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I only have good to say about this rum. Tried it neat, and I’d never have it any other way. Sweet smoky fragrance. Feels thick on the tongue, smooth, no bite. Just enjoyment. If the 18 is this good, I cannot wait to try the 23.
This rum was recommended to me at a restaurant in Phoenix. After the first sip I was hooked. It has a very alluring scent of subtle sweetness. The scent is hard to describe, but it reminds me of a mix of vanilla, cotton candy and bubblegum. Not overpowering, just right.
As for the taste, it's just as fantastic. Not too sweet and very little burn. You first taste the normal rum flavors of toffee and vanilla. After you swallow, you taste sugar cane and wood. It's very unique and makes you want to take another sip. If there's a better rum out there, I haven't tasted it.
I'm a bourbon and rum drinker and this is the #1 spirit in my liquor cabinet. Buy a bottle and you definitely will not be disappointed.
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...
The nose is truly amazing, I am smelling like caramelised grilled bananas but I am seing a liquor, amazing.
Taste toffee, amazing smoothness with a little after burn, just to remind you you are drinking a 40% rum.
Overall a fantastic rum when you know its sugar content to be so low, amazing (did I say amazing enough?).
Sugar: 2 to 5 GPL
First rum I ever bought and still maybe my favorite.
Love This rum, among a favorit now. Super tasty flavor, slightly smokey edge
When I saw this rum at the store I was excited to try it just based on the bottle. Got home and waited for the wife, and pulled the cork. The smell was awesome and had heavy sweet caramel tones, and on the first pour the color did not disappoint. I loved the taste and was pleasantly surprised by the mellowness of the rum. It had a very strong start and went mild very quickly, and finished even more subdued after I swallowed. This is in my top favorites to date and I have had many many different rums from all over the world. I'm excited to try the 23 but for the cost, this rum is in the top 5 in every way.
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.
I'm not the sophisticated rum drinker that some of you are. So, this review won't contain descriptions of taste that make no sense to me. Quite simply, this is obviously a very high quality rum, smooth and amazingly pleasant, it is absolutely enjoyable to sip straight.
Excelent rhum, vraiment tres bon, savoureux et doux en bouche
in a tasting round of 15 people the average was a nine. A rum, everybody would like to have in his bar at home. Smooth, fruity long lovely finish. up to 18 years old dom rep rums. in the mouth full of fruit. especially vanilla, sherry, dry fruits and raisin. not a big difference to the 23 year old one.
So far. The best. Sweet, vanilla, some little spices, very little alcool burn. OMGs is it ever good !! This one is a deffinate try but a bit on the pricey end. Worth every $. Just not a rum you drink often, it's a desert, a treat !!
Just tried. Well balanced. Notes of vanilla . I just compared to Zavala 23 and zafra 21, really good taste. I'm returning to the good rums to sip.
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.
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.
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
Not strong, smooth and a taste of chocolat. I like it. Very good Rum. Price and Quality is excellent.
Sweet, smooth and a beautiful nose. One of my favourite rums.
Dolce ma non stucchevole, corposo ed ottimo aroma, rum da provare assolutamente. Molto bella pure la bottiglia
One of my favourites, strong but also smooth in the finish, vanilla and a little coffee taste with a sweet smell
I am not a rum aficionado or big on spirits. I bought this on a whim because it was expensive and not "Spiced" rum. I figured it had to be good. I was right. Very smooth. Does not taste like rum candy. I certainly will buy more when this runs out.
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.
Very good. Complex and balanced. Sweet, with a hint of a (good) burn. Taste of vanilla, almond and caramel. Nice long finish.