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Any rating lower than a 9 for this rum is nonsense! It's a godsend...and King of the Agricoles!
Oak, vanilla, and caramel are the dominant flavors with hints of brown sugar, molasses and maple syrup. The nose is almost candy-like. It finishes like silk, smooth and luxurious with no bite at all and with a pleasant tobacco note. This is not a hot or spicy rum and despite its 23 years in a barrel the conspicuous tobacco note is not burnt or foul tasting, more like a very well maintained high quality cigar. It has a deep cherry wood color and a thick, rich body that sticks to the glass. This rum needs to breathe a bit before drinking, I say at least a half hour. The next day I chilled it in my freezer and it was amazing, more candy like.
This is a sipping rum and I know its not the smartest thing to do with a rum such as this but if you add it to Coke you'll have Vanilla Coke with a kick! I'll be buying this rum again next week... I'm glad to have taken this one off my wish list. For $42 a bottle this rum is actually under priced!
Edit: I've always said the best way to really get into a rum and discover its character is to get hammered off of it! I did that this weekend. I woke up and there was that beautiful tobacco note lingering in my nose and the taste of vanilla beans in my mouth. Then, three hours and two Gatorades later I got out of bed. Yes, this is a very fine rum...but it delivers a crippling hangover! Play with caution.
This is a delicious rum from start to finish. Somewhat sweet with nice butterscotch tones to it. Does make my tongue tingle. This has joined Vizcaya VXOP & Plantation XO 20th Anniversary as my official sipping rums. I place this third in line because although I would be hesitant to use this in Coke Zero or as a mixer, the butterscotch and toffee undertones would really be an asset. So consider this a hugely delicious versatile rum.
Found a bottle of this recently. It is thee best drink I've ever had. Let it breath for 15-20 minutes. It is similar to the 12 year old, which I reviewed as my "new go to," but the flavors are more incredible, it's smoother, and it is a beautiful rich mahogany color. It is slightly but not overly sweet. There are hints of oak, vanilla, tobacco, banana, and other fruits. I prefer it with ONE ice cube, which I won't call on the rocks, but giving full disclosure. It is hard to find, but if you can find it buy it. If I could have 3 oz of this every night I would consider myself in heaven.
Sugar: 2 to 5 gpl. The 23 year old is sweeter, more complex and is a darker tone of mahogany than the 12 year old. The 23 has a lot more aroma and taste with a much longer finish. You can tell from the smell and taste that is has spent a lot more time in the barrel. Molasses, pecans, caramel, vanilla, and plums or apricots, are tastes and smells that I found. The surprising thing is that the 23 year old is just a few dollars more than the 12 year old, but. Skip the 12 year old and go for the 18 or the 23 year old version. Personally I prefer the 18 year old version.
K&S 23 is my absolute favorite rum so far. You won't find anything as deliciously complex at this price point (~$55). I'm traditionally a bourbon drinker, but this bottle called to me one day and opened up another world. Toffee, oak, tobacco, dried fruits, caramel, mild spice...it's got it all. The finish is long and velvety smooth and leaves a smile on your face every time. No ice, no water, and definitely no mixer needed. The following rums are comparable in price point but no where near as good: Zafra 21, El Dorado 15, Ron Zacapa 23, Brugal 1888, Rhum Barbancourt 15, Flor de Caña 18, and a bunch of unforgettables.
Was looking forward to this having tried the 12 and loved it. The taste was beyond good, the reason I didn't give a 9 is that is had a more harsh finish than I would have expected, sipping it neat and rocks Guess what though, still finished the bottle. Found a local store selling it for $40, $7 less than I paid, so I'll be getting it again
. . . It's so close in taste and quality to the 18 year. Don't pay a lot more for this than that but if you're only talking a couple bucks difference then sure. This is a great rum. I gave the 18 year a 9 by rounding it up from 8.5, this is probably a true 9.
it was definitely on my wishlist, my friend managed to deliver it at last through www.whisky4you.eu
As we opened the bottle,we had high expectations.The rum is very hyped and not existent in shops in Europe.
First we thought we have a dram of a Quater-cask whisky,but not of a good kind. Bitter,almost not enjoyable.We thought it's a faulty batch,or the cork was maybe too old and too much air destroyed the aromas.
But we sought a 2.chance,fairly. So we let it breathe for a hour or so. And voilá- the horrible bitter oak vanished and a true great Dominican appeared. Caramel,molasses,christmas spice on the palete,the oaky bitterness was present but formed a good unity with the other aromas. So this is maybe the first rum i tasted which really changes a lot after breathing.The rating of 7 is because of the first disappointing experience,else it would be a strong 8
The aroma was even better than the flavour....ok nearly. Silky smooth with banana, vanilla and butterscotch. A saver for special moments.
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 these!
Dominicans rum, dark honey color.
Nice smell, sweet vanilla flavors taste.
Very good drinkable spirit .
Complex and smooth with a a little smoky firiness months throat. I find that the 18 is slightly smoother, but at the cost of complexity. Both are remarkable rums however.
Purchased after sampling the 18 year old. Orderered from Amazon at £49.54 prime next day delivery. Kirk and Sweeney rums are well priced. Aged in the dominican republic and bottles in Fairfield, California. This bottle is a 750ml US whereas the 18 was a 700ml (may be differences in vendor).
I find the 23 a wonderful sipper on its own it has a fruity, nutty, butterscotch nose, it's a wonderful aroma. The flavours in the mouth of the sip are sherry and forest fruit, caramel and slightly nutty, there are many other things going on in this rum and I can't quite put my finger on it, it's just delicious; there is however a slight firiness on the throat but a cube of ice solves that.
Wonderfully smooth and beautifully complex and at £50 a bottle it's a steal easily comparable to the Eldorado 21 year which is priced around the £80 mark.
Ce rhjm sur des notes de canne de caramel et de vanille se rzpproche d un brugal 1888 el dorado 15 et d un admiral rodney mais avec sa touche.bien fait et bien equilibré il ne vaut pas à mon sens un opthimus 25 et meme 21.il n a pas ce coté unique.par contre a 52e il a un bon rapport qualité prix.Et c est surement une des plus belles bouteilles de ma collection.note 8.6.A acheter si possible....
Not as good as the K&S 18 year old which not only is less expensive but nicer on the nose and mouth. The finish is a bit flat.
Nice rum just to sip on pour some over a little bit ice very good rum and
Russ said it all in ‘I’m in love’.
Just cracked my first bottle and wow. Such complexity. The vanilla dances around the tongue. Rather dry. An amazing rum. The K&S 12 is delightful for one so relatively young but this 23 is simply stunning. I have a bottle of the 18 staring at me. Mmmmmmm. Compare and contrast? Perhaps not this evening. On the other hand........
This rum has a full body taste. It can be served at room temperature or chilled. It has a nice taste upon entrance but the back end has a little bit of a bitter undertone.
Scored an offer at Binny’s. For 39.99 is one of the best runs out there. Hopefully it will stay under the radar, so we’ll can enjoy it more
One of the smoothest rums I’ve tried. Not overly sweet with vanilla on the nose, through to leather and candied fruit on the palate. Light finish and no burn at all.
Duft af vanilie og smag af karamel med mange smagsnuancer. En virkelig god rom. Meget tæt på 10. Kan muligvis få det ved næste smagning. (Så smagte jeg den igen, og det er virkelig en topklasse rom)
This is a wonderful rum. Somewhat sweeter than the Kirk & Sweeney 18 year. Distinct molasses and brown sugar. Sweet, but quite complex. Excellent value.
This is the one of the easiest sipping rums i've had. Excellent for beginners.
Edit: As of 5 days later I found this rum is lacking a bit I changed my rating to a 7 it's easy enough to sip but gets old after a few glasses.
Ein netter Rum zum Feierabend. Ganz lecker, viel Alkohol.
En lo personal creo que este Kirk and Sweeney es un buen ron, sin embargo no llega a ser tan bueno como esperaba; el aroma que desprende es interesante algo dulce, y ligeramente se puede sentir el tabaco; al probarlo tiene un sabor agradable, un poco dulce, matices de frutados y tabaco, sin embargo a mi parecer es un poco ligero, como que le falta densidad. El color es muy bueno, es caoba claro.