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That's some good stuff
...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.
Hells bells! This be the best of the three Kirk & Sweeney rums I've had! The 12-year was great, the 18-year was even better, but the 23-year beats the two of them! She smells sweet, almost distractingly so, but that comes with hints of vanilla, smoke, cola, and unless I am mistook, dried fruits. On the tongue, she be SMOOTH with lots of vanilla. Not too sweet - not as sweet as she smells - but not dry. Aye, she have a great mouthfeel, and there be zero burn goin' down the hatch. On the finish, there be a hint of grassiness, and at the very end, just a tiny hint of the dried fruits. This be an outstandin' sippin' rum not to be mixed with anythin'. She be a bit on the pricey side, but she be worth every penny. Let me perish and rot if I be lyin'! arrgh!
I just bought myself a bottle of this a few days ago, simply because it was a rum that is older than me by a year. I have only had one glass of it so far but I have to say I am very impressed. Comparing it directly to the 18 year version, the smell alone was significantly different and much less harsh on the nose. I am not an expert that can tell you all the different smells and flavors of the rum, but I can tell you that the smell was fantastic and the taste was even better, I had mine neat with about 15 minutes to breath in the freezer. There was a nice sweet flavor that and a very slow burn after taste in the throat. I will be buying more of this. Highly recommended
This is the perfect sipping rum, comparable to the Zacapa 23 but richer and a bit more fruity on the nose (the Zacapa can be compared to an old cognac!) and a round fruit nose (think orange and fig) on the way down. Astonishing and superb.
I became a big fan of the K and S 12 year recently. The 23 year has everything I like about the 12 year... except better! Same dark caramel color. A tad sweeter. But, the same velvety smoothness that makes it dangerously drinkable. This has easily become one of my favorites. Beware and enjoy!
...one thing to start with, I love the bottle design!
The color is great and the smell of it bedazzled my senses, I quite enjoyed the rum *thumbs up*
Nice and soothing charakter, went right down to my bar again to have a second glass.
Let it rest for 5 minutes though to enfold.
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.
*Update August 2020* This rum definitely doesn't come close to the good sipping rums in my cabinet, and so I have been using it to mix with. It is a great mixing rum that adds a nice round caramel taste to whatever you are making. For example, it is excellent in a Painkiller and adds a nice bit of character to that drink. Still...I am not about to drop $50 again for a mixing rum when there are other rums just as good to mix with for 1/3 the price.
Looking at older reviews, I am beginning to suspect that they may have gone "Zaya" and changed the process with this rum, but that's only a guess reading other's tasting notes and comparing them to mine.
Vanilla, then caramel, then oak in a smooth rum with a mild bite. My favorite of this genre and one of my first reaches to sip neat.
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