Old Monk Gold Reserve

Owner

Manufacturer:

Mohan Meakin Ltd.

Price approx:

25

Origins

Terroir:

India

Regulations:

not specified

Classification

Style:

rest of the world, historical british

Gargano:

single modernist rum
raw material

Raw material:

molasses

distillation

Distillation:

multi-column stills

aging

Aging:

12 years in oak barrels

sugar added

Sugar added:

not specified

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:

42.8%

additives

Additives:

coloring caramel

Pretext

Mohan Meakin Limited did not invest in marketing and relied on a good reputation for decades ... until it fell competing for supremacy in India with McDowell's No.1. Until recently, Old Monk was the third most popular rum in the world. A truly Impressive achievement, even if the Indian domestic market alone counts several hundred million consumers.


The seven-year-old rum is a popular flagship. The twelve-year-old variation is an attempt to respond to the changing trends of the aspiring Indian middle class, which is rather moving towards premium whiskey. Meanwhile, Old Monk is not advertised because it has to defend itself. Marketing communication is lame; more information can be found on the website of the Estonian importer than on the manufacturer's website.

Procedure

India has a warm, subtropical climate. Mohan Meakin produces in three distilleries (and is struggling with distribution problems), using column distilled molasses as its base. The rum is aged in oak barrels.

Aroma
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Caramel meringue, artificial vanilla, almond oil, coconut.
— as examined by RumExam
Taste
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Hazelnut, bitter chocolate, brandy.
— as examined by RumExam
Afterburn
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Orange peel, almonds.
— as examined by RumExam
⁖Reviewed on: June 26th, 2020