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I bought this at New Delhi airport duty free and was sure 20 USD for 1 liter of positively reviewed rum is a steal, until I tasted it. Not enjoyable for sipping at all. Has a strong aftertaste I can't pinpoint, and it's not pleasant. No issue with sweetness and not all that harsh. It's just that foul aftertaste. I'll update my review once I try to mix it with Coke, but I normally drink rum neat, so that's not a priority.
BTW, the bottle is very nice, but why not invest a few more rupees for a better looking cap and labels?
I can't profess to be an expert but I'm guessing that the great age of this has also made it boring. The flavour was heavy with molasses & somewhat flat. There was no spiciness or complexity of aftertaste.
It was drinkable & improved when opened up with a little water or ice but I personally wouldn't ask for it or buy it myself.
Drank a lot of this in India as it seemed to be the best available and brought a bottle home. I sip it occasionally but not my favourite by any means. A bit harsh with lingering aftertaste.
Drank this in Goa. Nice bottle. Cheap cap.
Caramel and Toffee smell.
More coffee and hints of chocolate in taste. Nothing harsh. Pretty smooth finish.
Taste more like an after dinner liquor that is a bit too sweet.
Who knew there was such a thing as Indian rum? So my wife recently went to India and came back with this. I read some previous ratings and was little nervous to taste. Smelled decent, more on the sweet side as I prefer. Taste was exactly as it vanilla, cocoa, sugary, but was not too sweet and finished decent. Certainly not the best I've had but grateful to try something I would probably never seen. I think it cost $5US, how can you go bad? Not sure if it's available stateside, I've never seen it anywhere. If it is would love to see what it costs.
The bottle is very original. But the glass and cork are shameful for the 21-year-old rum. The aroma is loud coffee confectionery sharp. There is nothing particularly original in the taste. Of course it is oily, round, sweet and burning hard. The finish is ripe orange and an unpleasant burp. Coordination worsens greatly.
Hard to believe that this is a rum you pay about 40 Euros for (in Austria). It's hardly better than Inländer Rum, and Inländer Rum is synthetic shit. Maybe i will pour this one in my pepsi, if i have a bad day…
I found a bottle of this along with the Old Monk XXX which I also liked. As expected, this is smoother, and I found it better.
Smells and tastes of sugar, spice, and vanilla. A very good tasting rum at only $29/liter (2019 price).
Yeah, I purchased this bottle , having tasted the old monk supreme.
This is much refined similar to the alcohol found in higher distillates. A light palate, not quite like other traditional rums, and lacks the flavors of molasses/caramel. Some expect that in rum. However if i did a blind tasting, people would say its some soft of Irish whiskey or Rye / sour mash.
The tasting was done with 3 other friends , who were left with the same reaction of " WOW , Rum, I cannot believe it, Its so smooth"
This is not your traditional rum, Pairs well with maduro or lighter cigars. No headache/hangover issues as found in liquor containing lower distillates. I throughly enjoyed it, neat, no ice , no mixer, no cola. That's the best way to sip and smoke and relax.
What a disappointment and what a hard bottle to find here in the US. Smell is offputting but quite mild, color is nice dark but hardly any legs so indication that very little sugar in it, but the taste test was a shocker. Old Monk The Legend tastes like a damp wet cellar and very woody. Maybe the barrel was all moldy, who knows, but struggles to score even a 4.
as far as old monk goes they are all good. slowly went from XXX to Supreme and now the Legend.
The legend is way more oaky than i thought. and it being aged the spices isnt really there. still a great rum but i perfer the other varations. love the bottle though
I was given this really cool bottle having asked a good friend to bring me a bottle of Old Monk rum back from India. Love the bottle, it looks more like an old Roman Statesman, not a monk. The taste could be more interesting, so I am tempted to infuse this bottle with a hint of spices.
Serious molasses, a little too think and coats the mouth. Opens up with water and has a nice spice and hunt of cinnamon but still very sweet with a little sour aftertaste. Not my favorite but interesting rum and worth a taste
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