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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.
Alcohol content overpowered taste for me. May try again using like 151. Pricy.
This rum is unlike most that I have tried. Very powerful on the nose (at 57% ABV) and has that pot still presence that I have noticed with other Jamaican rums. On the palate it kind of knocks you silly with strength and leaves you reeling as you take in the complexity behind the initial power. Lots to like there, some sweetness, oak and other flavors as well.
I tried it neat first and then with ice. Ice mellows it a fair bit, but I thought it lost some of what made it so interesting to taste. I plan on trying it with just a few drops of Spring water to see if I can find a good balance.
Definitely worth trying, but could understand if some don't enjoy it's outgoing personality.
The bartenderd at the Rum House in NYC introduced me to his home rum from Jamaica. The glass starts a little hot but you quickly get the feeling her. S&C neat or on a rock would be my recommendation. Sit back and sip slowly.
Having done a side-by-side comparison, I'm going to compare this to Hamilton Pot Still rum—my previous Jamaican dark.
- Cleaner, minimalist modern/art deco label
- Higher ABV (57 v. 46.5)
- Lighter in color (compared to Hamilton Black version)
- Less pot-still pungency; "brighter"
- Hogo is different, and less pronounced
- Banana and rotting fruit
- More on the palate
- Lacks burnt caramel of Hamilton
- More oak & astringency
In the Throat
- Both go down smooth, despite their high ABV. S&C could use a drop of water (optional).
- Both are fantastic. They are similar in character, but have their differences. S&C is dryer, stronger, oakier, and lighter in color and aroma. But the fact that is is as smooth as it is at 57% speaks well to its creators. I can see how it has become the gold standard for this style of rum. For me, personally, I'll opt for the $5 cheaper Hamilton, which I find a tad more aromatic and Tiki-friendly. (Note: Comparative findings are a result of drinking neat. Perhaps in the future I'll be able to actually compare these in a cocktail and see if I learn something new!)
I purchased based on lots of recommendations. I used the recipe on the bottle and was quite pleased. I was surprised how much better this goes with Lemon vs Lime. Its like an entirely different rum when used with Lime. Also has some good Jamaican funk, though no where near the
level of the Hamilton Black Jamaican Pot Still.
Edit: just made my first Old Fashioned with this. Ice and Sugar really cut the alcohol down. Makes for a very flavorful beverage.
The perfect Jamaican funky rum at navy strength ideal for tiki cocktails.
Awesome Jamaican rum. Amazing complexity and really the definition of Jamaican "funk". Some spice and plenty of octane :) Try it neat for the full experience.
Please, show me something better. And NOT something with added sugar.
I'm going to buy like 4 bottles of this next time I see it.
This rum has a lot going on and definitely is Jamaican. Have it neat and if you want a twist try some Mole Xocolatyl bitters with it - very nice way to end an evening
Wow! Intense flavor, in a nice way - I can't really peg it. Very smooth for an overproof rum - I cut it with selzer & enjoyed it very much.
This is easily my most used rum of my collection when it comes to mixing cocktails. It serves as a perfect backbone to citrus-spiked drinks and makes for the best version of a Kingston Negroni. This was my introduction to the funk of Jamaican rums which I hadn't experienced before.
This is an excellent pot still that is no where near as funky as some others. This has an amazing aroma of molasses and vanilla. The taste is amazing for an over proof pot still. I really pick up tobacco, vanilla, molasses and a slight fruity taste possibly pineapple. It does have a nice warm finish. I highly recommend.
I tried this when I first started my journey and hated it but last night I retried it and enjoyed it ... Plenty of Jamaica's love and funk in a strong rum .
Superb on its own. Heavy notes of molasses. Very much a Jamaican run. Wait, my bartender just made me a rum Manhattan with it. Woah. Try it. GAI (get after it)
Foarte spirtos (57%) pentru gustul meu. Totuși "on the rocks" se simt ceva arome. Un pic dulceag. Probabil în mix-uri se primește mai bine.
Desi este un rom overproof am reusit sa-l beau on the rocks, cu greu dar am reusit. Are o aroma inconfundabila, total diferita de ce am baut pana acum. Nu persista ca alte romuri dar merita pentru originalitate.
Could easily sip this. Good traditional jamaican, you can definitely feel it's navy strength. I have had better high ester jamaicans though.
Fles : 70cl met kurk
Kleur: licht bruin
Deze rum is gedistilleerd op het Hampden Estate in Jamaica. Het is een blend van 6 maanden oude Wedderburn rum en 1,5 tot 3 jaar oude Plummer rum. Resultaat is een hele zware pot still rum met een compleze aroma.
Met deze kun je fantastische Daiquiri cocktails maken.
I don't like overproof rum. I just don't get it. But, I have to say this rum offered more than just a hot burn and a fuel like after taste. This one is for a pina colada or something of that nature. I tried it in Coke and could not taste one hint of the soda except the bubbles! But with better than 151 or White overproof. There's actually a hint of a rum taste there, after the burning stops!
Molasses and pineapple notes with buttery finish with hint of pineapple
A bit too strong to sip neat, but absolutely fantastic in cocktails as the supporting actor (rum number 2). Try a classic Mai-Tai with Appleton 12 and top with Smith&Cross - I've never been to Jamaica, but I imagine this is what it tastes like!
I stumbled across this rum at a local seafood restaurant. It was not bad but not real special to my taste buds either. Not real strong on flavor, slight citrusy taste and maybe a bit oaky in the finish. I expected more from the way the bar tender talked it up.
I find this stuff rather unpalatable by itself, but blend it in a tiki drink such as the "Beachcomber's Gold" and it brings the cocktail to life. (I've included my recipe below)
1oz Bacardi 8
1/4oz Appleton 12yr
1/4oz Smith & Cross
1/2oz simple syrup
6 drops St. George Absinthe Verte
4 drops almond extract
1/4 cup crushed Ice
Blend on high for no more than 5 seconds and strain into a chilled glass.(garnish to your liking)
Highly aromatic, high esters pot still Jamaican rum. The smells and flavour are so funky and different what I have been used to. First Jamaican style tum so not sure if it is the norm. Bottled at navy strength so look forward in some cocktails as should hold up those distinct flavours.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice