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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.
Not a bad rum to sip but leaves much to be desired.
Drinkable but I am confounded by the high ratings for this overly sweet rum with a strong vanilla aftertaste. If you are into a spiced rum flavor without the spice, then this would be a good rum for you. But if you like a nice neat sipper, and you appreciate the true undertones of a traditionally distilled rum, this one is not for you.
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.
The rum is smooth enough to sip however the flavor of it is just different than most rums I've tried and in a negative way for me. There is a bitterness that I'm just not enjoying as much as I would like to. I won't be buying another of these beautiful looking bottles.
Update: I like some sweetness in my rum and this is dominated by bitterness. I keep tasting it but then I make a bitter face and say "blehhh" after every sip. I really wanted to like this one but I just don't. The bottle I got was on sale and I'm almost convinced it was a bad batch or something based on everyone else's reviews here. I will continue to revisit this rum and update accordingly.
Very (too?)smooth, a little sweet, and a nice finish. Somewhat base and it does not stand up to mixing. My thoughts have soured as time goes by.
edited to add sugar test results- 4g
I liked the 23 YO which was the first of the line I got.
This is thinner, and not as tasty as the 23.
If you are going to try this, go for the extra bucks, it's worth it.
Still a good rum
Again...suckered into buying this by the rave reviews on this website...Starting to wonder....
Smell: spice and burnt tropical fruit
Taste: spice and burnt tropical fruit with a war of flavors going on in the vanilla, allspice, caramel areas
Factoring for price and 12-year aging, a 5/10 is where this one goes easily. This is a rum with an identity crisis.
Am I drinking the same rum that everyone else is rating here? Virtually no sweetness, just a spiciness and too much bitterness which I assume is the charred oak. The finish is short and bitter. Luckily I caught this on sale for cheap. Hey, I really wanted to like this but it is what it is.
I wanted to like it more, but did not. On par with the Botran Reserva. No enjoyable aftertaste. Not a bad one. Just not a good one. Meh.
Dry with light notes of vanilla and caramel. Unfortunately, it has a disturbing and intrusive taste of wood that is present from the beginning to end. I've never experienced a similar taste in a rum.
I just picked up a bottle for the first time.
I have been drinking rum for quite some time now but still have middle of the road knowledge.
For me K@S is just meh, I found it was very bland in taste as well as aroma.
Very underwhelming across the board. The best thing about this rum is the very cool bottle.
Don't think I would buy it again.
Taste like the grass from my lawn . maybe its nust me idk . i wont try again.