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Old 05-28-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Had a friend bring me back a bottle of Old Monk from a recent trip to India. The bottle she brought me back was actually labeled for distribution to their armed forces only (not for retail sale). Did not know there were governments out that still supplied alcohol to their troops. Got home and took a small sample...the smell was quite strong of coffee, carmel and molasess. The taste was pretty smooth with a real short quick finish of artificial sweetner of some sort. Could not really pick up any other flavors in it. Will have to visit it again. My wife really liked it but I did not care for it.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:57 PM   #2
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Bluewave, when I first had Old Monk, years ago, I found it manipulated, for lack of a better description. I, too, tasted an odd sweetening of the rum. I believe that you put your finger on it with the word "artificial". I have to say that I do business in India 2 times each year and have some found memories of drinking it, though!
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:30 AM   #3
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I have a bottle of Old Monk myself. I think it is the standard version.

I also find it artificial. Seems like an artificial caramel or vanilla flavor or something in there, and yes, the aftertaste is really short. I never found it pleasant to sip on, but a mixed drink hides its flaws and it is a cool novelty item.

I'm not disappointed I bought it, but I doubt I'd ever buy it again.

Of course if I was in India I'd drink it.
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:25 PM   #4
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Had a friend bring me back a bottle of Old Monk from a recent trip to India. The bottle she brought me back was actually labeled for distribution to their armed forces only (not for retail sale). ................................Could not really pick up any other flavors in it. Will have to visit it again. My wife really liked it but I did not care for it.
Hi, it is a good thing that you got a military rum as it is known or any military rum. The good thing about military rum is that is the best than a retail one, coz you can trust that it is original. you can try this if you go to india and lay hand on various old monks viz .,military vs retail vs bar. Old Monk is like God rum in India and one of the hardest that few would dare to drink( appreciate that your wife likes it) I like to drink it with Thums-Up(a variant of coke from coca-cola in India) and ice.

And not that rum/alchohol is distributed to the military, it is subsidised like many other goods(food,clothes,shoes,toiletries,etc.(CSD services)) which is available only for the defense personnel. So most/all goods have a label on it,like the one you got saying -FOR DEFENSE SERVICES ONLY- or things like that,so that it cannot/should not be sold in retail market(evading tax due to it being heavily subsidised),,,,thanks...
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:17 PM   #5
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i was given a bottle of this for my b-day and i really liked it. it mixed well and the after taste was ok. i have been so busy trying to buy rum that is not available in wyoming, that i forgot about this rum. i am going to have to buy a bottle next time i go the store. i would like to see the label of the bottle that you are talking about in the blog. im in the military and kinda apreciate that kind of stuff.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:31 PM   #6
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Good one ! it is brewed in India by Mohan Meakins and if you know someone from the defense in India you should be able to lay your hands on it///not sure how do you get it out of India-cause you dont want to get caught with it
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:52 PM   #7
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I find this to be a good rum for mixing. Has a great butter rum nose to it like no other I have had. An old Navy buddy turned me onto it and I keep one in the bar at all times (if I can find any).
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