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I purchased this for only $33.99 (K&L Wines 2015), so based on the price my expectations weren't that high. But this rum greatly exceeded my expectations!
It tastes like an agricole, albeit an exceptional one, and tastes at least as good as the far more expensive Clement XO (imho). It smells and tastes of sugar cane, caramel, vanilla, cookie dough, oak, honey, and molasses.
One of the best rum values in my opinion, this is a must try!
Edit: I've since tried the 18 and 23year Kirk & Sweeney, which are considerably better!
I gave this one several tries before giving my score of 7/10. It just lacks in flavor and overall smoothness. It has a good taste but comes on very strong and a bit bitter. I guess it's a recommendation when you're not into all the sweet rums and prefer something stronger. For me it's just overrated, maybe an earlier year used to be better?
A pleasant drop of Rum. Spicy and high alcohol flavours to start, with with a nice honey after-taste.
i smell vanilla and toffee notes. spicy elements at the same height.maybe some tobacco notes and some fruit.
i taste toffee, prune and honey. bold wood. almond in the back. a little bit raw with some sharp edges.
7/10 - drop 5 points if your best rum is the diplomatico or plantation xo barbados!
a nice heavy rum without sugar. good starter, the 18y old is much better!
This is a warn rum that just hits the right balance between smoothness and flavour great if you just have some nice quiet time to sit and drink
Second favorite run so far, the 23 year being my favorite. I would rate it 9.5 overall but with the price factored in I felt rounding up would be the best choice.
Price is weighed lightly in my rating. I paid $28 for a 750ml bottle, absolute steal for the price.
Enough said....not overly spicy...not bland. Just smooth
EDIT: I'm finishing off the final bottle and wanted to give it another go. I added some water this time to try and open up the flavor. Definitely a bit better than the first go. I'm still getting an odd mix of flavors and the bitter taste is still there which I'm not sure if coming from the oak or a possible dried fruit. I wonder if they tried to put too much complexity into this. I think letting it sit longer may be the secret to this. The strong alcohol and vanilla is slowly turning into banana (laffy taffy). Will update later with my final conclusion, but I did give it another star.
First: Opening up the bottle was definitely not what I expected it to be. Alcohol with a faint sweetness. What did I buy?! Once poured, a tinge of vanilla mixed with a slight molasses under tone.
First Taste: Alcohol, vanilla, burn. Somebody said dried tropical fruit. Is this a Jaimacan? No...wait...bitter, sour...pepper?
Sitting in a rocks glass for 5-10 minutes: Bloom of vanilla...taste...pepper, alcohol...bitter after taste.
Honestly, at this point, I am not a fan. Nothing about this rum makes me want to come back. Was looking at the 18Yr...I'm going to pass. I'm not sure what the big deal is about this rum. Maybe I prefer a bit sweeter rum? I find the character hard to pinpoint. It feels like it's lost between Barbados and Jamaica. I may try adding a bit of sugar to it. Maybe some water or ice. I do compliment the bottle though. Very nice presentation. Looks wonderful. For comparison sake, I'm using Mt. Gay XO and Pilar 24 as the competition.
where i live this stuff is cheap compared to other states which i was surprised. after trying it after a whim i was like wow this is great stuff. got alot of oak and smoke flavors (which if you like that then ull like that).
Good Rum for the price
I did expect a little more after reading the ratings. It is a good rum, the smell is really nice but behind the little sting of alcohol doesn´t come as much as i would liked.
Un rhum que je ne connaissais pas et qui a vraiment été une bonne surprise! Aussi chouette au nez qu'en bouche!
A delicious sipper, wonderfully complex yet smooth and not overly sweet. A fantastic value for the price.
Priced right. Great bottle. Fine sipping rum. You will be back.
Nice amber color, tad sweet but balanced vanilla and oak notes. Good value for a no burn sipper.
I tried it clean, tried it on ice, and never really found the complex flavors everyone's talking about. This is a decent rum, but a diplomatico is similarly priced and much better.
This rum is a great sipper rum. Nice and smooth with no burn. All the wonderful favors of vanilla and oak are present providing a well balanced drink. The bottle is quite unique and sexy.
Taste like the grass from my lawn . maybe its nust me idk . i wont try again.
Det er en okay fin rom, dig fortrækker jeg at varme den op med fingrene, så forsvinder den sprittede smag meget og der kommer flere smags noter frem 👍🏻
For the price, this is in my top three. It's extremely smooth
and has a wonderful aroma. Try it, you won't regret it!
It's so smooth. Rich but elegant. No need to mix this. I like best on the rocks as this brings out so many flavors for the palate to enjoy. Should be on everyone's shelf.
I really enjoy this Rum. Smooth. Looking forward to trying the 18 and 21 versions
Yep, smooth. Just slightly sweet on the tongue, with a hint of spice. Then a touch of oak. Would drink again, but I'm now interested in the 18 and 23 to see what the profile differences are.
My rum experience is pretty limited. After reading through comments on rum ratings I got some. Price and taste make this my go to :)
Smooth and subtly sweet. No chaser needed! Great on the rocks.
Beautifully done without being overly sweet. Made for sipping straight, an amazing bottle that was like 35.00 when I bought it... I also bought the 19 and the 24. I have yet to try the 23 the 19 was beautiful but I preferred the 12.