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Tasty, but not quite great
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.
It's OK, but not as good as the 18 or 23yo. Good burn to start. Not as mellow as other versions of Kirk and Sweeney. Disappointing considering the cost.
It appears K&S has changed from their 12 / 18 / 23 year names to Reserva, Gran Reserva, and Gran Reserva Superior. I rate this between the original 12 and 18 year releases from previous years. It is good, but not as great as the 18 year which I really enjoyed.
Got this in South Carolina. It is good, but definitely has some flaws that make it my least favorite of the Kirk and Sweeney selections. It lacks some depth and does have a mild chemical taste. Just okay for me…
Oddly, the bottle I got said Gran Reserva Superior. Does anyone know if this is a different iteration than the regular Gran Reserva?
I have been used to KS clearly labeled aged rums 12, 18, 23 and they have always satisfied depth body taste but not top shelf.
Tried to find out more about this new release but website is vague, appears they are moving to a Solara aging with Reserva and Gran Reserva aged 6-20 years. Anyway about the swill it’s not as good as the original age stated rums. Reminds me of Cubaney also from DR. Middle of the road in my book not a good place to be unless you want to get ran over.
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