Old Monk

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Old Monk
Old Monk Label.jpg
Type Rum
Manufacturer Mohan Meakin
Country of origin India
Introduced 1954
Alcohol by volume 42.8%
Colour Dark Brown
Flavour Vanilla
Variants Old Monk Supreme Rum
Old Monk Gold Reserve Rum
Old Monk XXX Rum
Old Monk Deluxe XXX Rum
Old Monk White Rum

Old Monk commonly known as 'OMR' is an iconic vatted Indian dark rum, launched in 19th December 1954.[1] It is blended and aged for a minimum of 7 years. It is a dark rum with a distinct vanilla flavour, with an alcohol content of 40%. It is produced in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, available in all parts of India.

There is no advertising, its popularity depends on word of mouth and loyalty of customers.[2] However, Old Monk lost its rank as the largest selling dark rum in the world to McDowell’s No.1 Celebration Rum.[3] Old Monk has been the biggest Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) brand for many years.[4]

Old Monk was ranked 5th among Indian spirits brands in Impact International's 2008 list of "Top 100 Brands At Retail Value" with a retail value of US$240 million.[5]

It is sold in six size variants: 90 ml, 180 ml, 375 ml, 500ml, 750 ml, and 1 litre bottles.[citation needed] Old Monk had been awarded gold medals at Monde World Selections since 1982.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Old Monk was first introduced in India in the 1960s. Before Old Monk, there was Hercules rum that was distilled exclusively for the armed forces.[6] Superior in taste and perhaps even in quality to Hercules (as loyalists believe), the brand soon became one of the leading dark rums in the world and perhaps the most popular IMFL (Indian-Made Foreign Liquor) brand in the country. The affordable pricing strategy has also worked in their favor.[7] There was a time when Old Monk dominated the rum market. There were other brands also but none came close in quality or popularity. About eight million bottles were sold annually. Today the sales are a quarter of that and they continue to decline. There were recent rumours about Old Monk closing down but it's makers Mohan Meakin Ltd, assured that Old Monk is not going to be taken off market.[8]

Varieties[edit]

While the 7 years aged XXX rum grade is the most popular, there are Supreme & Gold Reserve varieties which are gaining in popularity. These are aged for 12 years and are blended with highly matured spirits. Supreme also comes in a special bottle, with the shape of a standing monk. The top part of the monk's head is the bottle cap, which also doubles up as a peg measure.There is a limited edition that has been launched in 2013. The number of years it has been aged is unclear, the box states "very old vatted". The 1 litre bottle is in the shape of the old monk's face.

  • Old Monk Supreme Rum
  • Old Monk Gold Reserve Rum
  • Old Monk XXX Rum
  • Old Monk Deluxe XXX Rum
  • Old Monk White Rum
  • Old Monk Legend - Limited Edition

Alcohol content[edit]

Like most other liquors produced in India, the percentage of ethanol in Old Monk is 42.8% ABV.[9]

Chasers (Mixers)[edit]

The most popular mixer with OMR is Thums Up. Old Monk is usually mixed with any kind of dark cola, soda or water and often with a twist of lime.

In India, Old Monk and water is a popular combination. Its widely believed that a small quantity with warm water may help to get relief from cough and cold which occurs with weather change,but there is no proof for it.[citation needed]

International[edit]

Old Monk is sold by some retailers in Russia, USA, UK, Japan, UAE, Estonia, Finland, New Zealand, and Canada.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Cult of Old Monk
    - GQ India(March 2012)
  2. ^ 5 Old Monk Mixes: Beyond Rum and Coke
    - CNN Travel (July 12, 2011)
  3. ^ [1]
    - Business Standard (April 18, 2012)
  4. ^ Old Monk rum losing steam as Celebration gains: Impact
    - Business Line (August 26, 2004)
  5. ^ http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2009-03-05/news/28410750_1_united-spirits-diageo-s-smirnoff-single-brand
  6. ^ "Old Monk lives on a prayer". Times of India. Times of India. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Old Monk Fans Can Sit Back and Relax, Their Favourite Brand is Going Nowhere". NDTV Food. NDTV. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Old Monk won’t die, assures manufacturer". Times of India. Times of India. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Old Monk Estonia Distributor Website