The Schtick: This is an interesting rum product that is produced in India. It bears an age statement of 7 years and is bottled at 40% ABV, so it’s not a win all around. For $17 locally, I decided to give it a go.
“Old Monk is a classic 7 years blended rum from India. Old Monk Indian rum is the most popular dark (also called black) rum has a distinctive, inviting, and almost sweet aroma and delicious vanilla caramel flavor. Old Monk rum has won Gold Medals at Monde World Selections since 1982. It is kind of a form of the legendary “Som-ras”, India’s centuries old scriptures also known as “The drink of Gods and Lords” in India.” – WineGlobe
This is undoubtedly colored and likely dosed, but for the sticker price, I couldn’t resist.
Distiller: Solan Brewery, Mohan Mestin Limited (India)
Bottler: Solan Brewery, Mohan Mestin Limited (India)
ABV: 40% ABV
Age: 7 Years
Nose: Sweet maple, almost bourbon-y. Molasses, sweet sticky caramel candies. Mild funk, woody, faint tobacco. Sweet sugar, raisin bread. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.
Taste: thin, no heat. Syrupy sweet, raisin bread, tobacco, cocoa. It’s sweet but not crazy on the dosing. Lots of cherry, cocoa, tobacco.
Finish: Short, sweet, cocoa, maple, brown sugar, bready.
Overall: This is fine enough. It’s not crazy complex but it’s also not offensive in any way. It performed well neat, on the rocks and in a variety of cocktails. It won’t blow you away, but I don’t think it was ever intended to.
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