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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 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.
I have tried the 12, 18and 25 year olds and like most tasters this has it all.
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.
Excelent rhum, vraiment tres bon, savoureux et doux en bouche
One of the most disappointing rums I have had. I wouldn't say it was the worst rum I've ever had, but it certainly didn't seem a good one either. It seemed very under par for the press and build up it got.
Perhaps the clue is in the price...it's in a fancy bottle (which must be a chunk of the cost), it's supposed to be 18 years old and yet it only costs roughly £45...so maybe £40 for the rum and £5 for the bottle then...maybe even more for that bottle? Most 15 year old rums, let alone 18, cost at least a tenner more than that..hmmm
The nose was vanilla and sugar with a hint of cheap perfume; the taste was sugar and caramel, a subtle hint of violet cream in the background and a strongish alcohol burn that was a little insipid in the act of warming. The afertaste is quickly gone and is vanilla and caramel... and again that sort of cheap perfumey taste - violet, geranium, patchouli...dunno. I have previously only encountered a perfume-like quality in Pink Pigeon...I didn't like that either, but at least it was more fitting in a vanilla spiced rum aimed mainly at ladies.
If I had to sum this up, I'd say it's like a "premium rum" with someone deliberately adding a bland sweetener and sucking out some of the taste to make it as insipid as you can get away with whilst still being able to call it a "premium." I know there are many on here who like this a lot...but more than an other rum I've tried on here, I just don't get it. I can honestly see why some folk rave about Don Papa more than they do about this. The more I drank this, the more I really disliked it. I had to go and drink somethink else after it to remove the taste.
Pusser's, El Dorado, La Hechicera to name but three are several times more interesting. No contest.
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.
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.
Really nice rum with a smooth taste and a softness that is fantastic.
A good value rum with enjoyable oak flavors. A 6.5 on my scale.
It’s a good rum with a lot of flavor and a little bite. However, I would say it is priced in the market where there are other brands and choices to consider that are comparable and even better.
Great rum, smooth vanilla smell. Very little bite with a not overly sweet taste
A very nice aroma of toffee, vanilla and a little bit of oak. A really great aroma.
This rum is very smooth. In mouth you get vanilla and toffee. This rum is not too sweet and not too dry, great balance. The aftertaste is short with a little bit of oak and mild spice.
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!
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 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.