Smith & Cross, Tradtional Jamaica Rum, 57%
The first imprint of rum in the nose is caramel and spice. The rum smells a little infused, even if it is not. Maybe it’s the spicy caramel notes. There is also mild citrus and fruit inside under the spicy notes. Banana, pineapple and generally ripe tropical fruits, mixed with brown sugar. The classic and rather heavy Jamaica imprint is a bit restrained here. But still present.
Complex, spicy, tasteful, exciting. Good acidity and freshness. Long depth of taste that lasts for a long time. You can taste and feel the 57%. But it is not an explosive Jamaica bomb and one should not be afraid to taste the rum clean, even though it is excellent for cocktails. They have managed to create a blend that embraces both the mild and the complex and light-hearted. It works well.
Everyone should have a Smith & Cross in their bar! Whether you are into the sweet, the powerful or something in between, Smith & Cross is not to be missed. It’s an allround rum in the bar.
Smith & Cross is distilled in Hampden, Jamaica. The rum is a blend of two different estermarques. Equal parts Wedderburn and Plummer have been used.
Plummer have an ester content of 150-200 gr./hlpa.
Wedderburn has an ester content of 200-300 gr./hlpaa.
Wedderbrun rum is aged approx. six months. The Plummer rum is aged from 18 months to 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels.
The rum is not chillfiltered to preserve the greatest possible taste. On the back of the bottle is the recipe for the two cocktails Million and The Doctor.
Here you get a rum that is affordable and completely excellent for the price and which is super nice in a rum and coke and insanely good in a Dark’N’Stormy.