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Wow. I really wasn't expecting the new LH 151 to be as flavorful as it is. I really enjoy it, and in a shoot-out with the classic LH 151, it's smoother, less harsh, and while it has a bit less of the demerara note, it has a really consistent flavor that lasts. Tremendous.
Picked up @TheAustinShaker - sipping at full strength the 75.5% ETOH is a bit overwhelming but the caramel, dry fruit and dark molasses are all there and fantastic.
I have to say I only use this in small doses. It certainly adds a kick a Zombie. Having a rum that makes a fire extinguisher a bar tool can be intimidating. If you are having only one drink and you want it to be a kicker this will do the job. Don't think this makes for a wise choice as a sippe. Dilution is the key in using this one.
We are tough, I told myself and decided to try this on straight up. In the nose it did not betray the overproof, it has a faint smell of toffee. In the mouth, there is first - nothing. Then the heat sets in - in a very pleasant way, though. Once the heat ist gone, you have again toffee, a bit of some wood, even some fruit (apple?).
I still have to try it in mixed drinks - but maybe I'll stick to my custom of drinking my rum straight up even with this overproof. It can be done!
So good...so many categories wrapped up into one bottle, so much flavor! I will miss it, and lament when there is no more left on the planet. Lemon Hart is the classic floater to original tiki drinks, also an unsubstitutable ingredient in other recipes.
When it comes to overproof, funky rums, this is in a class of its own. Fantastic.
Big and rich, and called for when making the classic (original) Zombie. This is powerful rum, and with great flavor of molasses / toffee. If you desire for your bar to be tiki-style, you need this rum almost by default, lest Mr. Donn Beach turns in his grave when you make a zombie... Spookie :P
One of the ‘must have’ rums to keep on hand. Very similar to Hamilton which is also excellent. Side by side though the Lemon Heart has a bit more depth in it’s complexity.
I have not had this legendary staple to making Tiki drinks for more than 25 years now. I finally found a bottle in Texas this morning. Since I have been spoiled by Plantation OFTD Overproof, I had to compare that one to this new arrival here. I poured about a half ounce each into their own Glencairn glass, which is how I like to test neat for side by side comparisons. The slightly weaker OFTD had so much burn that I had forgotten about that part. ALWAYS add at least one ice cube when comparing overproof rums.
The Lemon Hart 151 is noticeably darker than the Plantation OFTD, but not by much. After the ice cube melted in each, my test began. The OFTD was fruity with no bitter after taste. The Lemon Hart was not nearly as flavorful as the OFTD and had a bitter after taste. The OFTD was the clear winner, which I rated long ago as an 8. This one was lucky to get a 6. I would only buy it again whenever I go back to Texas, which will be no time soon. The Lemon Hart also warns that it is flammable, but the OFTD is not.
So what will I use this bottle of Lemon Hart 151 for? Adding to morning coffee sure beats wasting it as a Tiki Topper that it was designed for. Yes, it makes for an authentic Mai Tai, but why bother ruining an already perfect combination of a drink.
Lemon Hart 151 is the first overproof rum I have ever tasted. I acquired this bottle in Nova Scotia (as it is not available in my area) based on the high ratings it gathers on rumratings.com. While I was encouraged to add water before sipping on this rum I had to try it neat first to get the full experience of this rum. The colour of this rum is a dark almost reddish tone which by itself puts it in a select company. On the nose this rum smells fruity and the alcohol does not overtake the rum as one might expect. First sip, WOW, you can feel the higher percentage of alcohol but in a good way and I compare it to a nice Tawny Port on steroids. This will not be my go to rum but I certainly will enjoy it every now and then. I can now appreciate and agree with the ratings this rum has been getting. Well done. 👍
Lemon Hart 151 yellow label (current) - 75.5% ABV. Review forthcoming. 7+
Lemon Hart 151 red label (previous) - 75.5% ABV. N: Deep caramel and Demerara sugar. Tickles nose, but doesn't smell like alcohol. P: Huge. Explodes with molasses and oak. Semisweet chocolate chips. Rich chocolate chip cookie dough. With water: spice; anise? Pineapple!? Finish: medium-short. 8-
Ah, the venerable Lemon Hart 151. Unmistakable in cocktails. And strangely, while I don't get a chance to use it often, it is one of the few things that I've actually experienced cravings for as a long afternoon at the office draws on. "Oooh, you know what sounds good right now—something with that rich, deep, demerara profile you can only get from a certain kind of rum..." Cobra's Fang, 151 Swizzle, Jet Pilot, Trader Vic's Myrtle Bank Punch, Don the Beachcomber's Zombie... any Guyana 151 will work beautifully these. My favorite is probably Hamilton's, followed closely by the red label (which he had a hand in). The current yellow label is fine, but my least favorite of the bunch. How fortunate are we, now, to have more than one option to choose from, compared to just a few years ago when you would be hard-pressed to find any?
This is the last word, as far as I’m concerned, on commercially available 151s. Don’t fuck with it.
The tiki legacy of this rum seems to continue despite multiple distribution issues. This rum has heat and a delicious flavor that is true to it's demerara roots. While too strong to drink neat for any of us mortals, this rum can really turn it up to 11 in most cocktails. If you want to give this rum a shot, try it out in several of don the beachcombers old recipes.
Ok let’s be very honest about this rum , not for sipping not for nosing the bouquet (as it’ll burn your nose hairs ) but this rum gives an awesome kick to any cocktail you want to “turbo “ thumbs up to my drunk pirate friends
Very tasty and smooth flavour. I didn't expect this because that amount of alcohol percentage...
Well if you need to break a speed record with your ride this is the stuff to help you do it. Crazy stuff right here, lots of burn on the front side but goes down very smooth, one of the tastiest fireproof rums about the yard arm. Dried fruits and a touch of Tabasco on the finish. Just the right amount of sweetnesss.
I thought this was pretty good, but not great. Not at all harsh for a 151, but not my favorite flavor profile.
This rum has only one job, and it does it extremely well. It's the perfect blast of flavor and strength for the classic tiki cocktail.
This is a rum to have and use in tiki cocktails calling for 151
I only had the chance to sip this in a rather expensive bar. It's pretty good, but a little too strange to compete with better sipping rums. Was made better by some cut apples and fancy chocolate the bartender prepared. I suppose this is better for cocktails, but I didn't get to try any. It wasn't too strong to sip, though, surprisingly. The particular bottle that the bar had (as in the picture) was from the 1970's.
When it comes to overproof mixers, this is my first choice for most Tiki drinks, especially a Mai Tai or a Planter's Punch. It combines all the characteristics of what you expect of a dark rum: Smokiness, woodiness, smell and taste of dry fruits, some hidden sweetness and a complex finish - and of course some alcohol. Add some drops of water and you can even sip it. It's little brother of 40% ABV does not even get close to it, seems more like a cousin twice removed...Grab one while you can, there are supply difficulties again in Europe atm...
A recent trip to Florida ended my quest for some. Well worth it!
I liked this more than I thought I would based on the low price of only $27.99 (K&L Wines 2016 price).
A little strong at 151 proof to drink straight, I added some water. Smells and tastes of toffee, brown sugar, molasses, spice, cinnamon, and oak - all the right flavors of a good rum. Should make a great mixer.
LH 151 was a legend in the world of Tiki and exotic cocktails for decades, an indispensable ingredient for classic drinks such as Zombies and Jet Pilots. A couple of years ago the amazing Ed Hamilton (Ministry of Rum) bottled and distributed his own 151-proof rum from Guyana, (also the home of the original LH 151). The new LH 151 is very good to be sure, but Hamilton 151 is smokier and oakier. It's a fuller-bodied option which makes it, in my opinion, a more interesting rum and a richer, more versatile ingredient. You won't go wrong making your Jet Pilots with either rum. But if you have the chance to buy and compare both of these fine products you'll no doubt appreciate the difference.