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Old 10-06-2009, 09:55 AM   #11
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Loved it, everything a navy rum should be. AM DIEING TO USE IT IN A GROG!!!! Pot still, not overproof but strong, strong smell and flavor...might just be the best navy rum out there.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:33 AM   #12
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Default Smith & Cross: The new Navy Boss!


Just tried this magnificent rum from Haus Alpenz this past week at the NY Ministry of Rum Fest. It is rum candy of the first order, able, willing & ready for any high seas battle of the the bottles. I use to think Pusser's had that niche all wrapped up. Put this stuff in an old world decanter and it will be an instant classic. Age it for a dozen years or more and it will be legendary. Can not wait to find a bottle to go to war with! Long live the John Paul Jones and Horatio Hornblowers of the world!

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Old 07-01-2010, 02:19 PM   #13
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I just picked up a couple of bottles here in LA at K&L Wines, they stock everything from Haus Alpenz (which makes me a fan)

Wow, I really like this rum. I can't bring myself to make any cocktail with it yet because i like it all by itself. I'm planning on making some navy Grog's this weekend for a party but I will have to experiment first.

Now if HA can pick up an agricole and a demerara this good I could reduce my bar's inventory.

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Old 09-02-2010, 11:06 PM   #14
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The odd thing for me is that I've always found Jamaican pot-still rums to be good for mixed drinks only. I've always kept some Appleton 12 yr and VX on hand for cocktails-- they're essential in my book, but not as sippers. Major skronk/funk like Pusser's has always put me off. Smith & Cross woke me up and caused me to re-evaluate pot-stilled rums as more than mixers (similar to how Lagavulin and Laphroaig reset my appreciation of whisky).

Smith & Cross thoroughly cleaned my clock, like a Flannery O'Connor experience; it makes my short list of desert-island rums. If a case washed ashore while marooned on some lonely, god-forsaken coast, I'd think I'd died and gone to heaven.

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Old 10-21-2010, 02:34 AM   #15
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Hi all...

I just began posting on MoR and thought I'd chime in with a question here regarding the manufacturing of Smith & Cross: does anyone know whether the final blending process is done in Jamaica or in Britain?


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Old 11-11-2010, 02:05 PM   #16
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I wonder where can people like me not living in the US get a bottle of S&C? the one i got in New Orleans is almost finished and i won´t be back until next summer.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:41 PM   #17
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:36 PM   #18
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Hi Folks, I've just jumped the single malt whisky ship and ventured out on the high seas of rum discovery...

Have tried El Dorado 15... bit sweet for me and Appleton's 8 yo... not bad but have just picked up a bottle of Smith & Cross Jamaican rum at 57% abv... more to my liking and more like a cask strength scotch... anyway could somebody explain the logic behind this Navy Strength 57%?

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Old 04-04-2012, 12:48 PM   #19
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Picked up a bottle last week at Sideberns Fine Wines and Spirits here in Tampa, FL-- associated w Bern's Steakhouse and located at the spinoff "Sideberns" a few blocks away. "S&C Traditional Jamaican Rum, Pure Pot Still, Plummer and Wedderburn". They also carry Cartavio XO. No other rums. They carry 80 or so spirits most of which are not carried by any other local store (AFAIK). A small wall holds the limited choice of spirits: Ethereal Gin #4, 10 or so mezcals and tequilas, 30 or so whiskeys- mostly scotch and some assorted others.

The S&C is quite fierce! As a sipper straight ( mostly nosing it and taking SMALL sips) or a splash of water I find it to be a nice change- GF strongly disagrees. Not yet tried in a Dark and Stormy. In coke I enjoy the change- GF finds it tolerable.

Total Wines had a selection of Berry's from the UK. I think seven different bottlings of rums 7-13 yrs old. Got a bottle of the Grenada Rum 13yr.. Nice sipper- more like a scotch than our usual choices--Diplomatico Rs Ex. or ED 12 or 15yo.

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Old 04-04-2012, 05:26 PM   #20
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Try the Cartavio XO; it is very good.
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