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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.
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!
I drank this "neat" and with coke. It was good and I liked it enough. Uhm it's good but that's about it for me.
This is powerful stuff! The nose is an assalut on your senses, bringing in lots of molasses and brown sugar. I like to drink it neat, but I can see that it is especially made to worj in coktails, with its strong smell and taste leaning towards molasses and being low on oak. Not a well rounded drink, but strong and kicking!
A very spicy, rough overproof rum. Great for cocktails!
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.
It's not easy to drink (not for beginners). Dense with a high esters number, heavy proof. Jamaican rum is a very particular and fantastic rum category.
Having trouble finding it in New York City right now. Little water opens it up. One of my favorite rums.
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.
Open it up with a drop or two of water-outstanding!
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.
Thid is my go to rum for sipping... affordable and very drinkable.
Found on a discount rack on my way to a camping trip. Really good find in retrospect. Shockingly smooth given its color in my personal experience. Proved to be a great mixer rum.
Intense, well made and fully immersive experience.
Classic rum taste (overripe bananas) with a lot of funk. Smells awesome. Definitely on a dry side but rich, fruity and complex. Not too harsh considering it's strength. Event quite smooth with a little burn. Extremely seductive. Very good straight.
Been hearing a lot about smith and cross for awhile now. Finally got myself a bottle. Really good stuff, made a great daiquiri
It has hints of oak, smoke and some fruit. There is some jamaican funk and bit of pepper
Finish is pleasntly sweet.
I like it a lot
Première respiration, j'ai failli revendre la bouteille, odeur de pourri.
C'est mauvais mais y'a quelque chose putain.
Au bout de 3 dégustations en quelques jours, une tuerie, incroyable. Pour le prix de 30€ c'est très bien.
Du coing, de l'abricot sec. Des arômes en pagailles difficiles à définir mais connus. De l'amande amère. Et tjs ce nez étrange entre les fruits exotiques et la mangue pourrie.
Je garde mes 2 bouteilles !
Put a banana in the freezer for a year. Then let it defrost. Add some hogo. There you go. Amazing.
Purchased a bottle of Smith and Cross Navy Rum and my first impression was the aroma which reminded me of the Appleton 12 yr rum, however at a much higher ABV. This rum at 57% ABV is too strong to drink on its own but on the rocks, it is delicious. No added sugar, a pure and traditional Jamaican rum.
First, I am most impressed with this being a blend without any added sugar and being so cheap.
The nose strikes you with leather, toast and coconut, cottonsedge, pineapple and cherry. On the palate, caramel and fried banana with an oaky finish and slight burn. Impressively long aftertaste for a decently priced blended rum.
You might need some experience with Jamaican rum to enjoy it, but even Captain Morgan can offer some of that funky fruit, just remember this is dry and navy strength.
Bit hard to go through, pretty strong to deal with.
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.
Wow, right off it's a nose full of ethanol but when it breathes for a spell I get caramel, hints of cherry and is that apple I smell? Leather as well. A big ester profile here.
Taking a very small sip at room temp and letting it coat this is not near as harsh as some reviews let me to believe. Lightly sweet caramel with the alcohol burn. Some solvent-like quality but not overbearing. Don't get me wrong this is not an everyday neat sipper for most but the overall flavor is full, rounded and a bit funky. What you would expect from some of the funkier Jamaican rums. Kind of like Appleton Signature Blend on steroids.
Okay, I add an ice cube and swirl it. The nose opens up yet calms down a bit. Smoother and less aggressive. As it cools down the body seems to increase, the sweetness comes out a bit and the funkiness lessens. This isn't half bad as a sipper now. Not for the faint of heart but not out of the question if you want an ounce of big Jamaican punch (as in a strong hit) in the palate! Not unsurprisingly numbing on the tongue and in the mouth but it doesn't blow your buds all at once. The finish is long and rather smooth once the alcohol cools and it has the definite finish of the funky Jamaican fermentation flavors lingering for a bit. Less forward than I would have expected but in a very pleasant and positive way. The finish is drying.
I can see this being awesome in the Tiki arsenal and really contributing a great base rum flavor to almost any drink requiring an over proof, or even not requiring an over proof. Reduce the quantity a tad and this could be great in a lot of the Tiki staples, especially punches, Zombies and even in a Hurricane.
This rum turned out to be much better than I expected it to be neat and just based on the neat flavor and aromas I can see it being fantastic in cocktails. This is rated high for a reason. It's great! It's definitely one most should have on the shelf as one of the basic tools of the cocktail. I give it a solid 8. At $29 in Ohio it's getting into the upper range of a great mixing rum but as an over proof you typically use a bit less of it and not in as many recipes. A good value in my book.
Not as tasty as Pussers. Sure it’s strong, but tastes good. Not as flavorful as Pussers or OFTD. Certainly a fine blend leathery notes. Blends very nicely though when you need something more subtle than Pussers
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice