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Kirk and Sweeney Gran Reserva rum

Kirk and Sweeney Gran Reserva

Dominican Republic | Aged

9 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted 24 days ago by Kevin from United Kingdom with 20 ratings

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.

Posted 3 months ago by JAHinojos from United States with 13 ratings

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.

Posted 8 days ago by daquiri_lover from United States with 4 ratings

Picked a bottle up over Christmas, had not tried this brand before and was attracted by the bottle. Looks good on the shelf but performance just not there for me, I'd prefer a Diplomatico over this, but its worth a try, definitely not an awful rum. Can't remember exactly what I paid for it but its up in the $45-55 range.

Posted 10 days ago by Weiny from Czech Republic with 40 ratings

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, maybe it's the agricole, I don't know where to place it, and I don't like it very much. The bottle is beautiful, I will not buy another one, however, as a diversification for the other fixtures of my collection, this is not a bad piece.

Netuším, jak chutná zde tolik hodnocená verze 18y. Místo ní jsem právě dostal Gran Reserva a těžko hodnotit, nebo srovnávat. Chuť je velmi specifická, snad je to tím agricole, nevím kam zařadit, a moc mi to nechutná. Láhev je sice pěkná, ale její kulatý tvar zabírá zbytečně moc místa ve skříni a je nepraktický, takže never more :-)

Posted 28 days ago by Jason from United States with 102 ratings

I’ve had several of the Kirk and Sweeney rums but this was really lacking. Nice honey color. The nose has notes of brown sugar, some spice, and vanilla. The taste mimics the nose. The finish has quite a bit of bite and isn’t smooth like its other siblings. I expected much more from a gran reserva.

Posted 4 months ago by Djgross144 from United States with 55 ratings

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.

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

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.

Posted 6 months ago by Rogo-zin from United States with 45 ratings

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?

Posted 6 months ago by Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM) from United States with 351 ratings

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.