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Kirk and Sweeney Reserva 12-Year rum

Kirk and Sweeney Reserva 12-Year

Dominican Republic | Aged

6.8/10
14 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great

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14 Kirk and Sweeney Reserva 12-Year ratings

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Posted 7 months ago by Azun_the_Wise from United States with 6 ratings

I am relatively new to the rum scene, as I have just turned 21 this last year. I picked this up because I enjoyed added tag that came with every bottle. I am very very happy with this bottle. So far I have only tried the 12 year but am looking forward to trying the 18 year very soon. It had a good sweetness to it that wasn't overpowering. I drank this mostly on its own with some ice, but did use it as a mixer with great results. Currently with my limited experience I would consider this a great rum and one of my favorites.

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Posted 12 months ago by smokumjames from United States with 3 ratings

Mix it with something. Aged for 12 years and it taste raw with hints of additives. Sorry not for me.

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Posted 1 year ago by Charles M from United Kingdom with 140 ratings

12 Reserva - just opened this to compare with the last of my 12yo. It is totally different and a real step backwards. Gone is the unctuous rich caramely nose, to be replaced by one which is more astringent with hints of what reminds me of oranges. It is similar on the body. Very disappointing and a rum that I'll likely not be buying again. Disappointing. I'm wondering whether it has been spiced - it's on the shelves next to the other one that seems to be popular (and which I find equally nasty) Don Papa. I tried it again last night and thought it was actually quite nasty and what I was going to do with it!

I also have to wonder whether it is still a 12 year old. 12 Reserva might well imply it is, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were much younger rums in the blend.

My problem is, what do I do with it? I find it truly nasty but I don't like throwing things away. However, my rum cupboard is quite full, and for the first time ever, I'm half tempted to pour it down the sink (though I won't end up doing that, more than likely I'll try and give it away).

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Posted 8 months ago by CK from United States with 26 ratings

So I'm officially taking my initial dive into public rum tasting and reviews with this entry. While I've been trying to gain a good foundation of knowledge about rums over the last year or two, I'm still learning and figure I would start off with a middle of the road rum (in price and reviews). I don't claim to be an expert, I just know what I like and don't, and know everyone tastes and smells things differently and has their own likes, dislikes and preferences when it comes to rum. So I'm just giving my 2 cents in my own way. Take it how you will ;)

So first off, the K&S 12 Year Reserva is in a bottle I love, not only the shape but I'm a sucker for maps, which is printed on the side and back. It looks great in my bar and I love it's just a cork in the top. It looks like something that would wash up on the beach of a shipwreck.

The look and color is nice with a reddish mahogany glow in the bottle and a light yellowish amber in the glass. I let it sit for about 5 minutes before smelling and there was a strong presence of vanilla, caramel, sugar and oak. I occasionally got some mild fruit but nothing substantial, maybe a hint of orange rind and apricot, really not sure.

I liked the taste as it wasn't quite as sweet as it smelled, and I prefer dry and oak flavors in my liquors and wine, which this had quickly, but it dispersed even quicker. The mouthfeel was average, it wasnt too watery but not really sticking around on my tongue. The flavors went quick and left a nice warm burn that I enjoyed. But I didn't get a lot out of the aftertaste. A bit of the carmel, oak and spice were there, but not much to mention that stuck around.

Overall I enjoyed it, and it seems okay as a sipper, but probably better suited as a mixer. Would I buy it again? Probably not. But I will give the 18 and 23 years a taste when I can.

I really don't think its as bad as many of the reviews say, its worth a try if you can get it at a good price. But don't expect to be amazed. Its solid if unspectacular. But it gets an extra point from me for the bottle. So 6 for the rum, 7 total because of the packaging.

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Posted 9 months ago by randycous (PREMIUM) from United States with 36 ratings

Bought a bottle on vacation in the Florida Keys. It was decent, but I doubt I would buy it again. Too much bite. A good taste, maybe a little vanilla. Actually used half of it with Coke.

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Posted 1 year ago by ThayneC from United States with 5 ratings

Enjoying sipping this straight up. I think it is pretty smooth and well worth the cost-just over $30. Kind of like the bottle too.

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Posted 2 months ago by HattMigginson from United Kingdom with 4 ratings

Beautiful bottle, complex and smooth nose and a well rounded pallet this rum is well worth while. I got a bottle to take on a stag do and my uncle poured it all out between 4 of us in under an hour. Worth the money and no where near as sweet as many of the apparently aged rums that are on the market at the moment.

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Posted 3 months ago by TheRumDrinkingPirate from United Kingdom with 37 ratings

This rum is very similar to the original 12 year Kirk and Sweeney. I'd say this had a bit more to it and definitely preferable.

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Posted 5 months ago by Patricebru from France with 54 ratings

beautiful bottle, decent rum , not very sweet, vanilla taste, no regret for the price

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Posted 6 months ago by Jwillsipsneat from United States with 1 rating

Not much of an aroma. Slight sweetness with a nice warming finish.