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masterson’s whiskey rye wheat barley uncle val’s botanical gin kirk and sweeney rum
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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.

AromaThis deep mahogany colored rum 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.

TasteInitial taste reveals a nectar-sweet quality,
leading to a weightier body that indicates sub-
stantially 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.

FinishBold, ripe, and sweet vanilla flavors evolve near the end,
providing a smooth, long and luxurious finish.

where’s that sweetness come from?
Being a traditional Caribbean rum, Kirk and Sweeney is made with sugar cane, which along with some other trade secrets, yields a distinct and subtle sweet, vanilla oak taste.
the rum line
At the beginning of Prohibition, boats could legally stow rum as long as they were three nautical miles off the U.S. coast. In popular smuggling destinations, one could typical see several boats anchored on what became known as the “Rum Line.”
ingenuity
Smugglers often used speedboats as tenders, which were outfitted with surplus WWI aircraft engines to ensure they could outrun the coast guard when they ferried the booze to shore.