of iconic Indian rum Old Monk, Padma Shri Kapil Mohan, dies aged 88

Kapil Mohan, creator of the iconic Indian rum Old Monk, aged 88, died on January 6th, according to various reports on social media.

Brigadier (retd.) Kapil Mohan, former Chairman and MD of Mohan Meakin Ltd, was bedridden and in his last years. He passed away at his residence-located in Ghaziabad’s Mohan Nagar area, post a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Pushpa Mohan.

Introduced in the market in 1954, for quite a long duration, Old Monk was the largest selling dark rum in the world and the biggest Indian Made Foreign Liquor brand in the market. However, in the recent years, the company seems to be facing problems with dropping sales and was rumored to take the liquor off the shelves.
Kapil Mohan led Trade Links Pvt Ltd before 1966 and had also received the Padma Shri in 2010. Interestingly, Mohan himself was a teetotaler.

The iconic Indian dark rum was launched on 19 December 1954. It is blended and aged for a minimum of 7 years before being sent to the market. A dark rum with a distinct vanilla flavor and an alcohol content of 42.8%, Old Monk is quite a popular alcoholic beverage among the Indian youth.

 

Sources: TOI , MoneyControl