Lemon Hart 151 Rum
Lemon Hart // Guyana
Look through the pantheon of classic tiki drink recipes, and it will become apparent that many rely upon the unique flavor and strength of overproof Demerara rum from Guyana. Perhaps the most famous of these rums is Lemon Hart 151, made along the banks of the Demerara River.
Dark RumAKA Black Rum. Usually aged (but not always) and has additional caramel-coloring added to provide the dark/black color. Some are distilled from blackstrap molasses. No specific type or size barrel required for aging nor is there a set time required for aging in most countries with a few exceptions.
"Getting past the astringency of the ethanol is difficult, but after considerable effort (and time to allow for evaporation) there is noticeable molasses and a touch of caramel along with some smoke and some brine. After this, some fruity esters emerge represented by ripe plum and orange. The rum enters with considerable heat and spice, showing cinnamon, red and black pepper, and a bit of nutmeg. There is no real oak flavor, and yet the palate is quickly coated in bitter tannins that thoroughly impact the tongue and the upper palate. The spice is backed by molasses and some cane syrup before finishing with loads of saccharin bitterness. With some water added, the rum changes fairly radically, revealing salted butter, caramel, coffee, and Chantilly cream. In short: a key component for tiki drinks that should never be consumed on its own."