Long thought of as the ultimate fiery shot that has any no flavor at all, Bacardi 151 Rum lives up to its name. I have taken shots of this stuff, and it is quite an experience.
The best one I had was when I thought it was something else (I was told the shot was some other rum). Sure it still burned and it was one hell of a surprise, but by the time I had figured it out it was on it's way down.
If you want to go beyond peeling off layers of your palate, you can use Bacardi 151 rum in layered drinks (as the top layer), or to light drinks on fire. Just dribble some Bacardi 151 rum over the back of a spoon onto the top of a drink and light. Make sure the bottle is closed and well away before you do this (the built in flame retarder helps but putting the top back on is always the best idea). As always, be careful and use common sense.
You can use 151 in place of normal rum in cocktails by I would recommend against it. Bacardi 151 rum is hard to cover up with mixers and you should stick with the usual rums called for in your drink recipes and save the Bacardi 151 for floating or accenting a drink.
There are better 151 proof rums than Bacardi. Bacardi 151 is by far the most popular but as in most cases the most popular is mostly that way due to marketing and not to product quality. Cruzan produces a very similar overproof rum, and Goslings makes a darker, more flavorful 151 proof rum. Also Lemon Hart Demerara 151 is the classic standard for authentic Tiki recipes, though it will cost a little more.
Bacardi 151 rum has been available in the United States since the early 1980's. When it was first produced is a mystery and no amount of Googling has turned up this information.
How do you drink your Bacardi 151? And if you've pounded it straight, tell us about your experience.
|Retail Price||$23 / 750 ml|