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Although the bottle looks great, I was disappointed in the taste. Namely the lack of flavor. Letting it sit in the glass for 10-15 minutes helped, but wouldn't be a rum I would buy again to drink neat or on the rocks. Makes a great rum and coke but not the type of rum I want to buy and mix with.
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.
Was looking forward to trying this highly estimed bottle, but to me it's kind of a let down. It'smedium priced in Denmark, but bested by a lot of simerly priced bottles. It offers a bit of vanilla, dark chocolate and dark berries, but is dominated by somewhat bitter oaky notes. This is normally not a put down for me, but the balance just seem's off here. Could be that I need to try it again.
I visited my favorite liquor store in hopes of finding another bottle of El Dorado 12-year-old, which was the only vintage sold out. I then saw this highly acclaimed aged rum agricole for only $27. Buying it was a no-brainer. It is one of the smoothest rums that I have ever tasted with very little burn. As for flavors, all I can taste is caramel. Adding ice to it did not improve it, so this is a smooth sipping rum to be enjoyed neat. It would also put any gourmet desert dish over the top. In a mixed drink or even a craft cocktail, that would be unthinkable.
Update about three weeks later: After letting it sit for a few weeks with only a couple of snifters tasted at first, the flavor profile changed drastically. The intense sweetness was replaced by the smell and taste of wet leather, as in wet sandals or a wet leather belt. This is not necessarily a bad thing because it reminds me of fools who don't know about proper footwear on the beaches of the Caribbean. It's either barefoot, cheap flip-flops, or reef booties for snorkeling or scuba diving. The smell and taste is not over powering and this rum is still one step above the horrible Zacapa Solera 23. Bourbon oak barrels are known to impart a taste of leather, but it is always subtle and nothing this strong. Maybe the sugar brought out the leather smells. At any rate, I docked this one a point and may not buy it again.
Now about the bottle with multiple purposes. First off, it suckered all of us into buying the cheap rum inside. It is very hard to pour and needs two hands. Quite often, a nut cracker is needed to unscrew the tight fitting cork. This is without question one of the heaviest rum bottles that I ever bought. It would seem like the best bottle to bring onto the boat filled with complex pre-mixed tiki drinks that would avoid tipping over, but empty bottles of Papas Pilar or Pyrat XO serve this purpose much better. This K&S also happens to be a much better rum than those other two bottles just noted.
This was my very first review for Rum Ratings and this bottle was purchased after reading many of these reviews. Plantation Pineapple reviews are what lead me here in the first place.
Update May 7, 2019: For those of you who still have the old bottles of K&S with them being widest at the top, KEEP THEM as they will soon become collector's items!!! The new bottles are totally round and look like rum versions of Chambord Liqueur. I kid you not! I at first criticized my bottle of K&S 12 as being hard to pour and needing two hands. At least the cork fits tight and the bottle is unlikely to spill on a rocking boat out to sea! After having a lot a very bad rum bottle designs, those original K&S bottles are for keeps! Hang on to them.
Either my palate needs work (which definitely could be the case) or there's something else going on, but i found this one unremarkable. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great, just middle of the road. I want my rum to bring back the old seafaring days and be memorable. This one missed.
I found the shape of this bottle and the story behind the name Kirk and Sweeney intriguing and that was honestly the reason for my purchase. I just hoped that the liquid inside was just as interesting. I have to say after finishing the 750ml bottle, it left me a bit disappointed. The first thing I noticed about this rum was how weak and watery it felt in the mouth. No kick so to speak. The flavor is not bad at all it's just that I couldn't find much of it. My opinion is that $54.00 is too high of a price to warrant another purchase. There are many rums in this price range that I enjoy so much more. To me this is a middle of the road rum. Nothing offensive, but nothing outstanding either.
Beautiful color, nice bottle. Fairly dry with a persistent note of a not-so-pleasant wood taste.
For people who find a peaty scotch comforting. It's not what I expect from my rum. Now what to do with a barely used bottle of rum.
This rum just doesn't work for me. On the nose, there is a good bit of vanilla, oak, and a touch of honey. On the tongue however, it is a different story - hot, peppery, heavy alcohol, somewhat bitter. I want my evening dram to put a smile on my face, but this one makes me feel more like I have just been mugged (politely and professionally mind you, but still mugged). Goes great over my mom's homemade biscotti however.
Big oak...raw, uncut sugar...cocoa de maracaibo, roasted peanuts with a caramel glaze tossed in sea salt, heavily toasted coconut...vanilla, eggs, and nutmeg come together to form a creamy bread pudding. The understated nose leades to a more revealing palate with matching notes and undertones of fried plantains, key lime zest, blood orange juice, kumquats, black carrots, acacia honey and alfalfa sprouts. It does lack balance and is oak dominant, and attempts to make up for it (with marginal success) by offering a smorgasboard of high quality, nuanced flavors-- both complex and challenging to discern. Lovely finish of good length, light-- but not thin: fresh sugar cane (bottoms of the cut tops), clean rain water, sweet tangy raspberry, vanilla, dairy cream, mild golden tobacco with undertones of blueberries and strawberry rhubarb. Mouth feel is supple and creamy, juicy then tannic. Aged well, this rum is nicely mellowed by the oak-- having virtually no burn. Please note: this is a Dominican rum-- grown, distilled, and aged entirely in the Dominican Republic (those who know Dominican soil can attest!)...it is only BOTTLED in the USA... (sourced from Santiago de los Caballeros, D.R.). For under $35, I recommend to those looking for a rum that is heavy on charred oak imparts. My unbiased score is a 6...however I love heavily oaked rums, so my biased score is an 8! :D (I don't often give 9s or 10s).
but leaning more into the sugar realm. The sweetness hits me up front on the nose, caramel and toffee and right away on the tongue. Pared with a mandarin orange brought out a nice chocolate note. At times on its own I get a bubblegum flavor. Dries out in the finish when the alcohol takes over and lingers.
Hard to complain at this price point and a safe bet for the timid. Just not that interesting.
Beautiful bottle. Blend of rums. A bit hot and confusing flavor.
I love the bottle and the story about the brand name is great for marketing. I paid about $30 for the bottle, but for other rums in this price point, I found this to lack depth and complexity even at a $30 pp. The flavor was simple and it lacked sweetness. On a positive note, it worked well in a Mojito, and did not alter the flavor like a darker rum normally does. Wouldn’t buy this again.
Very strong smells of vanilla, oak and toasted marsh mellow.
Very strong oak taste for only being 12 years old. I also taste tons of Vanilla and some mild spice.
Not bad but not on my top shelf.
Maybe it's me...but I detected very little aroma, either from the bottle or glass, and very little flavor when I tasted it. Two good-sized pourings later, and I'm still waiting to taste some rum. There are hints of vanilla and oak - pretty standard stuff these days - but nothing remarkable. Smooth is one thing, but this stuff is practically invisible. A good "practice" rum for newbies. I paid $22 for the bottle (which itself is obnoxiously squat and awkward to hold). All in all, not my favorite by a long shot.
Not one of my favorite rums, will probably use it more for a mix in the end. Bit too pungent and strong in the throat... But it does look nice in the cabinet!
This is a less sweet rum than I'm used to. Seemed harsher on the palate, than my go to rums, Zaya and Zacapa, but In retrospect I think it's the style. Mixes well.
A solid, if run-of-the-mill sipping rum. Typical flavors of caramel and vanilla. Balanced sweetness. A solid, if run-of-the-mill sipping rum. Typical flavors of caramel and vanilla. Balanced sweetness. Will update if I get another chance to try it.
Update 11/17: This was one of the first aged rums I tried. Since then I've tried well over a hundred other rums, and I re-tried this one. It's fine, but after a few minutes of breathing it releases very strong vanilla notes. It's not bad, but it does seem artificial and a little unbalanced. I'm wary.
Good for beginners, less so for aficionados. Nice presentation, but difficult to pour. Great for mixing!
I had a tasting of K&S a while back at a liquor store and thought it was pretty good, but I'm thinking now it must have been the 18 I tried, because this was simply not as good as I remember. This rum has a lot of good elements, but they just do not seem to work together very well, and the balance just isn't there. The oak over powers the other flavors, which gives way to a bitter finish, with a bit more alcohol burn than there needs to be in rum of this price point. Certainly not a bad rum, but not a great rum, especially considering it's price.
I purchased this because of all the rave reviews. It’s good, but it isn’t mind-blowing. Balanced, very smooth, but rather light-bodied, fairly plain, and not much in the way of depth or complexity. Lightly fruity, some light wood character, and a dryish, vanilla finish. It’s a pleasant, light, easy-going sipper but I wouldn’t call it great, reviews here are kind of surprising? I expected a little more out of a 12 yr rum with an average of 8/10 rating.
Side note: Fancy packaging doesn’t impress me, in fact - quite the opposite - it makes me suspicious that the product isn’t that great. Maybe I should have thought about that. Also, this bottle sucks to pour! Bad design.
I’m Irish and from a navy town. I can down a bottle if rum in 2 hours if it’s good. This rum took me weeks to get through. Just burns without a reward. If you like cheap whiskey or lighter fluid you may like this rum
EDIT: I'm finishing off the final bottle and wanted to give it another go. I added some water this time to try and open up the flavor. Definitely a bit better than the first go. I'm still getting an odd mix of flavors and the bitter taste is still there which I'm not sure if coming from the oak or a possible dried fruit. I wonder if they tried to put too much complexity into this. I think letting it sit longer may be the secret to this. The strong alcohol and vanilla is slowly turning into banana (laffy taffy). Will update later with my final conclusion, but I did give it another star.
First: Opening up the bottle was definitely not what I expected it to be. Alcohol with a faint sweetness. What did I buy?! Once poured, a tinge of vanilla mixed with a slight molasses under tone.
First Taste: Alcohol, vanilla, burn. Somebody said dried tropical fruit. Is this a Jaimacan? No...wait...bitter, sour...pepper?
Sitting in a rocks glass for 5-10 minutes: Bloom of vanilla...taste...pepper, alcohol...bitter after taste.
Honestly, at this point, I am not a fan. Nothing about this rum makes me want to come back. Was looking at the 18Yr...I'm going to pass. I'm not sure what the big deal is about this rum. Maybe I prefer a bit sweeter rum? I find the character hard to pinpoint. It feels like it's lost between Barbados and Jamaica. I may try adding a bit of sugar to it. Maybe some water or ice. I do compliment the bottle though. Very nice presentation. Looks wonderful. For comparison sake, I'm using Mt. Gay XO and Pilar 24 as the competition.
New to sipping rums, but a reasonable rum for the $30 at PA state stores. Bottle is nice. Drinking out of a whiskey glass. Nose is somewhat flat but taste is fairly smooth for the age with only mild alcohol burn. Hints of butter toffee and not overly sweet. A touch of raisin and minimal oak? Could use a bit more depth but for the price worth a try. Zafra 21 year got me started and this is not as complex.
Bought this on the recommendation of a rum friend who thinks it's the best of the 12/18/23. I found it a bit light and artificial and prefer the depth of the 23 personally.