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I hated this, all i get out of this is the taste of turpentine, almost undrinkable. Mixed with coke i choked it down but will never buy this again. Ron Zacapa 23 doesnt have the turpentine taste as I was doing a taste test on the two.
Very different from his 18y brother. This one is more woody. On the nose you can feel a lot of oak, vanilla and sugar cane. In the mouth flavours of caramel, again a lot of oak, vanilla and honey. Rum is really super-smooth. I rate it the same score like 18y because both are great but very different!
One of the best rums l’ve been able to find where I live
So smooth and nice vanilla/honey notes. One of the best. Nice nose and finish is a hint of spice (very subtle).
Thankfully, based on hydrometer tests, this ones got either very little, or no additives. So it's sweetness, to my palate, anyways, is a pleasant surprise.
Although it's been aged for 23 years in American oak casks, I could easily believe that some sherry casks made their way in here. I won't dive in to noses and palates (I also have been skeptical of that whole concept), but it's a delicious, sweet, and tasty rum that I'd highly recommend to anyone who came across it.
I should also note that the price given here do not feel entirely accurate. I purchased this from a Total Wine for $59.99, and a local liquor store sells it for $44.99, so I think the listed prices need to be re-considered, here.
I had the 23 down in SC. It was a mistaken order and the clerk wanted it gone. What a break for me. The 18 finally made it to Ohio. When the 23 comes, it will have a permanent place on my shelf.
When i was introduced to kirk and sweeney 23. I did not know rum could be so refined. The smooth tast and mellow notes, make for just a beautifull rum. On the opisite side. I let this rum sit in my cabinet maybe 2 long. After a year the tast changed to a very rubing alcohol after tast. I will keep in my colection. Maybe just not wait so long to finish a bottle.
For a $50 bottle of 23 year aged rum with an 8.4 rating I popped the cork on the neat looking bottle expecting greatness. The aromas came across as simple and underwhelming but that did not mean much because first aroma isn’t indicative of full taste. Alas when I took a sip the taste was the same as the aroma. I have since gone back for a second visit and the experience is the same. Compared to the sea of rums, it is not terrible and it is definitely drinkable, but it has nowhere near the complexity or smoothness demanded of an 8.4 rating. Zafra, Plantation XO, and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva are all far, far superior in the same price range. I even find Barcelo Imperial superior to this...and that just should not be happening with a $50 bottle of 23 year aged rum.
Decent rum but there are better options for 23 year olders
Again...for the price, its amazing. Much like the Zaya 12 and the Flor de Cana 7. So much better than what you pay for.
"Older" on the label means nothing in the world of rum when it comes to taste. Blended or Solera, you never know what the proportions are, so its all up to the Maker/Master/Blender.
This rum was given to me as a gift from a friend away on a holiday....it was excellent.
Looking forward to trying the 12 year old which is availble locally.
This is definition of rum..I absolutely love this rum, i love bottle, label and the rum of course !
My first 10 here !
Oak and toffee flavours stand out. No burn, definitely smooth. Beautiful bottle, looks good on my bar shelve.
My new favorite rum. A wonderful rich flavor with very little burn at the end. It's going to be hard to pry myself away from this to try others.
Kirk and Sweeney 23-Year - almost the same as 12 yrs old
You know when you stubble on a really good rum at a great price and then find out it is almost perfection in a glass , this rum is it a smooth gentle sweetness that rolls off the lips around your mouth and down your throat , OH SO GOOD !!!
If you have a chance to pick this bottle up at a steel of a deal at $40 USD do it do not hesitate you won’t regret it 👍👍👍👍
She's thick, she's brown, she's 23, and she will rock your world.
I was impressed by the 12 year old, which was not quite my favourite, but amazingly good value, so I thought I would try the 23 year old. Definitely not disappointed. The 23 year old is much smoother, as expected. It’s slightly sweet, with no burn, but lots of taste, with hints of caramel and vanilla. Incredible price for a 23 year old and I just love the bottle.
Possibly the smoothest rum possible at the price. No burn on the nose or the palate at all. Nice, balanced flavor as well
If you like the great Dominican brands (The 4-b's, Brugal, Botran, Barcelo, Bermudez), this will be a different experience.
Very sweet, on the border of tasting a little artificial like the over rated Zapaca.
But, not so bad as to prevent me from knocking off the whole bottle.
OK, but not sure if i'd invest in another ??
I can really dis the dopey clumsey hard to handle bottle.
This is big rum with all that you'll expect. Aroma is great
Obviously this is down to personal taste, and for me this is too sweet.
I don't get the complexity or depth of flavour you'd expect from a 23 year old rum, would you do get is lashings of sweet butterscotch and vanilla.
It's a nice, pleasant rum, but there's much better out there.
At £50 for a 23 YO, it could be seen as a bargain regardless, BUT you have to question WHY it's so cheap...
If you like the sweeter rums; Diplomatico, Plantation XO you'll like it.
To find a non-solera 23 year old spirit for less than $75 is unheard of! Great notes caramel, vanilla, & oak that you would expect from a cane juice based Dominican rum that spent over 2 decades in a barrel.