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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!
Smooth and as distintive as diplomatico. A fine birthday present for me.
Wonderful caramel color with a warm smooth delivery that resonates with spices. A true delight on the palate with a warm finish.
N - Hazelnut, Dark Chocolate, Coffee. Somewhat musty. With time, you get some light caramel and coconut, but the alcohol also seems to become more prominent.
P - Lots of caramel, faint honey and creme.
F - Campfire smoke that slowly morphs into a pleasant vanilla.
Nothing crazy or out there, but carries some nice complexity and has a bit of its own personal character and sips easy. Also, like a lot of people say, this rum could easily be sold for much more. It checks all the boxes nicely!
I wanted to like it more, but did not. On par with the Botran Reserva. No enjoyable aftertaste. Not a bad one. Just not a good one. Meh.
Schöne Flasche und gute Aufmachung.
Wirkt sehr leicht in der Nase und Gaumen
Früchte, Toffee, Vanille, Karamell.
Abgang ein wenig kurz.
Ein ganz netter Sommerrum
Beautiful bottle and good presentation.
Very light in the nose and palate
Fruits, toffee, vanilla, caramel.
Finish a little short.
A very nice summerrum
. . . in terms of cost and quality as a whole. This is a great rum and one of the better ones I think there is in this price range. I like the 18 year a bit more, but it does cost something like $12 - $15 more for that one as well.
I had a tasting of K&S a while back at a liquor store and thought it was pretty good, but I'm thinking now it must have been the 18 I tried, because this was simply not as good as I remember. This rum has a lot of good elements, but they just do not seem to work together very well, and the balance just isn't there. The oak over powers the other flavors, which gives way to a bitter finish, with a bit more alcohol burn than there needs to be in rum of this price point. Certainly not a bad rum, but not a great rum, especially considering it's price.
This rum just doesn't work for me. On the nose, there is a good bit of vanilla, oak, and a touch of honey. On the tongue however, it is a different story - hot, peppery, heavy alcohol, somewhat bitter. I want my evening dram to put a smile on my face, but this one makes me feel more like I have just been mugged (politely and professionally mind you, but still mugged). Goes great over my mom's homemade biscotti however.
Very smooth, and on the dry side with subtle sweetness finish. Not my favorite, but I would purchase again.
Smoooooth !!! one of my best affordable finds. down side, tastes so good id swear it evaporates every time i uncork it.wish i could buy a case. my favorite for sipping on soap stone rocks and listening to smooth jazz on vinyl. did i mention i love this rum!!!!!
This rum starts out very smooth, but builds over time. It has a very long middle, but doesn't linger too much at the end. Definitely has a bourbon vibe to it, likely due to the oak barrel aging for so long. Not spicy, but definitely has some vanilla and caramel notes. I wouldn't recommend this for a regular drink, but great for special occasions.
I have been waiting to purchase this rum for some time so when my neighbour arrived with a new bottle in hand, ba-bam! Very good rum. Light but with good flavours, vanilla, honey with only a touch of oak. I don't like a rum that appears to be in the barrel too long for the sake of "aging the label" to increase the price, but this rum was spot on. I recommend buying this rum, or at least mooching it off your neighbour.
I got on to sipping rums after visiting a distillery in Nassau. This is one of the first I tried. Surprisingly, my wife acquired the habit too after trying this rum.
There is a very strong aroma of vanilla in this rum. It have since tried the K & S 18 and it has an even stronger scent The rum is smooth and you have a hint of vanilla in the taste. Very good sipper with slightly more alcohol burn than the 18 year..
I drink it on the rocks with with one ice cube.
I did rank this rum as 10 because I think it surpassed the El Dorado 21 which I ranked as a 9. A 9.5 would have been my choice but not sure how to enter it as such on Rum Ratings. Thus was the first top shelf (at least based on price) I ever purchased. It was money well spent and still makes for the best sipping rum I have tried to date. Would love to try one I'd rate better.
Maybe it's me...but I detected very little aroma, either from the bottle or glass, and very little flavor when I tasted it. Two good-sized pourings later, and I'm still waiting to taste some rum. There are hints of vanilla and oak - pretty standard stuff these days - but nothing remarkable. Smooth is one thing, but this stuff is practically invisible. A good "practice" rum for newbies. I paid $22 for the bottle (which itself is obnoxiously squat and awkward to hold). All in all, not my favorite by a long shot.
This rum ist not for you if you like the sweeter kinds of rum. It ist actually pretty 'dry'. A lot of oak, a bit of toffe, a little bit mor of coffee. A very fine and subtle aftertaste. Not much in the nose, though, wich makes it lose one point.
Pleasant taste but oak dominates the profile too much in my opinion. Hard to get a feel for the original distillate.
The bottle is gorgeous so that is a really nice feature. Popping the cork it smells like that bold rum I like. Not magical smelling, alcohol, oak,vanilla. Pretty usual stuff. Yeah you definitely have to let this one breath for like 20 minutes. If you don't it clashes all together and really isn't that good at all. The smokey taste really stands out like no other rum that I can think of. Very very dry and not very sweet. Vanilla oak taste with not too much complexity, its unique in the fact its not traditionally sweet like most rums now a day. If you like flor de cana rums this is a step up from them. This rum really isn't my style so I cant rate it as good by my standards but for its style it does do a good job. This would be an excellent cigar rum if I smoked.
This is a fantastic rum for when you're in the mood from something less sweet than Ron Zacapa 23 or much less sweet than Diplomatico Reserve. It wonderfully preserves all the richness of its cane heritage with great carmel rum depth and nuance along with a slowly fading finish that makes you long for another sip.
Absolutely delicious - recommend leaving it for 20 minutes to really open up.
Nice balance of flavors. Picking up vanilla and oak. Wonderful silky mouthfeel.
This rum has a great taste and no bad after taste or burn, Very smooth. The bottle is unique looking. The color is nice but the aroma is a little weak. Not quite as good as El Dorado 12 yr or Diplmatico Reserve but definitley worth the money.
This is an above average rum, but nothing to go out of your way for. The bottle/presentation is great.
The batch #15 (bottle 18505) I found incredibly dry with a full body with some oak but spice dominating. Nosing was dominated by spice mainly cinnamon and clove with underlying very light tones of vanilla. Easily Cuban in style but showing its Dominican Flare. The finish sticks around for a few moments where it does have some lingering fading light sweetness and very slight vanilla.