Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year Old Rum

Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year Old Rum

(0.75l, 40%)

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Time to set sail.

Let’s be clear. Sonoma County in California is first and foremost wine country. August Sebastiani, the president of 3 Badge Beverages, is a fourth-generation member of one of its oldest wine families. Based in this fertile valley along the rugged Pacific coastline, the company, you guessed it – produces wine. Lately, they’ve broadened their portfolio to Spirits as well. Happy times.

Their commitment to craftsmanship and a deep connection to the family history transcend the make of the drink. The company offices are held in the same fire station Sebastiani’s grandfather helped build and where he volunteered. Their spirits division named Mixology includes the Rum brand Kirk and Sweeney, named after the wooden schooner best known for smuggling Rum from the Caribbean to the United States during Prohibition. With a load full of liquor, Kirk & Sweeney was seized off the coast of New York. Yikes. A good story doesn’t necessarily imply a good product, but in this case, it does. The adjective good doesn’t do it justice either. In fact, it’s one of the best artisan Rums on the market.

Of course, every fleet needs a flagship, so to say. Kirk and Sweeney 23 YO is the cream of the crop. Not just among the Kirk and Sweeney lineup but overall. The Rum is crafted in the Dominican Republic from raw sugar cane and aged for 23 years in American oak casks. A treasure from stem to stern, matey. Trust us or trust the awards, but this is as rich and complex Rum as you’re gonna get. Taste is subjective, of course, but if you like good Rum, it’s safe to say you’ll really appreciate this one. Even after you’re done with it.

What does that mean? Well, the unique bottle, even empty, belongs on a mantelpiece. But the cargo inside is even more alluring and desirable. After almost a quarter of a century spent in a barrel, the Spirit is fully matured and ready to be enjoyed. From nose to finish, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better Rum on the market. Time to set sail! 
  • Category
  • Style
    Dark Rum
  • Region
    Santiago de los Caballeros
  • Country
    Dominican Republic
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
    23 Year Old

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

toasted oak
What does Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year Old Rum taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year Old Rum and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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A little bit of etymology; nobody really knows where the word Rum comes from. Most popular suggestions are: Rum (the Romani word for potent), Rumbullion (an uproar), Saccharum (sugar in Latin), Rummer (a Dutch drinking glass).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Dried fruits, tobacco and chocolate notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Coffee, honey with a hint of cinnamon.

Smooth and decadent.
Ratings & Reviews
Absolutely smooth, with delicious flavors that make you want to take sip after sip. I seek mainly things that I can just drink straight, and this is perfect for that!
After reading many of the reviews, I think there is an underlying detail that is not noticed.... most people have never really had an aged rum that is treated in the same respect (aging) as whisky and bourbons and this may be the first time they have experienced a true rum. The world of rum is often overlooked as it is just "rum", yet the offerings are as varied as anything in the bourbon/whiskey/whisky world. This is a sublime bottle that is just too sweet for me, but is an excellent example of what is capable from a master rum maker.
Super sweet and definitely what an aged rum is expected to taste like. Slightly bitter finish and at 80pr, lacking the punch i'd expect. Highly drinkable and enjoyable.
Very smooth and sweet. A strong honey aroma with hints of vanilla. I could sip on this rum all day long. This is my # 1 in the rum category.
Has a very strong note of vanilla, which in turn has a very smooth flavor. The end is a little but smoky but nothing overwhelming. Easily one of my favorites.
Great bottle!
Fully capable of awakening the warming elves on a cold rainy day deep in the dark forest. A lovely subtle lingering smile.
Incredible rum, not too sweet, fantastic finish and taste.
Very enjoyable, smooth drink, again the flavor spiral is dead on.
This really is a phenomenal spirit. I say "spirit", because the artisans at Kirk and Sweeney have crafted a phenomenal product that would likely satisfy even the most refined rum or whiskey aficionado's palate. The flavor profile put forth by Flaviar is spot on and it is truly delicious. The value really is incredible as it stands up well to drinks that sell for twice the price. Very good neat, but also makes one heck of an old fashioned. I made one using a teaspoon of demerara syrup (instead of a cube and water or simple syrup) and chocolate and orange bitters. It was phenominal.
Fantastic aged rum, everything that you'd expect. The nose shows caramel, vanilla, baking spice, dried fruit, chocolate, honey and toffee woven into harmonious balance. The elegant mouthfeel gracefully displays these flavors in a quiet reveal then build into richer tones of leather and baked fruit. The finish is a simple fade of the flavors with coffee notes that linger with the baking spice.
Excellent sipping rum! Not overly sweet, finishes fairly dry with a hint of burnt sugar bitterness. Has a wonderful vanilla bean taste on the palate.
I think this rum is a victim of its own long-term aging. It reminds me of a Colorado whiskey called Breckenridge, which has a similar overpowering wood flavor but not in a good way. The front end is a bit like chewing on a pencil. Not a fan at this price point.
I absolutely loved it. Truth be told, I’ve never been a rum aficionado, but I was tempted by this bottle. It is sublime.
Loved this bottle will purchase another
simply one of the best rums i have ever had!
Most amazing! Full-bodied, flavorful, rich, and at the price it has become my go-to festive drink.
Not often I give full stars, but this rum is astounding.
My favorite rum thus far. Smooth and taste of oak with vanilla.
Absolutely the smoothest rum ever. Worth every penny. Rivals some of the best Scotch, Bourbons and Cognacs.
I feel I should give a fake rating of 1 star - I don't want people to learn how good this is in fear it'll breed competition for me to get more...
A good mix of sweet caramel sugar flavor and warmth with some nice vanilla notes.
A very good rum. I must confess...I had this one after the Dictador XO Solera Insolent so perhaps I was a bit distracted. A good dram, but I found myself partial to the Dictador!
The 23 yo Kirk and Sweeney is hands down the finest rum I've ever had. It rivals fine Scotches in complexity and depth. It is as smooth as a babies butt. The only problem I have is keeping some on the shelf. Like I said, it is smooth.
its a smooth aged rum with hints of vanilla and honey. A great drink to cap the off a hard day
Hey honey, where’s the Kirk and Sweeney 23? Oh, I finished that while you were gone, it was just sooo good.... I can’t keep this bottle on the bar, it’s so tasty that it’s quick to disappear.
First real rum I've ever tried. I'm more of scotch person. But this is fantastic... and the bottle is gorgeous. Makes for a great gift. I with I could get a 20+ year-old Scotch for this price.
Enjoying this rum very much. Unique bottle shape has a great visual appeal when pouring out for friends, and some deep flavors evolve as you drink it. Many will agree on base flavors of honey or cinnamon, vanilla floats in there as well, but it will hit everyone a little different. It is a rich and complex libation that can be appreciated from initial aroma all the way through the last sip. Definitely get some... no, wait, don't get a bottle, that way I can have it. Forget my review, I want to be selfish.
This is the most decadent rum I’ve had! The coffee chocolate and cinnamon dance on your palate and a deeeep heat follows that makes you warm all over. It’s the best rum I’ve ever had and plan on sticking with it!
Not quite the smoothest rum I've tried; however, it is pretty darn close...especially for a 23-year old. Rich honey and subtle vanilla undertones make this a very drinkable choice for sipping or including with your favorite blend. The bottle is unique too, which is what initially caught my eye.
Just fantastic. Silky smooth flavorful and happily complex.
Delicious with a vanilla finish.
Downright incredible. The aroma is the best I've ever found in a rum and the entire tasting experience is wonderful. Vanilla, toffee, brown sugar - all evident.
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