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The trend for rums has very much been for light, smooth, creamy, and vanilla-accented (think column-still) which also, subsequently, has little flavor. But when you're looking to mix, and you need something to punch through and integrate with tropical fruits, spices, and sweets, you reach for a rum like this. So much funk... its wonderful.
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.
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.
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.
Not in profile such as smoke and iodine but relative in pungency. Im sitting down with the Mezan Jam 2000 another Wedderburn rum. The Mezan is at 40% the S&C 57% so a water back is on the table as well. In side by side comparison the Mezan is a far easier and drinkable sipper. If your brave and not faint of heart the Smith & Cross is part and parcel to what pot still funky ester rum is. Most folks are probably going to view this as a mixing rum. This makes a great Dark and Stormy and I recommend Reeds over Fever. Keep it real.
Like Laphroaig you have to try this at least once in your life neat. For me it's easily one of my favorites for its unabashed pungency.
Not a 10 in the overall scheme of Rum but deserving of a 10 for what it does best and thats the dunder funk.
Open it up with a drop or two of water-outstanding!
My favourite mixing rum when bold is required. It’s bold.
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
Let's start like this, whoever said they drank this neat is a lying sack of ship. I like bold rums, I am quite the fan of navy rum for this reason. Now this is something else. This is like seeing your good buddy finally get a girlfriend and she is Kate Upton, this is like expecting your first kiss and you get 3rd base. This is like falling out of an airplane without a parachute. Smelling the guy you get a bit of the appleton mixed with pussers type of vibe. Drinking it straight is like nothing else. You get sausage slapped in the mouth with so much flavor your mouth redlines and your brain even goes crazy. Basically you cannot drink this straight. Even in coke this is one bold rum that will take your coke out back, slap it around a few times, make it wear a dress and make it call it daddy. It starts like this, lick an oak cask, now burn your house down and snuff up a bunch of fumes, throw in some appleton/pussers blend and that is what you have. I would rate it 10/10 but it's so overbearing straight I just can't call it perfect. But holy goodness this is one you won't forget. Give it to a friend as a shot and watch their face.
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.
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!
You have to respect a label that tells it how it is. This is probably one of the closest rums on the market on how rum use to be. Most will not enjoy the strong flavor compared to a more tamed aged rum but all should try it to appreciate other types. I use this for some Zombie mixed 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.
This is a serious challenging aromatic put-hair-on-your-chest (even if you're a woman) pot-stilled rum, with about 4-5 times the ester content of most rums.
If you find Pusser's or Appleton 12 year just too bland for you, give this one a try.
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!
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.
definitely has a lot of single malt Scotch characteristics. malty sweetness, wood, hint of cognac, complex yet smooth (with quite a few drops of water). clean pleasant finish.
this tastes more Scotch than rum IMHO. I like it a lot. But if you are looking for the sweet/fruity rum taste, this may not be it. But I highly recommend to venture to it. For the price it is a safe investment.
Although strong (57°) this rum is perfectly balanced beetween orange peels and cinnamon with a great woody finish... Sip neat or on ice... Not for children though :-)
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
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)
Well, now this is a rum like no other I have encountered so far.
It's smells heavy and it taste even more heavy. Expecting a rum, the taste and experience is weird, at first.
But give it some time. It's starts to grow on you, like a fungus. You know you should stop it, but you don't. Will it turn out to be a heavy fungus, or a filthy mold? It's certainly a dirty drink...
Let the fungus grow on you.
Edit: Damn thing realy grew on me. Just editted my review and upped it 1 whole point. This is one dirty drink, I tell you that!
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.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice