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Beautifully done without being overly sweet. Made for sipping straight, an amazing bottle that was like 35.00 when I bought it... I also bought the 19 and the 24. I have yet to try the 23 the 19 was beautiful but I preferred the 12.
I did rank this rum as 10 because I think it surpassed the El Dorado 21 which I ranked as a 9. A 9.5 would have been my choice but not sure how to enter it as such on Rum Ratings. Thus was the first top shelf (at least based on price) I ever purchased. It was money well spent and still makes for the best sipping rum I have tried to date. Would love to try one I'd rate better.
From the moment you pick it up you know this is gonna be a great rum experience. The heavy bottle fits perfectly in your hand as you pour. Crystaline golden honey cascades into your glass. The first to last sip is a balanced, blissful. Drier than many contemporary rums, with lots of oak and earth. It was preferred in a taste test with friends against the 25 yr El Dorado... Total opposites of course, but for 1/8th the price, I plan to get more K&S next time I find it.
Second favorite run so far, the 23 year being my favorite. I would rate it 9.5 overall but with the price factored in I felt rounding up would be the best choice.
Price is weighed lightly in my rating. I paid $28 for a 750ml bottle, absolute steal for the price.
I am always in search of the perfect Rum to go with a cigar. The Kirk & Sweeney is my go to and the best I have tried. The price point makes it a consistent option! I like to pour it over a large ice cube and sip!
Nice amber color. Notes of vanilla on the nose. Smooth on the palate. A wonderful rum for sipping on the rocks.
Served over a chunk of iceberg this is hands down the best rum I have sipped on. Beautiful full flavour and a unique decadent aroma.
One of the best looking bottles on my shelf
Love the feeling as it as it travels tru your whole body
This is a great sipping rum which I like to have on the rocks. Very smooth, not real thick or sweet. Has a slight afterburn on the tongue that pleasantly reminds you that it is rum.
Great rum all around..vanilla aroma from the first pour until the last ..definitely a favorite can’t wait to try the 18 and 23 year aged..highly recommended
Outstanding rum. Very smooth with an authentic rum taste and no offensive notes. Works well for mixing but almost feels wasted. Great as a chilled sipper. For the price, you can’t best this rum, or even come close.
Very good. Recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails. It has a nice approachable flavour which is very easy to enjoy.
I have been waiting to purchase this rum for some time so when my neighbour arrived with a new bottle in hand, ba-bam! Very good rum. Light but with good flavours, vanilla, honey with only a touch of oak. I don't like a rum that appears to be in the barrel too long for the sake of "aging the label" to increase the price, but this rum was spot on. I recommend buying this rum, or at least mooching it off your neighbour.
Sweet and smokey, this aged rum has hints of oak and vanilla. This is a great sipping wine that could turn the biggest cognac enthusiast. One of my favorites.
Definitely a sipping rum, but it won't disappoint for the price! It's smooth all the way around with plenty of flavors. Loves this rum quite a lot! Worth it to find a place on your shelf for it!
got a bottle for my birthday. As soon as I popped the cork I knew it was gonna be good. It is Very smooth. This bottle won't last long.
Although I'm new-ish to rum, I already know this is one of my favorites. Not too sweet, and a more "grownup" taste. This is for serious rum drinkers, not to be mixed with Coke or anything that might hide the taste.
Very smooth. Rosewater and sugar notes. Very little wood.
Probably the best looking bottle on my shelf too.
Smooth, subtle flavor. Not going to knock you off your feet, but sits well on the tongue. Maybe too subtle to mix, but not so much that it's flavorless. Far from it. And as others have noticed, the bottle being so beautiful and classy just completes this as a great gift rum.
I was not expecting quality from anything unknown from Costco. Color me impressed. The overall profile was something like a smoother, most Zaya 12 yr. Some molasses up front, light oak middle, and a vanilla undertone. I'm definitely adding this to my short list.
It's a great smooth rum. No burn & very enjoyable. I tried it neat, then tried it with a small ice cube. I much enjoyed the rum with the ice. It brought out more flavors and was much more enjoyable. It reminded me of Plantation XO. I would definitely buy it again. $35 amazing price point!
Zaya is my absolute go to when looking at a sipping rum. Sweet, smooth, caramel. Kirk and Sweeny is it's mature brother. The sweet caramel is still there, but muted in the background by the "adult" oaky maturity and oh my god the smoothness. This is a definite additional MUST in my cabinet.
Picked it up for a reasonable price and haven't looked back yet. Strong but not too strong of a taste with hints of vanilla and oak...Haven't tried it in cola yet, something tells me it would be a waste to do so. But in a Orange/Banana juice mix it was superb,