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Kirk and Sweeney Gran Reserva rum

Kirk and Sweeney Gran Reserva

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Dominican Republic | Aged | 40% ABV

30 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great

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30 Kirk and Sweeney Gran Reserva Ratings

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JAHinojos 🇺🇸 | 28 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Kirk and Sweeney has changed their branding names. This replaced the 18 year old. Under the old naming 51% per cent had to be of the aging on the bottle. This is not a requirement under the new designation. As with all Kirk and Sweeney this batch designated and will change from batch to batch. I found this similar to the 18, but a not quite as good. I still gave it an 8 as it is still a good sipping rum. It has great brown sugar fragrance, some sweetness. As this is aged in French Oak bourbon barrels, there is a slight smokiness to it. It does have a slight peppery and sharp finish. There are wonderful hints of vanilla. Note: this is not a rum you pour and drink. It needs to age to get rid of the alcohol sharpness.

Weiny 🇨🇿 | 60 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

I have no idea how the much-rated version of the 18y tastes here. Instead, I just got a Gran Reserve and it's hard to evaluate or compare. The taste is very specific, but I don't like it very much. In addition, the round bottle takes up a lot of space. I do not recommend.

Netuším, jak chutná zde tolik hodnocená verze 18y. Místo ní jsem právě dostal Gran Reserva a těžko hodnotit, nebo srovnávat. Chuť je velmi specifická, ale moc mi nechutná. Kulatá láhev navíc zabírá moc místa. Nedoporučuji.

Kevin 🇬🇧 | 25 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

K&S have abandoned their 12, 18 and 23 year old rums replaced them with Reserva, Gran Reserva and Gran Reserva Superior, but with the exception of the Gran Reserva, they now appear to be reluctant to state their age. The GR is a blend of between 5 and 20 year old rum, so must replace the 18 year old. It is definitely a good tipple, but is being sold for the price of the old 23 year old and the Superior is being sold for around 50% more. Unless I’m missing something, I assume the reason they have changed their names was to increase their prices. I can’t comment on the comparison of this rum with the 18 year old, but it’s not to the standard of the 23 year old, despite the price. If the cost is not important, it’s definitely worth a try, but I doubt I will buy another bottle unless they reduce the price.

richunkel 🇺🇸 | 13 ratings
Posted 6 days ago

Had this at a family gathering with many who didn't know what a sipping rum was. It went over extremely well and many were please. It goes EXTREMELY well with good company. Not a bad solo act either.

Dr56 🇺🇸 | 1 rating
Posted 3 months ago

Amber colored. Nose has some fruit and some toffee. A bit of Sherry on the back of the palate. I enjoy this in a rum glass. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before drinking neat.

Fireinspectorddc 🇺🇸 | 3 ratings
Posted 6 months ago

This is my go to rum right now. It's smooth, and not too sweet. I drink it straight or on the rocks. Goes great with a nice cigar.

MChiik (PREMIUM) 🇸🇰 | 18 ratings
Posted 7 months ago

Top quality, well balanced or good ocasion sipping with friends

Klbrown 🇺🇸 | 3 ratings
Posted 10 months ago

Nice, smooth, no aftertaste, very balanced, quite oak flavored

n9ami 🇺🇸 | 4 ratings
Posted 10 months ago

I was surprised that I did not enjoy this as much as the 18. It was more barrel wood taste which I do not care for.

Alas 🇵🇷 | 510 ratings
Posted 11 months ago

Bitter rancid taste with a medium burn, overly woody and sweetness is off. Not a fan of dominican rum other than Opthimus so +1 if you are

Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Kirk and Sweeney
Country: Dominican Republic
Name: Gran Reserva
ABV: 40%
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Pure blend (1 distillery)
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No