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Recommendable to most
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.
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.
I was astonished that this didn’t taste like pure rubbing alcohol given that it clocks in at 75% but what they’ve managed to pack into that other 25% is a giant amount of flavor that I have yet to find in other Jamaican rums. The most notable note for me was maple syrup. You listening Canada?
High ABV may be scary, but the flavor this adds to any cocktail is outstanding. A 1/2 ounce float will round out and add that "something special" you are looking for.
Definitely not a sipping rum. Strong burnt sugar and molasses on the nose. Candies cherries and oranges, and oak on the pallet.
This is the ideal additions to had huge depth, and body to any mixed drink.
A shame this rum hasn't been available in Europe lately. Thanks god my gf managed to buy a bottle in NYC for me and to smuggle it through the security control (it was stronger than the airline allowed). [EDIT: Due to the corona crisis some American shops who have it are now offering international shipping. I recently made use of this.] This isn't a rum for sipping straight, it's meant for mixing. And there it struck me as rather condimental in flavour. It reminded me of a savoury seasoning powder, and of decaying molasses. This isn't a candy-like toffee caramel and vanilla thing, it's pungent and condimental. Rubbish bins sometimes smell reminiscent of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not the type who likes to sniffle on rubbish bins, but occasionally there is some similarity in aroma, it's the decaying organic material, and it smells rather interesting and spicy. It's aged in bourbon casks, according to the label, but quite obviously it's only lightly aged. It doesn't have much or anything of a wooden taste. So the deep dark shade is caramel colour. But that's not bad, it looks nice and doesn't alter the taste anyway. This rum is a staple in tiki cocktail culture. However, most of these vintage recipes use lots of other ingredients that hide the flavour of the Lemon Hart 151 rather than highlighting it. So you could just as well use another strong overproof rum for these like the Pusser's. The best cocktail that highlights the Lemon Hart 151's flavour of its own is the 151 Swizzle, just leave away the nutmeg and the cinnamon stick.
"Lovely treacly toffee, rich toffee apple and intense candy floss flavours."
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