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Purchased a bottle of this from the Whisky exchange website after first sampling the 18 and 23 year old. Ended up opening this one for a sample and before you know it it's pretty much gone finished it off last night. Wonderful stuff and for £35 it's a bargain. Superb nose and wonderful flavours of smoke, oak and spice I believe this expression was aged in oak ex wine barrels
A marvellous 12 year old rum from the Dominican Republic, aged in American oak casks. A gorgeous bottle, and a rum to match its gorgeousness.Thick caramel and honey, with old oak and cigar box coming through clearly. Develops touches of candied orange peel and redcurrants later on.
The price is about right, but it's not as good as people are commenting. I've had better rums for the same price from other brands.
After reading all the reviews on this rum, I decided to try it. I was disappointed. The rum is thin, in that there's very little mouth feel to it. It presents an alcohol burn on the tongue that's not very pleasant, and the flavor is lacking. It could very well be that I just don't care for this style of rum. My favorite so far is Ron Cartavio XO which is very different. I do like a sweeter rum with more caramel and molasses hints. I'm sure this is a great rum for many people, it's just not my style.
This rum is pretty good. For me, there are some other rums I would rather drink around this price point, but this is still a very good rum. It has good flavor, and doesn't have too much of a bite. I am very interested in trying the varieties that are aged a bit longer one day, to see how those ones are in comparison. Also, I like the bottle. I think the shape of the bottle is pretty neat.
I like to purchase this as a gift for other people. It is a nice rum to expand people's views
It's like Diplomatic Reserva but double strength. It is easy to drink on ice, also neat but can be lost easily. Diplomatico gets lost in ice though, so I would definitely choose this first every time.
I found a bottle of this up in Cape Cod for $35 USD, and promptly purchased it.
Aged this long, it could probably be a bit smoother but other than that it is a very delicious rum. It smells incredible and the flavor is great on the front of the tongue. Again, it could be smoother at this age but that doesn't take away from the experience.
The flavor of this Rum changes every time I sip it. Don’t wait to taste it after you pour and don’t let it sit uncorked. You will get different flavors with every sip over a two hour period. Definitely the most fun for identifying component flavor. A great twelve year, not as single minded as say an El dorado 12 year and one to keep on hand.
A smooth, easy drinking rum at a great price. Also a good entry level rum given the nose and mouth feel at the low price point. Will always have around!
This beats Diplomatico, Zacapa and El Dorado in my opinion and that is because is not overly sweet like all of the others, its smooth and does not have all that extra added sugar. So far my favorite of the Dominican Rums!
This is probably the best 12 year I’ve ever tasted. Dying to try the 18. Very sippable. Great bargain.
....at my local supermarket and thinking why oh why don't they ever have anything of interest. And then rather surprisingly I came across this chap. As I was standing in the aisle, I cracked out the mobile app and saw the very mixed reviews. But even so, I was curious. I knew about K&S but never got around to trying it.
Its at the upper limits of what I really like when it comes to sweetness (natural or at least, with only a small amount of sugar added), but it is all held together by the burn from the alcohol that had me checking whether this was actually at 40% as it has a harshness to it that I would expect from say 46%. However it pulls together the sweetness, the vanilla and the toasty American oak (I have to say I am a sucker for American oak ageing). Without the hit from the alcohol, I suspect that this wouldn't be dry enough for me.
Soft, even with the burn, multi-dimensional with a medium/long length. I can see why this divides opinions, but I find it initially quite appealing.
I read some reviews questioning whether they are drinking the same rum as everyone else - I do not know whether the label is a "fake" historic one to go with the story or whether when it states Batch 021 Bottle Nº 7915 that is the current batch, but that is how my bottle is so labelled.
This stuff is awesome. Dark color. Very smooth and a sweetness that reminds me of dark brown sugar. Mixes well but can stand alone by itself. I’ve always used rum as a mixer, but this one makes a fine sipper, straight up. Definitely a top-shelfer. I actually found a fifth of this for $31.99 USD. A bourbon of this quality would have easily been $60-70 USD.
Bon mais je pense que le 18 ans d'age et le 23 ans d'age doivent etre l'exceptionnel que le 12 ans d'age n'est pas!
Rhum qui peut plaire aux non-initiés qui apprecieront sa douceur grâce au sucre de canne et de vanille....
Above average aged rum with no added sugars. Light vanilla with a spicy finish. Doesn't have the full complexity to be a true sipper, imho.
I really like the design of the bottle. A tip of the hat to the rum runners of the prohibition era. The rum it self needs a minute to decant. Then the nose is very nice. A good sipper or mixer.
Smooth and as distintive as diplomatico. A fine birthday present for me.
I got this for pretty good price, 30.
Its not bad but a bit flat. Flavors, are there but die fast. Ill use it for mixed drinks. Doesnt come near the el dorado 15 which is only 10 bucks more
Decent weighted bottle, lovely golden colour. Has a real feel of quality about this rum which I find very well rounded.
Enjoyed a half a bottle of Kirk & Sweeney 12y old. Very nice bottle design. Super thick glass. Label is printed on the bottle. Strong Creme Brulee like sweetness to the nose and taste buds. Slight burn at the taste test but not bad at all. Much better than the Kirk & Sweeney 23y which I scored 4.
Immediately out of the bottle (and what a lovely bottle) there's a bit too much alcohol on the nose for me to really discern much. Letting it breathe a little reveals light notes of vanilla, dried fruit, and golden syrup.
The flavor that immediately hits you is the bitterness of that oak, which gets balanced out by sort of a spiced vanilla flavor, with a developing sweetness. There's fruity notes in there, too, but certainly not as much nor as overripe as something like an Appleton, for sure. It all kind of blends into something approaching caramel as you mull it all over. What you're left with at the end is a gentle warm burn, with nothing else really dominating the palate. This is not a rum that wants to overstay its welcome.
In total, this stuff is simple, unassuming, a little sweet ( but not oversweet), and enormously drinkable. Seriously, this isn't my favorite rum by any means, but it has this trick where the bottle opens and the stuff just sort of starts evaporating. A very approachable drink.
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.