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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.
Very smooth and easy to drink. I am impressed with all the Kirk and Sweeney rums, and they won't break the bank!!
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.
Very nice rum. Not as sweet as some of the other popular brands such as Diplomatico, Zacapa and Zaya. Well balanced and smooth.
Great looking bottle and back story to this rum. I bought this bottle for my son for Christmas 2017, and he offered me the first sip. Hints of vanilla and toffee when it was first opened. The toffee flavour continue with every taste. A great rum overall. Merry Christmas Son!
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.
Great caramel color, and caramel nose to follow. Amazingly smooth with a hint of sweetness and vanilla undertones. Very nice!!!
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.
Found this in my local Rio Getränkemarkt recently and gave it a try - tastes a little raw for a 12-year old, but has a decent colour and structure/legs, and I do like the bottle shape I have to say. Would buy it again, but there are better out there.
Sweet, but not too sweet. I like it. Aaaaaa
Tastes of vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Well balanced. Not too sweet, not too dry. Great sipping rum!
I my rum a little sweeter though. But worth the price.
Very nice sipping rum. It has what tastes to me like maple syrup flavour within it. Very little burn. Overall very nice 8/10
Stunning cool bottle. But when you put your nose to it there is a not much aroma. A hint of brown sugar in a oaky note. Palate is a thin taste of lemon and exotic fruits. An ok rum but not much more. You can find better rums for the price of this one.
Had this for the first time just a coupe of years ago and it is just really nice. This is another rum that won't break the bank. Great color and taste.
Decent enough rum with a good round flavour but for the price it's not too smooth and is fairly harsh on the nose.
Big body, still smooth, with a long vanilla finish Not bad but not on my top shelf
Took a chance on this one as I had never heard of it, and I am glad I did. A bit dry at first, but the oak notes mellow into a cocoa finish that lingers on the tongue. A really great overall drink and a smooth sipper,over an ice ball.
This is an excellent rum. When I was given a bottle of this I was skeptical but it blew my socks off. It has character and complexity, is a great sipper and a great cocktail component (I'd save it for the former). The best thing about it though is that it's unique. It has it's own taste and it does it well. It's not interested in the race to the sugary bottom that diplomatico, el dorado etc are doing. Get some! You won't regret it. (UNLESS, you love sugar beyond all other things in rum)
Classified as a spiced rum, but it is barely sweet. One of the best rum I tasted so far! Found it for 34$ so it definitely is the best one by far for the price.
Kirk and Sweeney was a real surprise. It is a very smooth and light sipping rum. Excellent starter for someone inexperienced in pure rum tasting.
Great rum for a great price. Love the bottle and the rum is very smooth. Too bad it's gone already!
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.
This Rum was recommended by the manager of one of our stores and it was on sale. Very satisfied with the taste, one of my favorite sipping rums.