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Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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About Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum

Introducing Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum, a distinctive spirit celebrated for its exceptional quality, bold flavor profile, and its invaluable presence in the crafting of vibrant and exotic tiki cocktails. This rum is well-regarded not only for its tantalizing taste but also because it's a high ester rum, known for its funk and hogo - a unique, richly aromatic quality. Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum is truly an essential cornerstone for any tiki aficionado's home bar. It's not only about enjoying a drink; it's about creating an experience, awakening the palate to the flavors of the Caribbean, and impressing your guests with some cocktail prowess.

Little Known Fact

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum pays homage to the historic styles of Jamaican rum that were once cherished by the British Royal Navy. Its label Navy Strength denotes an ABV of 57%, a requirement of the Navy in the past because the rum would still ignite if accidentally spilled on gunpowder. Today, this rum remains just as potent, and just as essential, in the world of tiki cocktails. It has a distinguished lineage, originating from Smith & Cross, a reputable London spirits merchant with a legacy dating back to the late 18th century.

Tasting Notes

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum presents a deep, golden hue and a complex aroma that is a journey in itself. On the nose, it exudes vibrant notes of tropical fruit, brown sugar, and warm spices, a tantalizing preview of the sensation to come. The palate offers a full-bodied experience, with flavors of ripe banana, molasses, and a touch of smokiness. The finish is robust and long-lasting, leaving a warm, lingering spice sensation.

Cocktail Recipe Recommendation

Any rum enthusiast will tell you that a Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum makes an astounding Mai Tai thanks to its flavorful depth and overproof blend. But today, we're recommending the Jamaican Jungle Bird:

  • 1.5 oz Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum
  • 0.75 oz Campari
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz pineapple juice Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a mint sprig. As you sip, savor the exotic and harmonious flavors of this quintessential tiki cocktail. Fancy a different variation? Check out the Artichoke Hold Cocktail recipe.

Production Notes

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum is distilled in a pot still at the esteemed Hampden Estate distillery in Jamaica. This hallowed location is known for producing some of the world's best, most authentic rums standing shoulder to shoulder with other Jamaican rums like those from Appleton Estate and Worthy Park Distillery. This rum is crafted using a blend of Wedderburn and Plummer pot still rums, which are aged for a minimum of three years in American oak barrels. It's a high-ester rum that encapsulates the traditional Jamaican flavor profile, ideal for tiki cocktails.

Crafting exceptional tiki cocktails that will captivate even the most discerning guests takes a unique ingredient, and Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum is it. This spirit, with its rich taste and storied heritage, will transport you to the Caribbean and inspire your mixology journey.

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum is known to be a bit elusive, but fear not! You can order your bottle today from Curiada, the marketplace for passionate cocktailers, and have it delivered straight to your door in just 2-5 days. Let your love for unique spirits and flair for crafting cocktails truly shine with Smith & Cross, a tropical journey of taste and tradition.

750ml & 114 Proof
Last Updated: 01/10/2024

General Characteristics:


Size: 750ml
Proof: 114 proof
Main Ingredient: Sugarcane
Country of Origin: Jamaica

Rum-Specific Characteristics:


Rum Distillery: Hampden Estate
Distillate Origins: Jamaica
Source Material: Molasses
Distillation Type: Pot Still

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4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 17 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 15 Total 4 star reviews: 2 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
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17 reviews
  • Andrew C.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    I'm More Into: Cocktails AND Sipping
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Whiskey, Scotch, Rum, Amari, Aperitifs
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    One of the best

    For the price this rum is an absolute banger. Proofy enough to hold up in a mai tai or a flaming rum punch and even a lovely sip. All of that beautiful sugar caney rum funk with that butterscotch and sweet grass that we love from these kinds of rums. Absolute must have. I can't get this near me, so this will be a regular purchase from curiada

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  • ZEKE E.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    I'm More Into: Cocktails
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Rum
    I Bought This For Myself
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Rum!!!

    My favorite jamacian rum. Buttery with hints of banna. Perfect for mia tias

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  • Nicolo D.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    I'm More Into: Cocktails AND Sipping
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Rum, Whiskey
    I Bought This For Myself
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Excellent

    Great in cocktails, blends well with El Dorado 8y

    Best ForRated -2.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
  • Brian H.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    I'm More Into: Cocktails
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Whiskey, Rum, Mezcal, Gin, Amari
    I Bought This For Myself
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Funky & Delicious

    If you’re into Tiki at all, buy this rum. If you’re into rum at all, buy this rum. Makes a phenomenal Mai Tai, great in a Jungle Bird, and makes a super funky rum old fashioned.

    Best ForRated -1.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
  • Jonathan R.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 35 - 44
    I'm More Into: Cocktails AND Sipping
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Rum
    I Bought This For Myself
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    It's got the funk!

    When I just absolutely need that Banna funk in a cocktail I always reach for smith and cross.

    Best ForRated -1.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
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