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Posted over 4 years ago by mistercoughy from United States with 239 ratings

There aren't many 151 proof rums that are actually delicious, but this one is. You could try it in this order: first, sip some straight up. Yes, it's really fiery, but the unmistakable Demerara smokiness and burnt butter flavors shine. Next, drop in an ice cube and wait a minute. Better, right? Hints of tobacco, oak and butterscotch. And finally, add it to your Tiki cocktails whenever the recipes call for overproof rum. Indispensable.

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Posted over 3 years ago by Pauf from United States with 10 ratings

Neat was too hot
Mixed with water and twist lime mellowed it out but did not leave much distinction
Interesting to try in a Tiki drink of regular proportion, not a fish bowel

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Posted almost 2 years ago by Cory Wid from United States with 84 ratings

Even more dramatic than the 86 proof. Everything is amplified, with new qualities brought to the table like a pronounced smokey and toasted character.

People complain about sipping a 151 straight as if its a defect with the rum - its supposed to be hot, overwhelming, and concentrated - that's the point of a rum that's over 75% abv. However, this is one of the few overproofs that I can actually manage to sip and enjoy neat, maybe with a little water. Expect tongue-coating richness like with the 86 proof, and an even more dramatic spicy cinnamon/caramel finish that never seems to lose its intensity. This is exceptional rum, made intentionally as a mixer for tiki and fruit drinks, like the zombie. For $25, there's no reason to avoid having it on the shelf.

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Posted over 2 years ago by Scott T from United States with 120 ratings

If you want to try it without cutting it, take tiny sips or you will numb your palate too much to taste it. I love the 86 proof Hamilton but cut to around 100 proof this stuff is fantastic. Also great to ratchet up the intensity of your Tiki drinks.

I've never had the original Lemonhart 151, which is legendary. I have a bottle of the newer version, but have not opened it. I don't know how it could get any better than this.

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Posted almost 3 years ago by ChameleonSkin from United States with 18 ratings

I'll admit, I was afraid of this one when I first picked up a bottle for the sole purpose of making zombies. I had all those awful memories, as most of us do, of Bacardi 151 mixed into drinks with names like The Gorilla Fart and such.

But time passes, and we forget how we almost died of alcohol poisoning, and we are convinced by a blog post that it's time for a different kind of 151. And boy, is this ever different.

If you've never had a demerara rum, it's like going from only drinking American pale ales to getting a hefty pour of stout. The demerara character makes it taste like burnt caramel with almost a rich chocolate undertone. And while it's hot at 151 proof, it's not much hotter than an unfiltered bourbon like Booker's. While you're probably not going to be drinking it on its own very often, you certainly could. For something as strong as Everclear, it goes down surprisingly easy.

The best way to experience it is to make a classic demerara dry float as described in the Smuggler's Cove recipe book (there are probably other other sources as well). Leave the Hamilton 151 on the side in a tumbler and try a few sips without it. Then, pour about a quarter of the 151 into the drink and see how it changes the flavor. Finally, dump the rest into the drink, and experience it at its fullest.

While I use this exclusively as a float or a mixer in classic tiki drinks, I must admit I always save a few drops in the jigger to drink straight at the end. It's that good.

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Posted over 3 years ago by Terencio from United States with 21 ratings

Can't get Lemonhart, but I can get this and its great.

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Posted almost 4 years ago by dl3000 from United States with 7 ratings

Dark, smokey with hints of vanilla and molasses, great for floating or mixing when a dark rum is called for in tiki recipes. Also added points for being a great value buy!

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Posted 3 months ago by LegallySmelf from United States with 23 ratings

Brown sugar, toffee and molasses with a note of star anise. This is a beautiful, hot rum. However, it doesn't have the explosive flavor of Lemon Hart, so it doesn't stay on my shelf to mix with. I use this as my high-proof rum to make my own Allspice Dram and it's excellent for that.

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Posted 4 months ago by kheiligh (PREMIUM) from United States with 30 ratings

We were used to grocery store 151s, but this changed the game. Fittingly, a good rum that's bottled at a high strength is still a good rum! This is great floated on drinks, or mixed in to a jet/test/space/whatever pilot, and so forth. We keep this one constantly stocked.

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Posted 12 months ago by Jerry de la Hoya from United States with 24 ratings

Got it for Zombies, but its a surprisingly complex and flavorful overproof rum. It may not be a sipper, but it's quality through and through.