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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.
Molasses and pineapple notes with buttery finish with hint of pineapple
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!
I stumbled across this rum at a local seafood restaurant. It was not bad but not real special to my taste buds either. Not real strong on flavor, slight citrusy taste and maybe a bit oaky in the finish. I expected more from the way the bar tender talked it up.
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)
Highly aromatic, high esters pot still Jamaican rum. The smells and flavour are so funky and different what I have been used to. First Jamaican style tum so not sure if it is the norm. Bottled at navy strength so look forward in some cocktails as should hold up those distinct flavours.
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 :-)
Rhum qui ne plaira pas à tout le monde. Un nez génial, tres original. En bouche c'est plus décevant, manque de finesse, mais pas inintéressant. Pour moins de 40€ ça vaut tout de même le coup
Very sharp with a high proof to boot. Unfortunately the initial palate shock does nothing for the remainder of the drink. Sugar cane to start and nothing to finish. I was really hoping for more, best avoided.
I don't like it as a sipper, but this rum is probably able to give any Mix its stamp. Even if one would mix with motor oil, you could still taste this rum out of a cocktail that would kill you.
even when mixed with soda, it gives that warming feeling. Not my favorite, but it gets the the job done.
Nose. Vegetal and funky with lingering honey and chocolate notes.
Exciting and explosive on the palate. On first sip I was instantly transported back to my youth in the Caribbean. Fishing off the coast of a Caye, chewing sugar cane you just chopped with a rusty machete, drinking swill from an unlabeled bottle on a hot night. This is what it tastes like.
Exceptional in a Daiquiri. Demerara sugar, cold draft cubes, do it right.
Favourite naval strength I've tried yet. Great for Tiki drinks.
Nose: Very rich. Honey and Maraschino cherry.
Feel: Little Oily, followed by a sharp bite from the booze.
Taste: Not for sipping. Good funky taste I would expect from a Jamaican. Quite heavy sugar. Great in cocktails which call for a single rum as it carries lots of flavour as well as alcohol.
Presentation: A little boring, but clean.
Cost/Value: 38 CAD. Worth it.
nez parfumé avec des notes de gâteau. Une vraie explosion en bouche avec des notes pâtissières et de fleur d'oranger
This is a rum with a reputation. I think of it as the devil in a bottle...with a cork; it just burns like Hell. However, that flavor really cuts through the other ingredients, and ensures there's something to your drink. And, because of its strength, you don't have to use as much as other rums.
Here's my Hot Toddy:
2 tsp brown/black sugar
1/2 a small lemon
1/4 stick of cinnamon
2 whole cloves
1oz. Smith & Cross
enough hot water to top off an 8oz mug
Gran bel rum!
Complesso, molto intenso e persistente. Note eteree, speziate, di caramello e legno. Equilibrato.
Lascia un ottimo finale di legno dolce che non se ne va più, e quando se n'è andato, ne vorresti ancora!
Con i suoi 57 gradi e le sue spiccate note eteree non piacerà a tutti, ma è un ottimo rum jamaicano, autentico.
Ottimo anche il rapporto qualità/prezzo!
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.
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Style rum. Very very strong taste and flavour.
Not for everyone and very potent!
This a great mixing rum! it´s strong and it´s full of funky flavors. It boosts up any cocktail and is of course one of the staples in the tiki drink world.
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.
Almost feels like this has a tequila-like taste to it -- might just not be for me.
I love mixing with this, as the flavor of this rum can stand up to limes, sugar, and almost anything else you throw in.
The perfect rum for classic Jamaican styled cocktails. Heavy aromas of tropical fruits, smoked wood and tobacco.
A big mouth feel of leather, oak, sweet peppers & spice. A very long finish with hints of vanilla, molasses and rubber. Opens with a little water to reveal tropical fruits and orange notes.
Navy strength rum it IS. This mammoth of a rum has so much esters there isn't a cocktail out there that will tame it. The flavor will always shine through and this flavor is classic Jamaican pot still style. Although aggressive, it is a must try.
Smith and Cross Navy Strength rum review and cocktail suggestions by A Mountain of Crushed Ice