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One of the best smelling rums I've had. Very sweet smell of butterscotch and vanilla. Not overbearing or heavy, just sweet and delicious. The first taste starts with a subtle essence of sweetness that is quickly followed by a distinctive agricole flavor of vegetable and grass. The finish is a nice caramel flavor that matches the aroma but accompanied by a sharp but short burn. Not my style of rum but I found myself continuing to sip it to experience the unique sweet and harsh flavor. Clearly a quality rum. The aroma alone will have me pouring another glass.


Kirk & Sweeney 12 year rum was one of the earlier premium rums I sampled on RumRatings. Less than a month after that I found a bottle of K&S 23 and rated it as well. Since then I've educated myself somewhat on rums and have K&S as one of my favorite brands. All three in the K&S line get a "9" from me. This one is simply delicious. Wonderful aroma. Beautiful amber color. And a outstanding flavor with vanilla, toffee, and even a butteriness to it. Very, very smooth with no harsh burn. Just a mellow warmth with oak tones that add no bitterness.

One day...perhaps soon...I'm going to line all three up and sip a little of each in order (12, 18, 23) just to see the differences between them. I'll try to remember to add to my reviews what I find. IMHO you cannot go wrong with any of the K&S rums.

I was super impressed by the Kirk & Sweeney 12 Year Rum, so I bought their 18 and 23 year rums. Those are even better! What's more impressive is that they are both primarily based on sugarcane (agricole), which I've never cared that much for before these. The 18 is pretty close to the 23 in taste; in fact they're almost equal. The 18 is just a bit sweeter, while the 23 tastes just a bit more aged (much like the difference between the El Dorado 15 and 21). I like both sweet and aged, so I'm torn between the two. I'll give the 18 a very slight edge over the 23, just like I give the ED 15 a very slight edge over the ED21. But I definitely believe they are both very good. Vanilla, sugarcane, caramel, nutmeg, oak, and just a hint of sherry. The nose is incredible. You've GOT to try this!

Well-aged rum trace on the nose — brown sugar, vanilla, and some chocolate/coffee overtones. The body starts things off in that direction, then takes an interesting twist toward some curious red wine notes. The coffee trace builds as the finish grows, along with some leather notes and a bit of dense sweetness, almost Port-like as it mingles with that wine-like character. Austere and worthwhile.

Love This rum, among a favorit now. Super tasty flavor, slightly smokey edge

Got this for Christmas and everything about this was wonderful. The bottle itself is just a great piece of art

The nose starts of with a rich butterscotch aroma. Followed with a buttery and floral smell. First sip has a touch of heat but that mellows quickly. The mouth feel is velvety and rich. Sampling between the 12, 18 and 23 year rums..the 18 is the sweet spot. I highly recommend.


I wanted to try that rum many months. When I bought celebrate opening and drinking...and....I felt disappointment. Ok - good balance, smooth...but...nothing special for me. Light vanilla in nose, woody but taste....nothing special....really nothing to remember...hmmm maybe I was expected something great...maybe that's my fault...obviously I need to try one more bottle. Then I can update info.

This is an amazing rum. The 18 year is sweeter, fruitier, and smoother going down than the 12 year which is itself an amazing rum. I love the taste this leaves on my lips after a sip. Not a mixer, don't waste this rum like that.

The smell is amazing. Vanilla ! The taste is vanilla and caramel. Very nice!


This is everything I like in rum. It's sweet, but not sugary. It has an alcohol burn, but is pretty damn smooth. The aroma is incredible.

My first thought of the scent was maple syrup, but the more I drink it the more I think butterscotch is a better description. The taste is excellent - full and well-balanced. A bit like brandy. Not fruity.

I usually drink rum on the rocks, and frequently with lime. I haven't been able to bring myself to do either with this.

Additionally, I think it's really great relative to its price point. The other rums I've had that were this good were a lot more expensive.

Once again, anything less than a 9 for this rum is unconscionable! It is just as good as the 23 with some small differences. This one is a little less sweet, a little less oaked, and has a tiny bit of a dryer almond taste. Other than that, its pretty much the same review I wrote for the 23. Next stop, the 12 year. Yeah, I did this one totally backwards...

Mmm... Burnt sugar, brown butter and caramel right away. Drifting away quickly as well and leaving a semi-dry briny finish.

We tried this because my wife liked the K & S 12 year. I thought this was even better and so did she.

There is a very strong aroma of vanilla in this rum. One of the strongest scents of any rum I have ever had. You can smell it as soon as you open the bottle. The rum is very smooth and you have a hint of vanilla in the taste. Very good sipper.

I drink it on the rocks with with one ice cube,.

Nevím jak jsou na tom ostatní ročníky, ale 18y mi přijde málo zajímavý. Není to špatný rum. Podání vanilky je lepší než u Chiután 12y, který trpí na podivnou dochuť. U Kirka je dochut víc zakulacená a odchází přes trochu nakyslé ovocné dřívko, ale jen decentně. Zatím ale asi nejlépe podaná vanilka v rumu.

Når man kigger på prisen, og de høje karakter, så forventer jeg mere. syntes den var en noget flad fornemmelse, ikke en flaske jeg selv vil købe.
Trist, for virkelig en flot flaske, og rommen har en lækker farve, ville pynte pænt på hylden.

I keep all three Kirk and Sweeney rums on the shelf all the time. It seems to be something about Dominican rums. I have never had one I didn’t like. This one is my all time favorite. If I only had one rum to the end of time this is it. There is a distinctive taste of werthers caramel, a delightful toffee and almond back and great heat. Not as spicy as the 23 year Kirk and year. This one hit’s my perfect spot.

A smooth, easy drinking rum at a great price that builds upon the 12 yr. For just a few dollars more there is another level of flavor and smoothness. Hard to pass up and gives the 23 a run for the money.

Enjoyed a glass of Kirk & Sweeney 18y while vacationing in Amsterdam. This is the best of the Kirk & Sweeney range. The 23y is just nasty and the 12y is too young. This 18y comes in an identical very thick bottle, so points for that one. Label design is blah. Color is deep amber. Strong chocolate and banana flavors are both to the nose and palate. Some burn at the end, not too bad.


Rich honey, amber color. Delicate slightly flowery nose.
I love the mouth feel of this rum. It's so well balanced between a bit of sweetness and just the right amount of spice. Nice long finish (slightly spicy) with just a tinge of alcohol. I really like this rum a lot.

Nice nose. You get the sweet with smoothness and once you try it delicious. Very smooth. I get the smoky, candy floral notes. Very easy sipper.

Bought a bottle to try as 23 was out of stock. Had for £44 but the 12 is 40 and the 23 48 all from Amazon so good priced aged rums can't go wrong.

The bottle is amazing looks like something out of the 1800s could easily have been aboard the schooner itself. Popping the cork top aromas of butterscotch, caramel and the Caribbean hit you the smell invites you to pour and sip and it's smoothness is unreal no burn whatsoever just delicious liquid gold.

A very nice rum can't wait to try the 12 and 23 I would say it's smoothness is hard to beat even with higher end bottles such as el dorado 21 at near double the price.

This is my first review on Rum ratings. After having the app on my phone and following reviews for several months it has been long over due. Tonight, I sat to try my first bottle of kirk and sweeney 18 year old. The fantastic quality of this rum has prompted me to review this product. It has a sweet aroma with hints of vanilla and nodes of creamy coffee. The smoothness of taste when poured over a large cube of ice is what I enjoy the most. A very fine rum that has a long lasting gentle warmth. Bottle sourced in the UK on amazon for £44 delivered. 10/10 value for money


Having had tasted all three bottles, I must say none have disappointed me. Whatever the price I shall pay it. I have not been able to purchase K&S at the duty free stores at the Punta Cana airport and no one their seems to have heard of it. Any reason? I am able to purchase it at my local enteco on long island thank god.