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Old Monk Rum Review

old monk rumWith National Rum Day quickly approaching (it’s August 16th) we’ve broken out our bottle of Old Monk Rum, a 7-year-old vatted dark rum hailing from India. Though it doesn’t get much notice stateside, it’s one of the best-selling rums in the world, and it’s India’s biggest liquor brand. Aside from the 7-year expression, Old Monk also produces a 12-year-old rum.

On the nose, Old Monk is sweet, with notes of vanilla, molasses and butterscotch. Take a sip and it offers lots of caramel, plus some spice and dried herbs. Given the initial hit of sweetness, it finishes fairly quick and dry.

Sipped neat, it’s adequate but not terribly compelling. Cocktail wise, however, Old Monk makes a lovely daiquiri. As expected, it tastes quite different from a crisp, refreshing daiquiri made with white rum. Instead, the Old Monk lends its sweet, buttery characteristics to the cocktail for a deeper, richer drink.

Also, it’s cheap. And has an appreciation society on Facebook that’s 1,500 members strong.

Stats:
– 40% Alcohol by Volume (internationally: 42.2%)
– $16

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Written by Kevin Gray

14 Comments

  1. Clara · August 14, 2011

    India makes rum? Had no idea.. I always associate rum with islands and pirates.. no? ha

    I’ll have to look for this the next time i’m booze shopping.

  2. Kartik · September 19, 2011

    This is the best Rum ever. New Delhi winter is incomplete without Old Monk!

  3. Badshah · November 22, 2011

    This is the legendry rum since 1857 and as india produces sugarcane in abundance of best quality this shows in this rum all my life v been drinking old monk as it is the best

  4. John Ahrens · March 7, 2012

    The legendry Old Monk Rum from India. Is only good for Hard Core Alcoholic’s! Compared to other rums India’s Old Monk is pure 100% Rot Gut! The only thing worse is India Scotch!

  5. Cocktail Enthusiast · March 9, 2012

    John – to each his own, of course. We maintain that Old Monk is pretty smooth, and you can’t beat that price. It’s fairly popular in cocktail bars and rum bars, so it has fans beyond just us. If you get the chance, give it another try. We highly recommend that daiquiri.

    • John Ahrens · March 9, 2012

      Cocktail – I have been going back and forth to India for 18 yrs and have had the displeasure of drinking Old Monk many times. There is nothing good or smooth about it.
      It is only smooth if you don’t know any better.
      As a very good Indian friend told me: You don’t give a dog good food and that way it wont expect it. I think is the same with you selling Old Monk Rum and for the price. You get what you pay for!
      PS. I do bring back a bottle every now and then to let my friends have a taste, to prove how bad it tastes and out of 20 people who have tried it. 20 people say it is just bad Rum.

      • OLDMONK · April 2, 2012

        Keep buying it to prove your point. You love to buy the product because you dislike it soo much. It is the 2nd largest selling rum by case volume in the world.

        • Tom · April 8, 2012

          John probably works for Bacardi or something. Don’t pay attention to him.

          • John Ahrens · April 15, 2012

            Sorry to disappoint you guy’s. I never said I bought any. I said I have had the displeasure of drinking it many times. If the function I was at did not have a much superior Indian Rum like Hercules. Which buy the way is a much superior Rum and has only been available to the public for a sort time. No I don’t work for Bacardi. I am only comparing Indian made Spirits.

  6. John Ahrens · April 15, 2012

    I will say again. Only a Cheep Alcoholic would willingly drink Old Monk. There are Much better Rum’s made in India that are Smoother and Taste better. But they cost a little more. Again if a Dog does not know better!

  7. Clark griswold · July 29, 2012

    Let’s see.
    #2 best selling rum.
    The negative reviews remind me of Yogi Berra telling a reporter that no one went to a night club anymore because it was too crowded.

  8. Mupwi · November 29, 2012

    I brought 3 bottles of rum back from India on my last trip old monk Hercules and mc dowls I found old monk was the best surpassing captain Morgan that we get here in South Africa and Hercules was like drinking methylated spirits

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  10. Alok Porwal · October 29, 2013

    Try Khukri Rum from Nepal. In all a taste of honey and delightful fragrance. Must try!!

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