95 points - The Wine Enthusiast, 2013
"Named for a wooden schooner famed for smuggling rum during Prohibition, this amber rum has a relatively light feel for a spirit aged a full 12 years. Flavors and aromas run to hazelnut, cookie dough, brown sugar and vanilla, pepped up with dark chocalate and espresso. Presented in a routund "onion" bottle modeled after an 18th-century design."
93 points - The Tasting Panel
Double Gold - SIP Awards
Gold - The Fifty Best
Top 50 Spirits of 2013 - Wine Enthusiast
Called one of the Best New Rums of 2013 by Liquor.com
KIRK AND SWEENEY was a wooden schooner, best known for smuggling rum from the Caribbean to the Northeast during the early years of Prohibition. In 1924, it was seized off the coast of New York with a massive amount of rum aboard. The schooner was subsequently re-named “Chase” and pressed into duty as a Coast Guard trainer, serving until the late 1940’s when it was retired and salvaged.
COLOUR: Deep mahogany.
NOSE: Presents a sweet aroma balanced heavily toward cane honey, with earthy sugar cane undertones, along with a hint of vanilla, luscious toasted oak, caramel and dried fruits.
PALATE: Initial taste reveals a nectar-sweet quality, leading to a weightier body that indicates substantially aged rum that’s serious in character but not overbearing. Light notes of vanilla and wood hit the palate transforming into an incredibly smooth offering.
FINISH: Bold, ripe, and sweet vanilla flavours evolve near the end, providing a smooth, long and luxurious finish.
12 year old rum crafted in the Dominican Republic from raw sugarcane, then aged for 12 years in American Oak barrels.
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"For 2015, one rum simply deserves a little extra recognition. Its name: Kirk and Sweeney." - article by Uncommon Caribbean (Nov 27, 2015)