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Old Monk: Pegged Forever Sunday, 15 February, 2009

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High & DryPrologue

Its very interesting to note that most of my favorite things in life has been reviewed in some or other review sites on the internet. The pleasant and encouraging part is to note that those products are all rated very high and recommended by 100% writers !

This is my homage to a drink called Old Monk with whom I grew up.

Let me tell you something more about OM, especially important to non-drinkers. OM is famous brand in dark rum. I repeat it’s an internationally appreciated brand produced in India. According to “COMRADES” [Council of Old Monk Rum
Addicted Drinkers & Eccentrics] incorporated under Ryze Networking-” OM is one of the top selling rums world wide. Its a velvet smooth dark rum with a hint of vanilla and has an alcohol content of 42.8%. OM is a 7 years blend. With the first drop of OM Rum, the tippler gets the sheer aroma of distilled cane sugar grown in the lush green fields of India and stirs up the age old legend of ‘Som-ras’ of India’s centuries old scriptures–The Drink of Gods and Lords of India.” If that does not satisfy then they continue- “OM is the scotch of Rum”

In my view there are two kinds of drinkers- those who drink OM rum and those who doesn’t. OM drinkers are generally hardcore aficionado of the drink and they are typically so addicted, they will refuse even imported scotch for OM.

Disclaimer: At this point, non-alcoholic people may continue reading, but at their own risk. I will not own any responsibility whatsoever; if eventually they become OM addict.


I am a Rum drinker by force than by choice. When I started drinking affordability was the foremost criterion, as we were in high School/ College and devoid of enough money to buy drink like anyone else. Then there were experienced seniors who introduced us to OM. An affordable drink to have with friends, enemies, teachers, the late night bartender or the departed soul. Once I drank OM, I just continued drinking it.

OM is more than just a drink to me. There are so many memories, mostly sweet, associated with it, so many people with whom I drank; so many discussions, decisions made over OM sessions; it’s just a part of my upbringing and personality. Even today if we get a chance to meet up with old buddies, OM is our most preferred company! Most of my old friends, irrespective of their social & professional stature, are still stubborn devotee of OM. Of course there are couple of immoral betrayers who, while climbing up the ladder of life and success has switched to other earthly liquids like Whisky.

Availability, varieties & directions for use

Old MOnk bottlesOM is available everywhere in India- from roadside dhaba to any five star Hotel. Generally in any bar menu OM is the most inexpensive drink. One large peg of OM is priced at Rs. 30 (Goa) to Rs. 150-250 (Any * Hotel), but still it will be the lowest in price. So, OM is an inexpensive drink. But beware! Never call it a cheap drink!!

OM mostly goes well with cola, soda, a dash of lemon and ice, mixed with either/ or in combination as per the taste of the drinker. OM works well in running nose, regular cough and cold. Just take a shot neat and feel the ball of fire rolling down your throat. There’s another Vedic potion- old Monk mixed with warm water and couple of tulsi leaves and a spoonful of Honey; works wonders! The biggest advantage of OM is that it does not give any hangover. OM saves packing space while traveling. We called OM as “Liquid Kambal”.

But like all spoilsport, spurious OM (Jaali Maal) has been pouring in the market these days. The bad part is you can’t tell it’s spurious unless you open the bottle and sniff it. A genuine old monk will give a sizzling sensation in the nostrils. Id it smells just sweet, it’s jaali.

There is a premium version available, called OM Gold reserve, but the bottle is different. The distinctive identification and association is the shape and texture of the square bottle with rounded corners. Just like we can’t imagine Ambassador in different shape so is with OM. OM is available in Quarter (180 ml) & Pint (375 ml). But the classical bottle is the 750 ml one, called as Khamba. I have bought 1 litre bottles in Delhi as well for special occasions like Holi ! But, I was satisfyingly surprised to find a quarter bottle recently in Goa, in the same shape, hope it’s introduced in other states as well. The small bottle can be a very good memento. To add some personal touch it can be painted with glass colours!

An empty OM bottle has a mysterious relationship with money plant, for reason unknown to me. I have noticed Money Plant growing vigorously in homes, nurtured in old monk bottles.


I will end my homage by encouraging worldwide OM drinkers to comment. The Ryze community is helpful about OM’s international availability. Also there’s a periodic gathering called “Rummixxa” organized by members in different cities.



  1. One famous Bengali poet has defined Ramnavami- When you vomit nine times after drinking rum. I am not sure whether that was specific to OM.
  2. Another quote from Lord Byron- “There’s nought no doubt so much the spirit calms as Rum and true Religion”.
  3. OM is not a driver’s drink. So don’t drink OM and drive.

Liquid fire

This article was first posted here. Click to read some old comments.

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1. Shibani - Monday, 16 February, 2009

Kabootars apka site pe kya kar rahen hai??

Can I still call you FE DA if I tell you that I don’t like OM? :p

Cheers, anyway!

~uh~: Welcome, Dove.

2. Vee - Friday, 20 February, 2009

Ah!!! Just read the comments there.. Wo beete din!!!

I still say the same, Keep OMing…

~uh~: Thanks vee.

3. eye-in-sty-in - Wednesday, 25 February, 2009


!! Spike !!

~uh~: 🙂

4. Abha - Wednesday, 25 February, 2009

nostalgia and as many smiles reading this!! 😀

liquid kambal indeed! laughed so hard that had people at work staring at me! :p

brilliant work UH! 😀 as-uh-ual! 🙂


~uh~: Thanks Abha, as ~uh~sual…. 🙂

5. jalsa - Wednesday, 4 March, 2009

Old Monk works well , very jolly and jalsa ……..

enjoy every one when happy and sad ………….
~uh~: True, why don’t you leave your blog link so that i can reciprocate ?

6. Cabbara - Monday, 13 April, 2009

hmm. bookmarked.
~uh~: Thanks.

7. le embrouille blogueur - Thursday, 2 July, 2009

Couple of years ago ….found Old Monk Beer in a liquor store at Chicago …. knocked us out in five minutes ….your post reminds me of the good old days ….uh huh !!!
~uh~: Old Monk Beer ? Never heard that something like that exist !

8. Ms Taggart - Thursday, 9 July, 2009

Man! You love Old Monk? We are friends then! 🙂

Shall read the post and comment!

9. Ms Taggart - Friday, 10 July, 2009

The first ever time I had OM, I said these words after I got tipsy – You never find a drink. A drink finds you!
(If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will know what I am talking about!)
I was ecstatic on having OM with coke coz I thought i would never find the drink that I love ! 🙂
~uh~: I am much into Harry Potter, but can gather what it means 🙂 Thanks !

10. shaaakspsyco - Saturday, 1 August, 2009

good om. bad om.
~uh~: right om left om

11. Anushree - Sunday, 2 August, 2009

Bangalir “Raam”!! Lol!! I still stand by my OM even when others are quoting Whiskey..My first and last Laabh..:)
~uh~: A true laabh indeed 🙂

12. Anushree - Sunday, 2 August, 2009

..Oh and I also remmeber having it neat as Charnamrit at Kali Pujas….
~uh~:yeah, on Kalipuja it becomes the ‘karon’….

13. Malad Malady « AEIOU ¿ ® - Tuesday, 8 September, 2009

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14. Yezdi Roadking: The King is dead. Long live the King! « AEIOU ¿ ® - Saturday, 23 January, 2010

[…] OM[ Old Monk Rum], Yezdi too has a cult following in India. There are numerous groups passionate about their prized […]

15. sayantan mandal - Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

That was amazing, mate! Greetings from a fellow Monk devotee. Old Monk has been my most trusted friend for many years now, and has seen me through a lot… good times and bad! The monk is an avid listener, the keeper of many secrets and a receiver of many confessions. But to me, beyond all that, the monk is a grand old man, with wisdoms of the ages, who is my one true friend, my favorite spirit, my guardian angel, my Old Monk!

16. Bobby - Tuesday, 21 June, 2011

Since your r such a Om devotee.I must tell u that I have a unique OM bottle of 1 litre which is in the shape of an old monk . You get this in Nepal..But the saddest part is it is now empty ..so don’t bother to hit my place in search OM straight from the OM’s mouth.

17. mainak pal - Monday, 8 October, 2012

OM d greatest …. i am on my 7th anniversary with 7 yr old somras.

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