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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!
Intense cask taste. At start alcohol vapors prevents full smell experience.
After 10-15min more aromas comes noticeable. All present vanilla as dominant (beside caks taste). Not to sweet.
The bottle is one of most prettiest.
Good ratio of quality and price.
Great flavor and very smooth. Drinkable and mixable. Nothing bad to say about it
Having tried their 12 and 18 year olds, I finally got around to trying this 23 year old. It reminds me of the 18 year old except I don't notice any leather and the wooden notes are ever so slightly more. This one is also $7 more than the 18 year old, so flip a coin to see which one you prefer on any given day. Just stay away from the 12 year old. I still recommend the 18 Year as the best buy from them.
Update May 7, 2019: For those of you who still have the old bottles of K&S with them being widest at the top, KEEP THEM as they will soon become collector's items!!! The new bottles are totally round and look like rum versions of Chambord Liqueur. I kid you not! I at first criticized my bottle of K&S 12 as being hard to pour and needing two hands. At least the cork fits tight and the bottle is unlikely to spill on a rocking boat out to sea! After having a lot a very bad rum bottle designs, those original K&S bottles are for keeps! Hang on to them.
This is a much better offering than the 18 year old. Nice from start to finish.
If it were any smoother you would question was it alcohol. It definitely opens up after breathing for 20 mins. Oakey Smokey butterscotch. One of my favourites with plantation 20th and zafra. 48 dollars in NYC
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.
Especially for an agricole. It smells like caramel and pecans. It looks good in the glass. It goes down easy. But it tastes like added sugar. Maybe there isn’t any but I would put a little bit of money on it. Still, it’s good. If there was no added sugar I would increase this to a nine.
Not too sweet, not too dry. Wonderful warmth on the nose and tongue. Mild spice on finish with beautiful medium gold color.
An excellent sipper
Beautiful sweetness with toffee rather than the plain sugar kick some rums have. Tingle rather than burn, great aroma, long finish. Just very pleasant and inexpensive for the quality, which is why I've given a generous 9
Fak,že jsem čekal trochu více. Nicméně vůně po chvilkovém odležení ve skleničce je velice příjemná a ovocná. Vanilka a cherry je opravdu cítit. Nicméně chybí mi trochu sladkosti (podotýkám nejsem moc na sladké rumy) a nadbýa mi zase přílišná ostrost. Ale pitelný kousek to určitě je.
This rum grew on me over time. With a bold age statement, I was hoping to love it instantly, but to be honest it didn't work that way.
It took time, and sipping, and patience, but after a few weeks and by the time the bottle was empty, I was sad to see it gone.
This rum is a little on the dry side, but it would be unfair to fault it for that, especially for the price point. I came to appreciate its light, pleasant caramel hints on the nose and lack of burn on the way down. Didn't find the palate to be lingering, which had me taking sip after sip. Near the end of the glass, subtle sweetness is detected without feeling like swigging sugar water. Despite my initial trepidation, I'm proud to call myself a fan
The first tasting was weird, cork is not exactly "tight" and it has small particles floating in it. It also tasted a bit dilluted. It is supposedly made from cane juice. After some time on shelve, I tasted strong vanilla, additives probably.
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.