Smith & Cross traces its lineage to 1788 as one of England's oldest producers of sugar and spirits. This rum represents the distinctively flavorful and aromatic style that made Jamaica rum famous in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Smith & Cross is a blend of approximately equal parts heavier-bodied Wedderburn and medium-bodied Plummer, the former aged for less than a year, and the latter split between 18 months and three years on white oak. It is not a style that necessarily benefits from further aging, as the oak can dominate the fruit and spice notes within and in time dampen the aromas. These rums are famous for their notes of caramelized banana, exotic fruits, and spicy and earthy finish. This is old school rum, it delivers a tour de force of flavor and complexity that historically made Jamaica rum a cornerstone of many classic drinks.
57% ABV was the traditional strength required by the British Royal Navy. At this proof a spill of the spirits would not prevent gunpowder from igniting. The complexity and favor depth of this Navy Strength rum makes it a cornerstone of classic rum drinks, and the best Jamaican rum for providing the richness that punches and tiki drinks require. (from Smith & Cross)