Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum Review

Every once in a while, we come across a spirit that is raw and packs lot of heat. Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum is a style of rum that dates back to 18th century London. Made from molasses, the rum is distilled in Jamaica and bottled in London, England.

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum

Unlike many rums that are distilled in column stills, Smith & Cross is made from 100% pot still distillates, a blend of 50% Wedderbrun rum aged for 6 months and 50% Plummer rum aged between 1.5 to 3 years. High in esters, it’s bottled at Navy Strength which not only enhances the flavour profile but also means if it were to spill on gunpowder, it would ignite it.

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum Tasting Notes

  • Country of Origin: distilled in Jamaica, bottled in London
  • ABV: 57% (Navy Strength)
  • Nose: heady with alcohol at first, tropical fruit, pineapple, vanilla, spices
  • Palate: thick on palate with dark fruit, caramel, toffee, spice notes
  • Finish: long and very warming, notes of peppery caramel on the tail end of the finish

Comments: This is a challenging Navy Strength rum that puts hair on your chest. From nosing it in the glass to taking the first sip, it slaps you on the face. Hard. The flavour is young, harsh and a little rough around the edges but nonetheless very pleasant. Some may like to sip it neat but we prefer it in long drinks, punch cocktails, Tiki drinks or any drink that showcases the rum.

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum Review was last modified: April 17th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.