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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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
Love This rum, among a favorit now. Super tasty flavor, slightly smokey edge
I found this rum by accident. I was in Texas looking for some rum we can't get in Alberta. The store manager at Spec's is a fellow rum guy and has a bunch of high end runs stashed away in the back. He had the Hamilton rims I was looking for and when I asked him for another cool rum, he introduced me to this. Almost as good as my most favorite rum, also from the DR, Brugal Legends!
I actually like this better than the 23. You get more vanilla and spice flavors and scent. While the elder 23 I felt was smooth, but lost some of the sweetness and flavors...and was more smokey/Woody.
I first experienced the 12-year-old, which is a delightful rum, not too sweet, not too dry, vanilla overtones, delicious straight up or mixed. The 18 is just a lovely step up from the 12. The 18 is smoother and more refined, definitely a top five sipper in my book. I know everyone's palate is different, some like sweeter rums, some dryer but this one is definitely in my zone.
I am a fan. I have had the 23 and in my opinion, it is so close to the 18, that I have a hard time justifying the added expense.
I also note that this is not a Solera rum, so I assume that the aging is not fudged.
BANG ON Kirk and Sweeney, may our love affair continue.
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.
I love both the K & S 18 and 23 year rums. Locally, 18 year is $42 and 23 year is $50. Molasses, caramel and vanilla overtones. Mellow oak. Very smooth.
Excellent sipping rum. Easy on the palate, and super smooth. Can't wait to add this to my bar.
Love to get this at one of my local cigar bars. Pairs well with a variety of cigars! Beautiful color with lovely finish!
One of my favourites, strong but also smooth in the finish, vanilla and a little coffee taste with a sweet smell
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
Excelent rhum, vraiment tres bon, savoureux et doux en bouche
Sweet, smooth and a beautiful nose. One of my favourite rums.
Not strong, smooth and a taste of chocolat. I like it. Very good Rum. Price and Quality is excellent.
An incredibly smooth rum with less sweetness than many. Notes of cola and vanilla dominate with a slight caramel note.
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.
I have tried the 12, 18and 25 year olds and like most tasters this has it all.
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.
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 !!