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The sugar trade was a cornerstone of the British Empire and in 1802 London's West India Docks, was built solely to process the vast amounts of sugar and rum arriving from British colonies and particularly Jamaica.

For generations England was Jamaica's best market for rum and for this reason the world went to London to source the finest products.

Smith & Cross can trace its lineage to 1788 laying claim to being one of England's oldest producers of sugar and spirits.

Over time, the firm and its partners became prominent handlers of Jamaica rum, with extensive cellars along the banks of The River Thames.

Throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century, Jamaica Rum became revered for its deep, full flavours and pleasing aromas. It was not until the 1950s that the more familiar light and sweeter styles were introduced.