Distilled: Ever heard of a rum that tastes like scotch?

Jesse Tigges, Columbus Alive

Doesn't everybody love an alcoholic eggnog this time of year? Who wants a little dairy fat with their booze? The dude abides.

As I digress, and was thinking about holiday imbibing, I came across a rum - the only booze you mix with eggnog, sorry brandy fans - that's probably not best for mixing with egg and/or nog because it tastes like a scotch.

Smith & Cross makes one hell of a rum - that doesn't really taste like rum. Produced by British outlet Plummer & Wedderburn, Smith & Cross is yet another booze that claims to trace its lineage back to a time when people wore funny clothes. The recipe for Smith & Cross' appropriately titled "navy strength" - 114 proof, per requirements of the British Navy - is a Jamaican style "famous" since the 19th century.

While I clearly have no idea what rum tasted like a couple hundred years ago, it's fairly simple to describe what this rum tastes like today. Well, maybe that's not necessarily true, because I've never tasted a rum like Smith & Cross (not to be confused with stitch and cross, sad and lonely hobbyists).

This is basically a rum Ron Burgundy would guzzle before the evening news broadcast. In other words, it tastes like scotch (with the slightest hint of rum spice and the absolute minimal sweetness in the aftertaste, most likely caused by the high proof).

All scotch-y-ness aside, Smith & Cross is pretty damn good for a rum that doesn't taste like rum. Sipped straight up, or balanced by some ice and lime - add simple syrup if "navy strength" is still too strong - Smith & Cross will surely be in demand at this year's holiday party (and should make for some hilarious shenanigans, given its potency).

There are plenty of quality rums out there that taste more rummy - Zaya, Atlantico and Clement VSOP come to mind - which isn't necessarily my bag and have been a bit overlooked in this column. (New Year's resolution: drink more rum.) But Smith & Cross is getting the attention here, and deservedly, for being so outside-the-box.