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Recommendable to most
I was very surprised to find that this is a Hampden rum (I had heard others mention that it came from Worthy Park). It is outstanding, to put it bluntly.
When you're looking to mix and create the incredible tiki drinks of old, you need something with real personality - something intense and loaded with flavor (and without all the additives and sweeteners!). You need authentic Jamaican rum.
It is truly excellent when used for classic punches and tiki drinks. Try it in a Jungle Bird, or blended with an aged Martinique for an original Maita'i.
The "Hogo" can be overwhelming for newbies, but to the experienced nose and palate, comes across as layers of over-ripe tropical fruits caramelized in dark sugar. I can pour it into a snifter and experience absolute euphoria for an hour just from smelling it. Highly recommended.
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.
The blast from the nose lets you know quick that isn't anything that is a standard rum. The collection of flavors such as pepper, tobacco, sugar cane and dark chocolate make this rum something to enjoy in excellent cocktails or on its own.
Surprisingly smooth when drinking it neat at 57% ABV. Molasses, banana, vanilla, marzipan. Very pungent. This is not a rum for the faint hearted. The finish sticks with you for a while. Also great for mixing drinks, though you only need a little for it to make a huge impact on the drink.
No other rum does aged, funky Jamaican rum like Smith & Cross. It’s very funky yet very refined, smooth and balanced. It’s brand of funk is rich and ripe banana-like, not at all like a grassy agricole. It’s nicely aged but not caramely like a lot of other aged rums. This rum should cost a lot more than it does.
Such a cool rum. Really, really funky, lots of hogo, great in cocktails. I don't think I would drink this neat, but then again I don't drink anything neat. I use my rums for mixing, and this is one of my favorites. Makes great punches too.
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.
I don't normally drink dark/ barrel-aged rum, but when I do... wow.
This is the one.
A friend surprised me with this at a dinner party. Not only am I nice and sauced up, but the rum was also the best-spiced variety I have ever tasted. I taste cherry and the nutty-oak flavor of the barrel, drinking it neat (as always, right out of the bottle) . Swish it around first and take small sips, this is stuff that will burn your insides, not so much your throat...and knock you on your ass, ration this one sailor. Probably would be awesome for Grog or Daquiris if ya drink that.
Although it is a product of London versus Jamaica it claims to be pure per Jamaican standards with no additives or colors. Ingredients are listed online : supposedly it's only, "Wedderburn and Plummer pot still distillates from wild yeast, molasses, skimmings, cane juice, syrup bottoms, and dunder from previous rum run, according its importer. Before blended, the rum is aged for less than a year to 3 years in white oak".
If you know what you want and that thing is funk than it's hard to get funkier than Smith and Cross.
Like Laphroaig it's easily one of my favorites for its unabashed pungency. Shocking to the uninitiated and haunting to those who have sipped it straight.
Maybe not a 10 in the overall scheme of Rum balance and flavor but deserving of a 10 for what it does better than most and thats the dunder funk.
"Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice"
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