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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.
This smells like jet fuel. This tastes like someone force-fed you caramel and cherries, then threw a pineapple at your face. And the finish is just funkier than Uptown. For no discernible reason, I love it...
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.
Makes a very decent and strong daq, and a fun one to work in to punches. Hard to love but even harder to ignore its pull. Strong funky esters but a soft mid palate. You might wish it laid heavier in the sugars but then it would be overwhelmingly cloying all over the mouth.
This is some of the best value for money rum, I have ever tasted. I always have a bottle of this in my homebar! Great for drinking neat, and works wonders in all and any cocktail that calls for a rum with an attitude! Fantastic rum!
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.
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.
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
It's great at what it is meant for and that's in Tiki drinks. Straight? No.
edit- 2 years later? Well, damn if I didn't come all the way around on this one. Enjoyable with a bit of water, but I enjoy it most as an addition to fruit-based drinks.
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.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice