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First rum I ever bought and still maybe my favorite.
Has a lot of vanilla notes. Enjoyable but not an overwhelming rum. Not much complexity.
The upfront aroma is lightly sweet, hints of molasses and vanilla. Fruity aromas as well. The flavor is smooth at first with a light sweetness up front. Hints of oak and vanilla with lightly spicy hints of cinnamon and dark fruit. A smooth rum that dries out just past the middle and finishes dry and lightly bitter. Smooth finish. Very nice sipping rum. A bit lighter in body than expected. Some comments about it being hot but I don't get that at all. I find it warming but not at all hot. If it had a little more body and just a bit bolder flavor I'd go 8 but it's a fine rum as it is. $42 in Ohio.
Edit 9/25/19 - On revisiting this rum I find that it's still solid. Hydrometer test shows little or no sugar added. Smooth as silk, lightly sweet and a perfect medium body that can be sipped all day. Light sweetness up front and drying in the finish. I this a very easy sipping rum. A solid 7 or 7.5. (Batch 4, bottle 218,856)
So far. The best. Sweet, vanilla, some little spices, very little alcool burn. OMGs is it ever good !! This one is a deffinate try but a bit on the pricey end. Worth every $. Just not a rum you drink often, it's a desert, a treat !!
This is truly a great rum i would recommend to any rum enthusiast. Just know this rum is on the sweeter side and the long aging has brought complexity to the finish. To me, this rum doesn’t have much of an oak note from aging. Enjoy.
Solid, typically Dominican rum. Good value at £40 a bottle. Better than the 12, not quite as good as the 23. Get a bottle.
An incredibly smooth rum with less sweetness than many. Notes of cola and vanilla dominate with a slight caramel note.
This 18 is delicious with a great aroma. It's a bit sweeter than I normally like. I will enjoy buying this again and will try the 23 year as well.. the 12 year was good too.
Same bad bottle for a cabinet, but even more delicious inside.
Color: 2/5. a bit boring but ok clear.
I have been a K&S Fan since first buying a bottle. This 18 did not fail to step up. Very well balanced and a true pleasure to partake in. Good price point at around $45. Great bang for your buck.
Smooth and good balance, not too heavy. It is good caramel, vanilla, buttercake with clove flavor.
There is only one problem. Cap is hard to open and close with only cork.This is not wine....
Not quite as nice as the 23yo, but still a very good drink with much of the same characteristics.
A little on the pricey side but I really enjoyed it!
Dry, nice burn with a very strong cocoa aftertaste. Taste could be a bit more intense.
Nose: vanilla and caramel. Taste: oaky and spice. Hardly any burn. Definite rival to the 23yr. High recommend.
I have previously had the Kirk and Sweeney 12 year, which I enjoyed and rated with an 8. I give this 18 year variety a 9, because it takes it to the next level and really makes a smoother finer version of this rum. Great flavor for a fan of sweeter rums like myself, and this version has very little alcoholic bite at all. It's very smooth going down. This is now one of my favorites.
...really, really good stuff. Within the Kirk and Sweeney family only topped by the 23 years old one.
Weak and strange flavoring. I don’t get the all the love for Kirk and Sweeney.
Sweet, smooth and a beautiful nose. One of my favourite rums.
Not strong, smooth and a taste of chocolat. I like it. Very good Rum. Price and Quality is excellent.
One of my favourites, strong but also smooth in the finish, vanilla and a little coffee taste with a sweet smell
Probablemente el ron con el mejor balance que conozco. Delicioso, muy frutado y mucha dulzura. Suave en nariz y boca. Uno de mis favoritos, y la botella con su gruesa base me encanta. Un regalo dominicano.
I actually like this better than the 23. You get more vanilla and spice flavors and scent. While the elder 23 I felt was smooth, but lost some of the sweetness and flavors...and was more smokey/Woody.