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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.
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 spice...it'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.
I have yet to find a rum that I love more than this. It is absolutely phenomenal to sip solo, with a great set of flavors with overtones of butterscotch that goes down smooth. Mixing a couple fingers of it with some coke really brings out the sweet, smokey undertone flavors that it has. All around great rum for anyone, and it sits in the #1 position in the liquor cabinet of my study...
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.
...but then I let it breathe. Toffee, vanilla and dried fruit on the nose, silky mouthfeel with added notes of maple and tobacco and a long, lingering finish. Expensive, but worth every penny.
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.
She's thick, she's brown, she's 23, and she will rock your world.
To be clear this is an añejo rum made from fermented and distilled blackstrap molasses, not an agricole rhum which is made from distilled squeezed sugar cane juice that hasn’t been fermented. I say this as some have mistakenly called this an agricole, which has a difference in production and flavors.
That said, this rum is excellent if you prefer complex, smooth, and subtly sweet rums! There are aromatic notes of sweet spices with vanilla being the dominant character and a nominal cask flavor even though these are aged for 23 years in lightly charred American oak barrels. For me, casked spirits tend to leave an almost acidic taste on the palate but this one doesn’t at all. At 80 proof you will get a nice warming buzz without too much of a burn when sipping. I enjoy this straight, on the rocks, and mixed. Some personal suggestions to mix this are to sub for vodka in a Moscow mule with Reed’s ginger beer and a squeeze of lime or with a good agave/cane based cola such as Q Kola or Maine Root Mexicane Cola (add a squeeze of lemon if you’re adventurous).
"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.
Duft af vanilie og smag af karamel med mange smagsnuancer. En virkelig god rom. Meget tæt på 10. Kan muligvis få det ved næste smagning. (Så smagte jeg den igen, og det er virkelig en topklasse rom)
Amazing sipping rum! Will be my staple to go to for many years to come
This is an amazing sipping rum, great neat or with a single ice cube to open up the flavors. There was minimal cask taste until the very back end, but it was so subtle. It was sweeter than I expected, but only in the best sense of the term. Toffee, vanilla, oak, caramel and mild hints of spice make this a pleasure. I was only going to give it a 9, but while drinking it I left the bottle uncorked. My refill reaped the benefits of that, and it pushed to a 10, Great price point in the low-$40’s. Buy with confidence if you see it. Don’t waste it on drinks. This is a sipper you’ll keep coming back to
Did a side by side with zacapa xo. This was smoother with equal depth and flavor. Best rum I’ve ever had.
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 one of the best rums I have tasted. It is definitely worth the £48 I paid for it, I don't think you can buy a better rum in that price range. Awesome flavours and smoothness with no burn. Oh and the bottle looks great.
Rich, complex, smooth, just flat out delicious. Yes I drink it with a mixer and I love it that way!
Cest le meilleur rhum que jai goûter à date note de vanille avec une fin un peu épicé vraiment doux incomparable!!
I like the 12 but the 23 is just so smooth and easy to drink.
I haven't tried much higher end stuff, probably 20 different ones including the K&S 12, so far this is my absolute favorite with the 12 being #2. This Rum has by far the heaviest carmel tones of any rum I have tried.
Price is weighed lightly in my rating. I paid $50 for a 750ml bottle
The best rum I have had so far!!! I buy a bottle of this any chance I get!!!
Very good sipping rum, a bit higher price than its competition, but worth it none the less, top 5 for me
This is the first rum that I have had that my first thought is tobacco. Very smokey and oaky. Great sipping rum on the rocks. I will look for this rum again.
I normally don't spend this much on a bottle. I was pleasantly surprised!!! It was smooth and flavorful. It didn't taste like any sugar was added. I would definitely buy again!
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!