Smith & Cross is a brand of Jamaican rum made at the Hampden Estate and imported by Haus Alpenz. Eric Seed of Haus Alpenz sought to recreate early 20th century Jamaican rums. With help from David Wondrich and Audrey Saunders (owner of Pegu Club), he created a minimally aged, high-ester old style pot still rum that in a few short years has become indispensable to lovers of the Jamaican style and a must have for cocktail enthusiasts.
Smith & Cross is made from about equal parts Wedderburn and Plummer type distillates -- these are not still types, but rather a measure of the amount of esters in the finished product. Plummer rums are between 150 and 200 and Wedderburn distillates are over 200, where most rums fall in the 30-50 range. The Wedderburn is aged for less than a year, and the Plummer component is aged for between 18 and 36 months in white oak barrels.
Smith & Cross is a bright yellow-gold color and clear. It has a delicious savory aroma much like Bananas Foster. It is round and full in the mouth, with deep spice notes, a honeyed sweetness in the midpalate, and a lingering tropical fruit finish. Smith & Cross is bottles at 100 English proof (114 in the United States).
Some popular cocktails containing Smith & Cross
- Wedderburn or Bite — Cynar, Jamaican rum, Lemon juice
- 'Burn Notice — Jamaican rum, Bitters, Ginger-Honey Syrup, Lime juice, Yuzu preserves
- Rest in Pieces of Eight — Cynar, Jamaican rum, Licor 43, Virgin Islands Rum, Egg white, Lemon juice, Ginger syrup, Demerara syrup
- Jamaican Amargo — Jamaican rum, Bitters, Lime juice, Orgeat, Egg white
- Allie Elizabeth Sleeping — Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Dry vermouth, Mezcal, Jamaican rum, Orange bitters