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Kirk and Sweeney 12-Year rum

Kirk and Sweeney 12-Year

Dominican Republic | Aged | 40% ABV

394 ratings
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394 Kirk and Sweeney 12-Year Ratings

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Charles M ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 149 ratings
Posted almost 6 years ago

12yo - There I was at my local supermarket and thinking why oh why don't they ever have anything of interest. And then rather surprisingly I came across this chap. As I was standing in the aisle, I cracked out the mobile app and saw the very mixed reviews. But even so, I was curious. I knew about K&S but never got around to trying it.

Its at the upper limits of what I really like when it comes to sweetness (natural or at least, with only a small amount of sugar added), but it is all held together by the burn from the alcohol that had me checking whether this was actually at 40% as it has a harshness to it that I would expect from say 46%. However it pulls together the sweetness, the vanilla and the toasty American oak (I have to say I am a sucker for American oak ageing). Without the hit from the alcohol, I suspect that this wouldn't be dry enough for me.

Soft, even with the burn, multi-dimensional with a medium/long length. I can see why this divides opinions, but I find it initially quite appealing.

I read some reviews questioning whether they are drinking the same rum as everyone else - I do not know whether the label is a "fake" historic one to go with the story or whether when it states Batch 021 Bottle Nยบ 7915 that is the current batch, but that is how my bottle is so labelled.

mistercoughy ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 239 ratings
Posted over 8 years ago

Maybe it's me...but I detected very little aroma, either from the bottle or glass, and very little flavor when I tasted it. Two good-sized pourings later, and I'm still waiting to taste some rum. There are hints of vanilla and oak - pretty standard stuff these days - but nothing remarkable. Smooth is one thing, but this stuff is practically invisible. A good "practice" rum for newbies. I paid $22 for the bottle (which itself is obnoxiously squat and awkward to hold). All in all, not my favorite by a long shot.

Andrew ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 76 ratings
Posted 9 years ago

Very strong smells of vanilla, oak and toasted marsh mellow.
Very strong oak taste for only being 12 years old. I also taste tons of Vanilla and some mild spice.
Not bad but not on my top shelf.

Earl Elliott ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 236 ratings
Posted 9 years ago

Sugar: 2 gpl. Was thinking of buying this just for the bottle but the liquor store had a tasting that day and I gave it a try. It is a bit woody at the first but then mellows out and sweetens a bit. Nice finish and a pleasing after burn. The bottle and the history of the name are interesting. I give this a 6.5 for the taste and another half point for the bottle.

Derek Harris ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 40 ratings
Posted almost 3 years ago

Just picking this bottle up, people are instantly impressed. It is a great drink on the rocks or for the casuals with some coke (lol). It is a great bottle and has some real heft to it. Def recommend.

tortemd ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | 68 ratings
Posted over 3 years ago

Oft gelobt und das zu Recht. Wohlschmeckender ausgewogener Premiumrum.

Immiketoo ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | 60 ratings
Posted almost 4 years ago

Meh. This is a very smooth rum. The nose is sharp at first but mellows after a few minutes rest. Vanilla, spice and pepper.

Mouth feel is very soft, almost as if you have water in your mouth, then the burn starts, releasing the tingle of the spices.

Mildly sweet, but pleasantly so. Vanilla and pepper. Sip neat. Adding ice would make this un-drinkable

The finish is spice and a mellow burn that lingers a bit.

Overall, a bit disappointing for the price, but better than nothing. If given the option, Iโ€™d like pass and drink something else.

Mxt ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 2 ratings
Posted 4 years ago

Very smooth with vanilla and oak. Haven't seen a price point above $33 for this bottle. If you're expecting this to be on par with the best you'll be disappointed, but if they jacked the price to $60 I'd still be a customer. Well worth to keep it stocked.

I3R0K3N7FEET ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 77 ratings
Posted 4 years ago

Proves bottle design is important with sales of spirits..

For the price, this should be called regret.

So many rums far better than this.

This tastes like a mild/ smooth whisky aged in a twice used Eldorado rum cask, then watered down to nope. There is a faint rum glimmer l, it, just turns into a bland meh. No real body or character. It is smoothish, and drinkable, but just so boring. Even mixed it just tastes... Meh. Cuba libre, just makes the coke taste funny. With ginger beer, it just makes the gingerbeer taste funny.

By no means is this terrible, but considering this was the same price as a bottle of rumbullion, don Papa, plantation, pussers. Hell, even a lot of cheaper rums are superior to this in flavour and finish. Disappointed don't rate, won't buy again. Not even close to being rum in my books, let along a good rum.

PS. I just noticed all the rave reviews. You guys are mad. I wouldn't even call this drink 'rum' in regards to flavour profile. Whoever keeps peddling their PR is either talking horse**** or has a lot of money.

I've gone from disappointed to just plain annoyed. Don't bother with this one. Move along.

Swervin_Kervin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 47 ratings
Posted almost 5 years ago

Iโ€™m Irish and from a navy town. I can down a bottle if rum in 2 hours if itโ€™s good. This rum took me weeks to get through. Just burns without a reward. If you like cheap whiskey or lighter fluid you may like this rum

Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Kirk and Sweeney
Country: Dominican Republic
ABV: 40%
Years Aged: 12
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No
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