this for anyone. I'm giving 3 stars instead of 1 because it is a rum (not just sugary vodka) and the abv isn't apparent (although I think I'm just detracted by the foul taste)
57% alcohol but it doesn't smell like it. The taste is however disappointing for me. It is not sweet. The bitterness is too much even with Sprite. I wonder if it would ruin mixes.
This is a truly amazing find. I bought it as a kind of personal dare. Find one of those high proof alcohols that only a masochist would pour down his throat. I got something completely different. I got to experience the fruity, estery aromas and flavors that come from dunder in the fermentation process. Dunder is where magical stuff happens in the rum world, but like sausage making, is something you just hear about but never look too closely into if you want to keep your lunch down. But that special blend of bacteria combines with alcohol and produces some utterly great fruit. Nothing else like it. Like a flavor bomb hitting your tongue. This is really potent stuff. If you guzzle moonshine like Jim Tom, you can certainly sip it neat, but no need to torture yourself. This will survive some ice or water, and will wonderfully add an enjoyable flavor kick to your favorite rum cocktail.
Very Jamaica in here. Good burn. Nice fruits. No Clouds man!
Mixed with Diet Coke and enjoyed the drink immensely as it came across and a touch of sweetness with a vanilla-ish twinge rack this up as another keeper. Its just hard to find very few bars carry it I found this at the bar in the Emma Hotel in San Antonio.
Strong flavors, overwhelming neat, sooo much flavor and depth. I love my Pussers but this is much more sophisticated. Just made the "Million" cocktail on the label. Outstanding!
Strong rum to drink neat however, as mentioned below, if you add a splash of water to it it tones it down a notch. Traditional Jamaican pot stilled rum with notes of pepper, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, citrus, toabacco and oak. Good mixer though for the price, their are plenty of comparable rums out their that are less expensive.
Un Rhum très polyvalent : très sec mais assez gras, superbe pur (mais assez violent, il faut le laisser aerer ) mais surtout indispensable pour booster n'importe quel cocktails ! En grog par exemple pour les longues soirée d'hiver il est génial !
Sadly the real rum flavours are overshadowed by the overpowering alcohol strength and burn from this one. No good straight, and just ok as a mixer. Won't be buying again.
Smooth with Burbon finish..great spice...loved the color...
This is unlike any other rum out there. It hits hard but somehow manages to be smooth. More of an acquired taste and getting close to some of the higher proofs out there. I love it. Cherry flavour and molasses
I love messing with overproofs in my cocktails and this one is definitely in my top 5. It's in your face and sipping it straight will make even the toughest shed a tear or two. One of the best uses for it has been in the Kingston Negroni out of Death & Co's repertoire, which is equal parts Smith & Cross, Campari, Carpano Antica (only Antica or a similarly intense vermouth can stand up to the Smith & Cross).
Medium amber in colour; leading aromas of woodsmoke, caramel, citrus, tropical fruit and spice; hot on the palate with flavours of burnt sugar, spice, citrus peel and oak on the finish. $40 can. Sounds like a good deal but don't think that I will buy it again
This is surprisingly easy to sip even though it's an over proof rum. There is a little extra alcohol and delayed heat on the back. The flavor is robust with a little spice, wood, toffee and leather/funk and is lightly sweet. The finish is lasting and a little whiskey-ish. I can see where whiskey drinkers might love this. Great for sipping and topping off your favorite cocktails. Lots of unique flavors here.
I believe it's a damn fine choice, but it might be a bit funky for most people. All the top ratings are true, you're going get a very funky drink indeed. This is a funkiness very similar to the Plantation Jamaica 2001, which was probably influenced by Smith and cross in the first place :p
Pepper, oak, cognac, ripe banana peels.
Un rhum excellent qui peut se boire pur ou mélangé. C'est le meilleur mixer pour jamaican mule que je connaisse. Vieillissement continental, goût typique Hampden et avec un degré élevé en plus qui lui donne de la concentration.
Le meilleur représentant de la distillerie Hampden à prix démocratique pour ceux qui veulent se lancer dans les rhums Jamaicains.
That's it. So much funk!! I ove it especially at 25 euros. If you like funky jamaican rum, buy this.
O, and funk.
Did i mention funk?
Flavor is pretty good. Smell is very Butterscotch-like. Drinking neat is a challenge...... it burns.... Feels like your esophagus is on fire. Fortunately, it doesn't last long. Mixed with coke it's pretty good.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice