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I've tried the 18 year also, which I also rate a 9, but I prefer the 12 by just a little. It's really tasty and a true pleasure to drink neat.
I like a good sipping rum that tastes like rum. Smooth, flavorful, with a modest bite to it. It's got to have a hint of sweetness to it, as that's what rum is all about. This one fits perfectly.
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.
Not a bad rum. A little on the sweet side and a little heavy on the vanilla but overall very drinkable and worth a try.
Man this is some good stuff for 35 bucks. It’s not really able to go neat or even just a couple ice cubes, it’s definitely on the rocks. That’s where you get the best flavor and smoothness, and it’s probably great for mixing with pineapple soda or whatever else if you’re good with a 35/bottle mixer. Definitely keeping with this, but the Kirk and Sweeney 18 is the way to go if you don’t mind the extra 15 bucks for the bottle.
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.
Poured neat, it has a light smoky sweetness with a hint of cherry on the nose. The first sip is delicious and fills the mouth with caramel sweetness and smoky oak. Very smooth. This is a great sipper.
Nice rum also but for the price I think there are better value rums out there. But don't forget this is very subjective. Some like sweet and some prefer the more subtle notes. K&S 18 is my favorite of the three.
Great bottle with nice flavor and is smooth in the glass. You will enjoy this rum. Lightly sweet with hints of butterscotch and vanilla with oak and spice. A little bit of almond and dry fruit also. Finishes quick and leaves fruity hints behind.
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 bought a bottle for $28 and would be willing to spend more after tasting this. Caramel, vanilla, and oak flavors with no burn. Good looking bottle also.
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
Hints of nutmeg and cinnamon in the bouquet. An oakey taste with a hint of leather and clove. A small bite at the end.
I'm not always in the mood for this one, but nothing else can beat it when I'm feeling introspective. It's a more complex animal than most. The nose barks of spice. Taking a healthy sip, there's a flood of flavors. Smoke and oak are most prominent. The traditional molasses and cane flavors are the base, lying underneath a dark and earthy layer. The finish is lasting and contemplative. This is the drink of a wise man with a long beard.
Gout alcool, nez épicé avec la présence de cannelle. Manque de finesse, sec.
Had this on the rocks. Mild flavor but no richness. Not bad but not a good value and there are plenty of better sipping rums as a much better price.
You can't go wrong with K&S. not overly sweet, very smooth. Try with a couple of ice cubes NO COKE
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.
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.
Tasting this was great. The nose is heavy with vanilla-extract followed by caramel, toffee, and butterscotch. After the hard-candy aromas come dried fruits like plum, fig, and a hint of banana. On the palate, there is notable dusty oak, followed by a hint of orange peel with a medium-long finish of baking spices like cinnamon, cardamom pod, and a wee bit of clove, but it’s the vanilla that lingers the longest.
Experienced this at a rum festival. It was really smooth.
Pleasant on the nose and has a very smooth finish to it. After taste dosnt seem to last to long but overall a very nice sipping rum.
Close to the scotch, dry and a lot on the alcool. If u let it breathe a while, Its a soft rhum without too many complexity but a bit expensive in my opinion.
This was maybe my 2nd rum for sipping after Flora De Cana and what a stellar drink this is. Big vanilla followed by sweet and a little heat. This was my favourite until I tried Zafrans haha. But seriously I let this rum sit in a glass for a few hours before consumption because I think it taste far better that way.
Until a few short years ago, I believed that Rum was mainly good for mixing with sodas and juices to add a little flavor and a lot of kick to a cocktail. That was until one night at Foundation Tiki Bar in Milwaukee when I was pleased to meet a bottle that was a game changer.
Don at Foundation and I struck up a ready friendship one evening when I was visiting the area. I told him that I was probably going to move to the Dominican Republic for work. He pulled a beautiful and heavy bottle from the shelf and asked if I had tried Dominican Rum. I had not, so he introduced me to Kirk and Sweeney 12 year old and with that a whole new world opened to me.
Perhaps I score the 12 a bit high, but to be fair, it is kind of my first love when it comes to the world of fine rums. I have to say that the 18 is definately worth the few extra bucks, but as far as I am concerned, one can stop there, the 23 is not much better, if at all than the 18.
The Kirk and Sweeney is not overly sweet and has lovely overtones of vanilla. It is smooth as a mink glove and is in my opinion, much overlooked.
Now, I have recently moved to the Cleveland area and alas, Kirk and Sweeney is not distributed here. I hope that they will find their way into our market because I miss them.
I have won over more than a few scotch drinking buddies with K&S.
With a toffe flavor I don’t use a lime. If you have had Pappas Pillar you are getting close to the flavor, but Pappa P has a stronger flavor. Not that good for sipping but I do use coke and lime with this brand. I would buy it again.