Smith studied to become a Chartered Biologist at the Institute of Biology in England. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology.Smith first joined Mount Gay Rum Distilleries in Barbados in 1991 as a Quality Assurance Assistant under then Master Blender J. Edwards. He assisted Edwards with the development of the brand's prized Extra Old blend. After a sabbatical from Mount Gay Rum, Smith returned to the Distillery as a manager with the significant responsibility for Research and Development within the organization. He applied his background in biology and microbiology to incorporate a scientific approach to blending, ultimately leading him to refine the production process for Eclipse Silver in 2007.
In 2008, Smith crafted Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection, an extraordinarily refined and highly acclaimed blend of reserve rums. Smith used rums aged 10 to 30 years to create the velvet-like texture and taste profile found in 1703, evocative of an aromatic Bourbon or single-malt Scotch. 1703 Old Cask Selection has since won numerous awards and superlative commendations throughout the world.
Due to his dedication and hard work, Smith was promoted to Master Blender at Mount Gay Rum Distillery in 2010. In his role, Smith oversees all aspects of the brand's new blending facility at St. Lucy, with a continuing focus on innovation shaped by years of experience.