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Úvodem trocha převzatého povídání okolo této značky:
"Kirk and Sweeney" byl název dřevěného škuneru, který byl vyhlášený v pašování rumu z karibské oblasti do Spojených států během prvních let Velké Prohibice v USA. Obvykle těsně předtím, než vplul do vod Spojených států, škuner Kirk and Sweeney zakotvil na tzv. „Rum Line“ (okraji vod spadajících do jurisdikce USA) a prodával rum menším lodím, které zastavily po jeho boku Menší lodě byly rychlejší a ovladatelnější než flotila pobřežní stráže a pašovaly pak rum na břeh. Legendárnímu škuneru se stal osudný rok 1924, kdy byl pobřežní stráží zajat s velkou nakládkou skvělého karibského rumu, poté přejmenován na „Chase“ a až do pozdních 40.let sloužil potřebám US Coast Guard.
Rum je vyráběný z té nejlepší, ručně sklízené čerstvé cukrové třtiny v malých šaržích a zraje v amerických dubových sudech minimálně po dobu vyznačenou na láhvi, tedy celých 18 let (nejedná se tedy o typičtější metodu Solera).
Alkohol: 40 %
Původ: Dominikánská republika
Aroma: Kůže, nasládlé koření, kapky proti kašli, skořice, hřebíček, lékořice, včelí plástve. Aroma není zrovna mohutné, vůně mi přijde trochu uzavřená. (85 b)
Chuť: Vcelku suchý, hodně vystupuje broušená kůže, trocha koření, hřebíček, včelí plástve. V dochuti větrovost, dřevo a tmavá čokoláda. (87 b)
Shrnutí: Ochutnán vzorek koupený v českolipském baru Egypt. Příjemný rum, pohodový, relaxační. Doma mám lahev jeho dvanáctiletého stájového kolegy.
I have been a K&S Fan since first buying a bottle. This 18 did not fail to step up. Very well balanced and a true pleasure to partake in. Good price point at around $45. Great bang for your buck.
Smooth and good balance, not too heavy. It is good caramel, vanilla, buttercake with clove flavor.
There is only one problem. Cap is hard to open and close with only cork.This is not wine....
Not quite as nice as the 23yo, but still a very good drink with much of the same characteristics.
A little on the pricey side but I really enjoyed it!
Dry, nice burn with a very strong cocoa aftertaste. Taste could be a bit more intense.
Nose: vanilla and caramel. Taste: oaky and spice. Hardly any burn. Definite rival to the 23yr. High recommend.
I have previously had the Kirk and Sweeney 12 year, which I enjoyed and rated with an 8. I give this 18 year variety a 9, because it takes it to the next level and really makes a smoother finer version of this rum. Great flavor for a fan of sweeter rums like myself, and this version has very little alcoholic bite at all. It's very smooth going down. This is now one of my favorites.
...really, really good stuff. Within the Kirk and Sweeney family only topped by the 23 years old one.
Weak and strange flavoring. I don’t get the all the love for Kirk and Sweeney.
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.
One of my favourites, strong but also smooth in the finish, vanilla and a little coffee taste with a sweet smell
Probablemente el ron con el mejor balance que conozco. Delicioso, muy frutado y mucha dulzura. Suave en nariz y boca. Uno de mis favoritos, y la botella con su gruesa base me encanta. Un regalo dominicano.
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.
Fantastic on the nose, with the vanilla scent coming through. Front end heat gives way to a very smooth supper. I recommend letting your bottle air out a bit after the first decorking. I left the cork off for about a half hour and then poured and enjoyed with a single ice cube which really allowed for the deeper flavors to come out. Really a quality rum. I personally like the 23 year old better because the flavors are more even and the slight taste of oak is slightly more pronounced, but I think it’s a matter of preference. I DID throw back half a bottle while at a recent gathering friends, so I guess that says something. Buy with confidence.
Impressive bottle, darker colour of rum
nice smell with vanilla and butterscotch
taste is sweet, at first moment vanilla, later old wooden taste. very interesting,
old rum ( not solera method) with specific taste....
The younger brother to this rum is K&S 12 Year and was one of the very first rums that I reviewed on this site. I was very impressed at first, especially for it being so cheap. Then after three weeks, flavors of leather dominated. At that point, I bid farewell to K&S. I also figured that most of the cost goes into the fancy bottles, so that had me wondering just how cheap was the rum inside.
I have decided to give them a second chance with this 18 year old dry rum. The aroma is caramel with a faint hint of leather. On the tongue, it is peppery and thin because of only 4 gpl of added sugar. The after taste is caramel with a faint hint of leather and some complex Caribbean spices. There is no after burn. So far so good. I will check it again in about 3 weeks to see if the same thing happens to this one as what happened to my long gone 12 year old.
Update October 15, 2018: This is a good day for rum tastings since it is pouring down rain outside. It is now one day shy of the three week window that I had originally promised to allow. Guess what? This bottle has not turned into a leather bomb like the K&S 12 did. It is still very enjoyable and worthy of it's 8 rating that I originally gave it.
Update April 22, 2019: For fans of this K&S 18, the aroma and taste is very similar to South Bay Batch 18, also from the Dominican Republic. However, the after taste of the South Bay blows the woody after taste of this one out of the water. Give that one a try if you like this one. I have to special order my supply of South Bay rums to be picked up locally, but they are worth the trouble.
Update May 7, 2019: For those of you who still have the old bottles of K&S with them being widest at the top, KEEP THEM as they will soon become collector's items!!! The new bottles are totally round and look like rum versions of Chambord Liqueur. I kid you not! I at first criticized my bottle of K&S 12 as being hard to pour and needing two hands. At least the cork fits tight and the bottle is unlikely to spill on a rocking boat out to sea! After having a lot a very bad rum bottle designs, those original K&S bottles are for keeps! Hang on to them.
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.