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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.
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!
Aged marvelously to bring out all the various flavors that make this rum such an enjoyable rum to sip. Don't mix it unless you don't have any lesser quality rums in your home.
Very smooth and tasty with little bite.
Way to go Dominican Republic and I look forward to trying your older siblings!
Smooth taste in an oh so smooth bottle. Great rum for sipping and will not break the bank.
Better then I expected. Smooth and good tasting. No sting. Might have to get a second bottle.
This is a rum I could drink every day, if not for the price (other reviews make me think this is cheaper in the US, but it's about $70 CDN where I live).
Very smooth very little bite on the finish. Such an easy drinking rum. I've only ever drank this neat, so I cannot compare it as a mixer. But, it's so good in its own, I wouldn't even dream of mixing it.
Easily a go-to rum.
And that is not just the glass. This is a well aged rum that is almost too easy to drink. Not too sweet but still has some of the sweetness of rum compared to an aged whiskey.
One of the best looking bottles on my shelf
Love the feeling as it as it travels tru your whole body
what I like about the 18 and 23 are the amazing nose and great flavor and mouth feel. This one is not as strong but still very enjoyable.
For me, this is a pretty smooth and satisfying sipper for a relatively low price of $33. I also tease this into killer mai tais once in a while. I always sip it neat and never felt the need for ice or dilution. A bottle usually doesn't last long around here. Its crisp with a little sweet oaky-vanilla and toffee, maybe some citrus and breath tobacco/leather/earthiness. Get some, and if you don't like, someone will gladly take it off your hands. The local spirits shop around here tends to got through several bottles a week.
As my title says, this is an exceptionally smooth and mellow rum. Has a mild vanilla flavor and a beautiful amber color. Absolutely delicious.
I was caught up in the reviews for K+S, the color of the pictures, and the write ups are always so "flowery", so I had to try this. The color when it's in hand aren't done justice by the photos, and I bet the 23 is even prettier. I was impressed by the complexity, the rich nose and the mouth feel, like a butterscotch candy. It has that taste, that I find so difficult to describe, that until now I have only found in Jamaican rums, like Appleton Estates Signature Blend, an almost cloying sweetness. I really don't like it at all in Appleton (even more pronounced in Wray and Nephew Overproof), but in this it's very faint and balanced out by the dryness and other flavors. I really like this, and if I saw it at a bar or someone offered it to me I would gladly take it. But at this price point I have others that like more. Definitely a must try.
So far the best I've had. Bought it for the nice bottle and was pleasantly surprised. Definitely a sipper, looking forward to trying the 18 and 23
I guess I need another go on this one. Maybe it was because of the sweet cake I didn't taste anything special - yeah sure it got better by time but that stupid sweet cake.
By now I will rate this one a 6 but I will be back on this one
This is one of the few rims I have come across that taste like an oak barrel. Not necessarily a bad thing since it doesn't taste like bourbon, but in this case it seems to overwhelm the natural sweetness of the rum. Had a very dry oak aftertaste.
My first taste of rum was in the Dominican Republic and it instantly became my drink of choice. 15 years later when I tried this rum it was like a coming home to that first drink again. I lean more towards a sweeter, sipping rum but this one is still near the top of my list. Traditional rum drinkers would love it I think.
I have yet to acquire a discerning palate as to the complexities of flavors in rum. I rated it and 8 but it very well might deserving of a 10. All I can say is that this rum is very smooth. No burn or long lasting after taste. I really enjoyed it. I first tried sipping rum in Nassau. Watlings Buena Vista was so smooth. I should have bought a bottle there, it is not available in the US. I read a lot of reviews of different rums on this forum and got some idea of what I might enjoy. I went to the local store and browsed the rums, most were well known mass produced brands. I came across Kirk and Sweeney 12 yr and I am glad I did.
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.
Rum 188 v zumu kořeněná a na sladla chuť.. výborný 8b
Got this one as a gift from friends - smells of raisins, has a savory oaky taste. I'm not getting as much vanilla as some of the others on here but it's definitely there.
I found this rum to have notes of vanilla , caramel with a hint of oak with a nice smooth finish. At the beginning is is similar to a cordial more than a rum. In a short time this has become my favorite beverage and I am looking forward to trying the 23 year old soon
I really like this rum. Good blend of of vanilla, molasses and oak on the palate. Could be a touch smoother on the finish.
I have only tried it neat and with ice. I paid $38 for my bottle which seems a tad steep, but within reason.
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.
Une robe acajou sombre. Un nez doux avec des arômes de canne à sucre, de vanille, de caramel et de fruits secs. De la douceur également en bouche avec un corps ayant du caractère avec des notes de vanille et de bois. Une finale longue et douce.
Im a mix drinker. I always mix my rums, sailor jerry, bayou, my favorite mixers. Welp. I just decided to poor me an open on the rocks glass and god damn i like it. Havent mixed it into anything. The bottle was sooo cool it cought my eye across the store. So i had to have it. How smooth it is going down it tremendous. I gotta say theres a mellow taste. You really feel the earthly-ness of it followed up by the cask taste. All around great rum. Its sweet off the staty and has a wooden mid taste a slight burn, not bad at all going down. And a genuine rum tatse after words. Very much a fan. Csnt wait to buy the 18 year ince this 12 is finished. Might just buy the 23 ag the same time as the 18.