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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.
If this was scotch I’d call it peaty... like an islay malt. Sinus clearing.
I tried this rum at a restaurant in Honolulu. I've been getting into sipping rums...only the affordable ones tho...and low and behold, the restaurant one! FYI - Hawaii restaurants are behind the ball in stocking decent gold rums. S&C had a subtle slightly different taste that I found exceptional. Hard to describe. I recommend trying it. If you're in Hawaii, go to Roy Yamaguchi's GOEN restaurant in Kailua (Oahu) for a sample.
This rum has a very unique flavour profile to just about any rum that I’ve had. However, the burn on this when sipping neat is far too harsh to recommend to drink alone. Would probably be amazing with coke. Worth a try and I’d give it 6.5 if I could.
Pure potstill rum from Jamaica. Love Jamaican rum and this one don't dissapoint you. Nose: classic jamaican scent of raisins and banana. Taste is harsh of raisins. Not sweet at all. For sailors or for those who prefer manly drinks.
Ce rhum est une véritable bombe aromatique. Attention, ne portez pas le nez directement au verre, les arômes sont trop puissants. L'alcool est aussi très présent. C'est un rhum qui déménage. Un accord parfait avec un carré de chocolat noir intense !! Il parait qu'il est très bien aussi en mixologie.
Pour le prix, une affaire !!
This rum is a true aromatic bomb. Be careful, do not take the nose directly to the glass, the aromas are too powerful. Alcohol is also very present. It's a rum that is strong and not for kids !! A perfect match with intense dark chocolate !! It seems that he is very good also in mixology.
For the price, a bargain !!
Nie do końca rozumiem co ludzie w nim uwielbiają. Brzydko pachnie, sztucznie. Smak....ok tutaj ja go nie za bardzo lubię, gdyż jest po prostu za mocny. Czuć mocno alkohol. Piłem kilka różnych overproof i najlepsze było to, że ukrywało swoją moc. Tutaj nie - tutaj czuć moc paliwa rakietowego.
Aczkolwiek mimo to wyczuwalna slodycz, co doceniam.
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.
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.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice