Kapil Mohan, The Man Who Brought Old Monk To The World Is No More
There’s a story about a kind old British monk who sneaked around the rum barrels, savouring the samples and offering good company and advice to the master craftsmen at the Mohan Meakin breweries as he did. In tribute, when their signature dark rum was first launched, the company named the blend after him, and the rest they say is history.
Like the monk in the story, yet another man behind our beloved rum will now go down as a legend, having nurtured the Old Monk brand into a globally recognized name.
The year has just began and bad news have started coming in.
Kapil Mohan passed away. A Padmashree, retd. Brigadier and last but not the least- the man behind Old Monk. pic.twitter.com/74xtQuJLMv
— gandharva (@gandharva) January 8, 2018
Brig. (Dr.) Kapil Mohan, the former Chairman and MD of Mohan Meakin Ltd, suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away on Saturday at Mohan Nagar, near Ghaziabad. He was 88 and had been ill for a long time, media reports said.
— Schmuck (@MasseyErick) January 8, 2018
Kapil Mohan was the son of NN Mohan who acquired in 1949 the original company founded by Edward Abraham Dyer and H.G. Meakin. He launched the Old Monk rum brand on December 19th, 1954, and ran the company for over four decades following the death of his elder brother in the early 1970s.
There’s no denying that the Padma Shri awardee was a traditionalist; the classic blend in its distinctive bottle – fat and short and stippled, tastes exactly the same today as it did all those years ago.
Under his leadership, Old Monk even became the largest-selling dark rum in the world for a while, and without ever having to advertise, achieved a cult following in India; people like you and me from across the country who remain loyalists to this day.
So in memory of the man who gave India her unofficial drink 63 years ago, we raise our glasses.
R.I.P. Brig. (Dr.) Kapil Mohan
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