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Any rating lower than a 9 for this rum is nonsense! It's a godsend...and King of the Agricoles!

Oak, vanilla, and caramel are the dominant flavors with hints of brown sugar, molasses and maple syrup. The nose is almost candy-like. It finishes like silk, smooth and luxurious with no bite at all and with a pleasant tobacco note. This is not a hot or spicy rum and despite its 23 years in a barrel the conspicuous tobacco note is not burnt or foul tasting, more like a very well maintained high quality cigar. It has a deep cherry wood color and a thick, rich body that sticks to the glass. This rum needs to breathe a bit before drinking, I say at least a half hour. The next day I chilled it in my freezer and it was amazing, more candy like.

This is a sipping rum and I know its not the smartest thing to do with a rum such as this but if you add it to Coke you'll have Vanilla Coke with a kick! I'll be buying this rum again next week... I'm glad to have taken this one off my wish list. For $42 a bottle this rum is actually under priced!

Edit: I've always said the best way to really get into a rum and discover its character is to get hammered off of it! I did that this weekend. I woke up and there was that beautiful tobacco note lingering in my nose and the taste of vanilla beans in my mouth. Then, three hours and two Gatorades later I got out of bed. Yes, this is a very fine rum...but it delivers a crippling hangover! Play with caution.

This is a delicious rum from start to finish. Somewhat sweet with nice butterscotch tones to it. Does make my tongue tingle. This has joined Vizcaya VXOP & Plantation XO 20th Anniversary as my official sipping rums. I place this third in line because although I would be hesitant to use this in Coke Zero or as a mixer, the butterscotch and toffee undertones would really be an asset. So consider this a hugely delicious versatile rum.

Found a bottle of this recently. It is thee best drink I've ever had. Let it breath for 15-20 minutes. It is similar to the 12 year old, which I reviewed as my "new go to," but the flavors are more incredible, it's smoother, and it is a beautiful rich mahogany color. It is slightly but not overly sweet. There are hints of oak, vanilla, tobacco, banana, and other fruits. I prefer it with ONE ice cube, which I won't call on the rocks, but giving full disclosure. It is hard to find, but if you can find it buy it. If I could have 3 oz of this every night I would consider myself in heaven.

Sugar: 2 to 5 gpl. The 23 year old is sweeter, more complex and is a darker tone of mahogany than the 12 year old. The 23 has a lot more aroma and taste with a much longer finish. You can tell from the smell and taste that is has spent a lot more time in the barrel. Molasses, pecans, caramel, vanilla, and plums or apricots, are tastes and smells that I found. The surprising thing is that the 23 year old is just a few dollars more than the 12 year old, but. Skip the 12 year old and go for the 18 or the 23 year old version. Personally I prefer the 18 year old version.

Ce rhum est vraiment cher a l'achat au Quebec, acheté a l extérieur du pays. Ce rhum vraiment est excellent. Meilleur que le 18 et le 12 ans oui, mais la différence pour le prix ne vaut pas la peine. Meme si je ne suis pas un fan des rhums agricoles celui-ci surpasse mes attentes. Il est bien balancé et complexe. Il goûte le caramel, miel, amande et vanille. Il est complexe et long en bouche. On ne goûte pas trop le chêne comme son frère 12 ans.


K&S 23 is my absolute favorite rum so far. You won't find anything as deliciously complex at this price point (~$55). I'm traditionally a bourbon drinker, but this bottle called to me one day and opened up another world. Toffee, oak, tobacco, dried fruits, caramel, mild's got it all. The finish is long and velvety smooth and leaves a smile on your face every time. No ice, no water, and definitely no mixer needed. The following rums are comparable in price point but no where near as good: Zafra 21, El Dorado 15, Ron Zacapa 23, Brugal 1888, Rhum Barbancourt 15, Flor de Caña 18, and a bunch of unforgettables.

Was looking forward to this having tried the 12 and loved it. The taste was beyond good, the reason I didn't give a 9 is that is had a more harsh finish than I would have expected, sipping it neat and rocks Guess what though, still finished the bottle. Found a local store selling it for $40, $7 less than I paid, so I'll be getting it again

. . . It's so close in taste and quality to the 18 year. Don't pay a lot more for this than that but if you're only talking a couple bucks difference then sure. This is a great rum. I gave the 18 year a 9 by rounding it up from 8.5, this is probably a true 9.

it was definitely on my wishlist, my friend managed to deliver it at last through

As we opened the bottle,we had high expectations.The rum is very hyped and not existent in shops in Europe.
First we thought we have a dram of a Quater-cask whisky,but not of a good kind. Bitter,almost not enjoyable.We thought it's a faulty batch,or the cork was maybe too old and too much air destroyed the aromas.
But we sought a 2.chance,fairly. So we let it breathe for a hour or so. And voilá- the horrible bitter oak vanished and a true great Dominican appeared. Caramel,molasses,christmas spice on the palete,the oaky bitterness was present but formed a good unity with the other aromas. So this is maybe the first rum i tasted which really changes a lot after breathing.The rating of 7 is because of the first disappointing experience,else it would be a strong 8

The aroma was even better than the flavour....ok nearly. Silky smooth with banana, vanilla and butterscotch. A saver for special moments.

I was super impressed by the Kirk & Sweeney 12 Year Rum, so I bought their 18 and 23 year rums. Those are even better! What's more impressive is that they are both primarily based on sugarcane (agricole), which I've never cared that much for before these. The 18 is pretty close to the 23 in taste; in fact they're almost equal. The 18 is just a bit sweeter, while the 23 tastes just a bit more aged (much like the difference between the El Dorado 15 and 21). I like both sweet and aged, so I'm torn between the two. I'll give the 18 a very slight edge over the 23, just like I give the ED 15 a very slight edge over the ED21. But I definitely believe they are both very good. Vanilla, sugarcane, caramel, nutmeg, oak, and just a hint of sherry. The nose is incredible. You've GOT to try these!

The cork is not exactly "tight", so it could be the reason for the weird taste. It tastes weak and dilluted. Otherwise very similar to Solera style rums, despite being made from cane juice.

Tobacco and prunes, with a zesty kick of lime and Sherried orange peel.
very similar to the Millionario Rum
very sweet and without a particular original flavor
but a good Rum

tried this first sip and didnt really care for it.

then i heard on the site to let it breath for a bit and voila... fantastic. i didnt really think that small step could make such a difference.

This is by far the best rum I've tasted. Its not too sweet. Tastes of caramel, and vanilla. I buy the Kirk and Sweeney 18 frequently and its a great rum, but there is some batch to batch variability. The 23 taste more mature and balanced.

Very good rum, well balanced just lightly sweet. There is little bitterness in the middle, but continues to longlasting aftertaste which is more sweeter

Yes! Excellent flavor with notes of vanilla and toffee. Incredibly smooth and great as a sipper. I'm making a point of keeping this in hand always.

Very well balanced and smooth flavorful with aged oaky finish. I really enjoyed this rum but like the 18 more which has more pronounced vanilla and flavors to me

This was the first aged rum I bought. I thought it was really great. After drinking half the bottle I’m not so sure. It’s a very nice rum. Smooth, not too sweet. Not a lot of hang time though. I’m givin’ it a hard 8 if it’s really made from cane as they claim.


Long a fan of the Kirk and Sweeny 12, I had high expectations for the 23 year. While priced substantially higher ($44 for the 23 vs $27 for the 12 year), this once again proves that neither age nor price make a good rum.

Side by side with the 12, the 23 is quite a bit darker. It certainly smells much older. Almost damp and cellar-like. It has much darker woodsy notes, a bit of chocolate, and a bittersweet note. It lacks the bright vigor and fruity notes of the 12 year. The 23 has a more acidic note, and seems a bit rougher in the aroma. It has a heavy mouthfeel, but a smooth finish.

You may love the 12, but don't assume the 23 year to be any better. It is just different. Not better, not worse, depending on your taste. When it comes to value, the 12 beats the 23 without question.

Did a side by side with zacapa xo. This was smoother with equal depth and flavor. Best rum I’ve ever had.

Instantly among my favorites. Remarkably smooth & has a subtle sweetness to it. ZERO burn. The oakiness (is that a word?) on the front end adds nicely to the complexity. Will continue to purchase this in the future & look forward to checking out the 18yr for comparison.


I see Kirk and Sweeney sitting on the shelves everywhere. Well I finally bought a bottle of 23 year old and tried it last night. Wow. Deep vanilla aroma. Surprisingly smooth and complex. An instant favorite.

I actually like the 18 better. I'm guessing this is aged in barrels a bit longer, and no doubt it adds complexity and some tannins the 18 lacks.

Big jammy nose, surprisingly compact mouth feel. Big (ish), floral, good bit of spice. Nicely balanced, sweet and pepper finish. This is no doubt a beautiful rum, and my preferance for the 18 may belie my immature taste in Rums overall, but...hey, I gotta rate em as I drink em. Overall though, NOTHING wrong with this, and I'm enjoying the bottle a great deal.