Kirk and Sweeney 18 Caribbean Rum
CRAFTED FROM DOMINICAN SUGARCANE, AN ODE TO THE PIRATES OF PROHIBITION.
Kirk and Sweeney was a wooden schooner, best known for smuggling rum from the Caribbean to the Northeast during the early years of Prohibition.
"Wow there’s an entire symphony of aromas happening here!" – F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal
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 renamed “Chase” and pressed into duty as a Coast Guard trainer, serving until the late 1940’s when it was retired and salvaged.
An antique nautical map of the main east coast smuggling route is silkscreened around the circumference of the bottle, while the canvas sailcloth neck features the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC coat of arms and a vintage USCG citation. Along with the ornate logo and the safety seal printed to look like nautical brass, the design serves as a reminder of the risk so many were willing to take for a good taste of rum during the 1920’s. The bottle and the raised cork were inspired by the elegantly squat 18th-century onion bottles, which typically contained rum. These beautiful bottles were sometimes encased with hemp netting which could be used as a handle or to hang the bottle from a ship beam.
Handcrafted in the Dominican Republic, this rum adheres to the very strict regulations to be called “Dominican Rum”. The process begins with hand harvested, high quality sugarcane that is pure. The byproduct of the sugarcane, “Blackstrap Molasses” is then carefully fermented and distilled. The average aging of rum in the Caribbean is generally two years, Kirk and Sweeney is the rare exception. Aged eighteen years (non solera) in ex bourbon barrels in brick houses at the distillery, this is indeed a rum well worth pursuing.
Age: 12 years
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Distiller: 3 Badge Beverage Corporation, Sonoma, California
Family: Kirk and Sweeney rum, Uncle Val's gin, Pasote tequilla, Bozal mezcal, Bib & Tucker whiskey, Masterson's whiskey
Not available in: AL, KY, MA, MD, MS, ND, NH, NV, NY, PA, TX, UT, VT, WV
A kiss like standing barefoot in a field and making out with a sugar can
Candied almond and pipe tobacco on the tongue
A long, luxourius finish.