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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.
It has 57% ABV and sugar aroma, with some agricole rum notes. With a bit of water the after taste develops into caramel, but the whole experience is just not worth the bother.
Has a burnt carbon ash peat finish. The nose is very strong with notes of green cane and strong vanilla. This is better with a splash of water or a single ice cube to temper it a bit.
I was very hesitant to try this authentic Jamaican rum for a long time because of some of the frightening descriptions in these reviews. This is NOT a rum for beginners and I am certainly not a beginner. So I plunked down $27 US for my bottle of this and brought it home today. It is blended in the UK, which has long ties to Jamaica. You can read the whole story on the back of the bottle.
When I broke the plastic seal around the cork, I was afraid to open it for fear of some awful smells. Instead, it was anything but that. My first pour was neat in the snifter. Aromas of exotic tropical fruits greeted me. On the palate was mild hogo and lots of burn. Hey, it's only 114 proof, so what can you expect? Adding a few ice cubes swapped out the burn for lots of pleasant hogo flavors. This is the way to drink it, on the rocks. Then I tried one of the drinks on the back of the label called Million. A million of what? Stupid name, but I tried it with measurements given to the nearest quarter of an ounce for this rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Angostura Bitters. Gosh, that is a damn good drink, but I would rather savor mine on the rocks and stick with no added sugars. Whomever said that dry rums are boring has obviously not tried this one. This one can also put any Mai Tai over the top!
The rum is a bit too strong. The flavor has a weird taste to it, but I can't put my finger on it.
Luckily I got it in a tasting packet, so only a small bottle has gone to waste.
Tasteful with a lot of strength and a lot of esters. scent of exotic fruits and spices
Sweet, honey notes, very smooth, no bite. I had it with diet coke, but I'd be curious to try this on the rocks as well.
This is a rum with sting! It’s very fruity and quite spicy in the nose and mouth. The afterburn is quite long and dry. If you should have one navy strength rum in your rum bar, this is the one.
Picture: My Jamaican shelf.
This rum is not to be played with...and for god’s sake don’t drive after drinking this amazing rum!! It’s not jet fuel but don’t light a match near it!! I first took a small sip and I received pleasure but also a heads up to watch out. I then tried it over ice with a generous portion of pure lime juice and that was a joy. I can definitely see this used in pina coladas and daiquiris.....BUT in careful moderation.
Overripe fruits, marzipan, dark wood and dark cacao. Needs some water, too strong to drink.
Oh ya man. Dis dat shot. Nasty strong hogo. Blow you back bro.
This is defiantly for mixing. Very strong Jamaican. As a novice tiki enthusiast, if I use this in a drink that asks for Jamaican you can defiantly tell it is in there. It will dominate a zombie.
Taste - caramel, bananas, leather
The nose has a hint of banana but mainly dark muscovado sugar and raisins with that classic fermented jamaica funk. It’s not very complex, but very nice. In the mouth I pick a powerfull oaky profile mixed with overly ripe banana and raisin fading into a mouth warming, fermented and spicy sensation. It’s a powerfull rum but still relatively rounded, especially considering the low price and high alcoholic content. Works both neat and mixed. Great value. This one never lets you down.
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.
Bit too harsh and lacking of sweetness for me. One of the more lackluster craft rums I've aimed for recently.
This rum is powerful - I couldn't drink it every night...but I could like to have it on occasion hahe.
I feel like assigning this rum a score is a bit of a lost cause. This drink truly doesn't give a shit.
The aroma is hard to pin down. There's a bit that's a little reminiscent of Appleton, maybe leaning a little more on the banana. I smell still funk and something not dissimilar from white wine? There's a good amount of alcohol on the nose, too. Not more than there should be, but a good amount. Almost whisky-like, all told.
The flavors hit you all at once, and I mean all at once. It's an experience. Smoke and spices, leather and rotten fruit, molasses, metal and fire. It's like you can taste the whole distillery. As you mull it over some of the flavors peter out and you're left with a long, medium bodied, bonfire sweetness, with a weird bilious undertone. The aftertaste is gentle and tastes something like rust and mango rind. Strange but pleasant.
I haven't tried this mixed yet, but I imagine something to give the flavors more space will be an adventure all on its own. This is one for every rum lover to try once, but I imagine once will be enough for many. Others might find themselves keeping a bottle in reserve to spice things up now and then.
Oh! And the bottle was an absolute steal. For less than Appleton's 12 year you get something both bolder and more complex, even if it ends up a little challenging because of that.
Yes it needs water to tone down the alcohol content from not only numbing the nose but the mouth also. Unfortunately the liquor store where I was allowed to have a small sample to initially taste wasn't enough to add water to for a second taste. Trying to discern more notes was difficult.
Saw this bottle high up on a shelf at a cocktail bar and didn't recognise it so ordered a double neat to try it out not realising is was navy strength. As soon as it the bar I got the very strong nose that made me a little apprehensive of drinking this without ice or a mixer but I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not a huge fan of either Jamaican rums or overproof rums but this was went down very well because even with 57% to compete with, the powerful flavour profile really comes through with enough depth to make it very enjoyable.
Upon my purchase and tasting of this rum I was convinced I'd made a mistake and wasted $30. The flavor was too bold for me initially so I tried mixing it with the usual suspects with little success since to me it always seemed to overpower anything with which it was mixed.
Tonight I discovered that the key to enjoying this wonderful spirit is to sip it with just a cube or two of ice added which tames it just enough to let its bold funky flavor shine through. Up until tonight I'd been wondering how I was going to get rid of this stuff, now I'm considering how I'll make it last.
While not as over the top as some suggest, it's still too much to enjoy on its own. However it's perfect for adding some punch to tiki drinks where the rum usually takes too much of a back seat to the other flavors.
Everything has already been said in the other reviews--great stuff, tons of flavor, tons of funk. One thing is, if a recipe calls for, say, 3 oz of Jamaican rum, it's not a good idea to use 3 oz of this. It will simply overpower the drink, to the point where all you can taste is rum. However, if you add a small amount this to a less strong Jamaican rum, it can work very well. For example, if the recipe calls for 3 oz of Jamaican rum, what you can do is use 2.5 ounces of the less strong Jamaican rum, and 0.5 ounces of this.
Wow, this reminds me of Appleton Estate 12 on steroids. Huge aromas of typical Jamaican burnt sugar brûlée and bananas with date syrup on the pallet. May not be a great sipper, but would add a big punch to your favorite rum cocktail.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice