Sitting in the house during a blizzard is somewhat akin to waiting out a hurricane. At least in the fact that it’s a good reason to break out a bottle of rum and a few glasses to help pass the time until the digging out begins.
Old Monk is an Indian dark Rum, blended and aged for a minimum of 7 years. It is a dark rum with an alcohol content of 40%. It is produced in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and caught my eye with a cool bottle and sub $20 price tag.
This rum pours a beautiful dark amber color showing right away there is some dark molasses in there.
The nose is of sweet butterscotch and vanilla.
The first sip, neat as always, is sweet and smooth. There is considerable butterscotch and vanilla, but there are hidden notes of dry fig burnt sugar, honey and very little alcohol burn.
This rum is sweet and thick, but manages to finish dry and subtle.
Adding a splash of water opens up the vanilla quite a bit and morphs the butterscotch into more of a black strap molasses and maple flavor.
Seeing as how I picked this bottle up because Kahuna’s Chick decided it was a cool bottle, and it cost less than feeding the kids at McDonalds, I’m dancing a little pre-St. Patricks day jig!
Ending up this tasting session with my totally ghetto Rum Punch, I am just really impressed. I guess I didn’t expect much from an Indian Rum. I cannot say why. I’ve never heard anything bad about them... I was, perhaps, expecting curry and Chai? Who knows what gives a person preconceived thoughts about rum? I’m just very glad that I took this one on.
This is a very good rum, especially for the price! I would not call it “Top Shelf” but it is certainly good enough to sip neat, and it has a complex enough flavor profile to keep me working through it for some time.
I will not likely be satisfied until I’ve used this rum in every mixed drink I know, and mixing it with every liquid in the house.
On the ‘ol Kahuna scale of 1-10, I am rating this rum just over “try it if you see it!” I think it’s big enough to keep more seasoned rum guys happy, but approachable enough for someone just trying to get into rum. And I can totally see me and a few “Pirate” friends pillaging a bottle of Old Monk XXX during a night on the town!
Have a great weekend and be safe!