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Bacardi 151 – Price, Alternative Rums and Drink Recipes


Bacardi rum 151 is not without reason called one of the most masculine alcoholic beverages in the market. Its high strength and unique flavor will plunge any connoisseur of strong alcohol into real delight.

Given such a high strength, few dare to drink Bacardi 151 neat. This alcohol is used more often in bars and at home for the creation of a variety of alcoholic cocktails. There are several cocktail recipes that combine over-proof rum such as 151 with lighter white rums or the more aromatic golden rums. We list a few below.

Bacardi 151 is based on special yeast and molasses. After fermentation, the premature rum undergoes a long exposure in oak barrels, where experienced blending masters achieve perfect aromatic and taste profile.

bacardi 151 with flaming drink beside it

This rum is aged for 8 years. It is thanks to this fact that it has a surprisingly pleasant taste for such strong alcohol content.

Then the alcohol base is sent for thorough cleaning, and after several distillates the blenders create a unique strong rum with a specific recognizable character.

Unfortunately, Bacardi discontinued the production of 151 in USA in 2016. You can still purchase online the remaining stock that is available in stores.

But worry not, there exist very good over-proof rum alternatives as we list out later in this post.

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Alcohol Content of Bacardi 151

Bacardi 151 has an alcohol content of 75.5 degrees.

The number “151” is the actual level of proof, an indicator that indicates the strength of a drink in USA and other English speaking countries. It has gained its name precisely thanks to its proof measure.

Currently in the USA, 1 proof is 2 degrees, therefore, 75.5% is 151 proof. Note that earlier in the UK the level of proof was measured at a ratio of 7 to 4.

Taste and Characteristics

Bacardi 151 has an attractive amber color with a golden glow. Its nose is formed from aromas of oak, vanilla and fruit, which are revealed gradually as the taste develops in the mouth. Its flavor is rich and fruity and the rum leaves behind a gentle long aftertaste.

Get to know more about the Bacardi brand and its rum varieties

Super Flammable – like V2 Rocket fuel

This is what Bacardi itself has to say about its 151° rum.

You may find references on other websites an forums that you can use Bacardi 151 to set shots on fire. Careless or unknowing bartenders using 151 to perform bar tricks that involved fire have been known to suffer 3rd degree burns.

We recommend that you do not try that, just because life is more precious than a bottle of over-proof rum.

If you still feel like doing something stupid, the following fact ought to make you rethink using Bacardi 151 for flaming drinks. The alcohol content in it is the same as in the fuel used to propel the V2 rocket.

Alternative or Replacement Rums

Which rums are similar to Bacardi 151?

There are several overproof rums with high alcohol content that can replace Bacardi 151. A few examples are Gosling’s Black Seal Dark 151 Rum, Lemon Hart 151 or the Pusser’s British Navy Overproof Rum. These rums are some of the very best overproof rums in the market today. The Plantation Overproof O.F.T.D. rum is also highly rated, but it contains slightly lesser alcohol at about 60%.

Lemon Hart 151

Lemon Hart 151 is a true legend in overproof rums. Due to its complex taste, it is the “Gold Standard” sought after and coveted by rum enthusiasts worldwide. It is made in Guyana and is best used in cocktails. References to Lemon Hart 151 are made in famous Trader Vic’s cocktail recipes book.

Gosling’s Black Seal Dark 151 Rum

Gosling’s Black Seal has a rich, intricate flavor. It is a product of Bermuda and also the island nation’s most widely exported product. Gluten-free and suitable for vegans. Gosling’s 151 is great mixing rum for Mai Tai or Dark and Stormy, and is recommended as a floater in similar drinks or to flame desserts. Be careful though!

Plantation Overproof O.F.T.D. Rum

This overproof rum is a blend of excellent rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados. It has intense and very precise notes of coffee, orange, plum, jam and truffles. Excellent for use in cocktails. O.F.T.D stands for Old Fashioned Traditional Dark.

Pusser's British Navy Overproof rum

Pusser’s British Navy Overproof Rum

Pusser’s 75% rum is all natural, devoid of any artificial flavorings or colors. It is a blend that is made from select single rums produced on various Caribbean islands such as Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana. It is stored and bottled in Guyana. This is not a simple rum for beginners. But connoisseurs will love its strong and voluminous body, subtle sweetness with hints tropical fruits, and its long and spicy finish.

Wray and Nephew White Overproof rum

Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum

This is a truly bold Jamaican rum that is full of character. It is not sweet or flavored like many other rums. Wray & Nephew White Overproof rum is primarily intended as a mixer. It is pretty much an essential white rum in many cocktails, especially tiki drinks.

Why was Bacardi 151 production discontinued in USA?

In the almost 60 years of its sales in USA, there were numerous fire related incidents that were caused by mishandling Bacardi 151. Those people involved in these accidents were carelessly using fire with this overproof rum, despite the numerous warnings on its bottle. In 2016, Bacardi ultimately decided to stop this rum’s production in the USA, possibly to keep its brand name clear of such mishaps.

Is Bacardi 151 safe to drink?

Bacardi 151 is safe to drink in moderate doses. Overproof rum with such high alcohol content is generally not made to be drunk neat. Rather, it is highly valued as a mixer in rum cocktails, especially the strong and complex ones such as the Mai Tai or the Zombie.

What is the best way to consume Bacardi 151?

Given its high alcohol content, Bacardi 151 is best suited for mixing in cocktails like Mai Tai, the Zombie or even the Cuba Libre (aka rum and coke). If you drink it neat, you will feel a very heavy burning sensation as you swallow the rum. Of course, it makes you inebriated extremely quickly. In the past people have been taken to the hospitals because of over consumption of Bacardi 151.

Mai Tai

The Mai Tai Cocktail is a classic among cocktails. This mixed drink with a Caribbean was first made in San Francisco by the famous Trader Vic. Since then it has been known and loved all over the world for decades. The original Mai Tai is a pretty intense and aromatic cocktail. Choosing the right rum gives this drink its special character.

>>View Mai Tai Recipe


Zombie is another classic tiki cocktail. It is a drink with rum as the basis and the remaining fruity ingredients to support its aromas and taste. There are a lot of Zombie cocktail recipes that can be found online. But if you get its sweet and sour balance right, you will get not just a cocktail but a heavenly treat.

>>View Zombie Recipe

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre is usually made with lighter or dark rums that do not contain so much alcohol. But if you like the flavor in Bacardi 151 or similar over-proof rums, you should try to make rum and cola with this rum.

>>View Cuba Libre Recipe

flaming shot

Flaming Dr. Pepper

This is a classic flaming shooter for party lovers. And it requires an overproof rum to set it on fire. What better than Bacardi 151?

Extreme caution is advised!

Bacardi 151 Price

Seller InformationLocationOffer DescriptionPrice and Size
Best BevChula Vista, CA
Bacardi 151 RumUSD 29.95 / 750ml
Babycham LiquorsHobe Sound, FL
Bacardi 151 ProofUSD 69.99 / 1000ml
Rodse Wine & LiquorBrooklyn, NY
BACARDI 151 RUM 750MLUSD 109.99 / 750ml
Rodse Wine & LiquorBrooklyn, NY
BACARDI 151 RUM 1LUSD 149.99 / 1000ml
A1 Imports & LiquorGlendale, CA
Bacardi 151 Rum 750mlUSD 159.99 / 750ml
SendLiquor.comPrinceton, NY
Bacardi 151 750mlUSD 286 / 750ml

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    • Hi Ronnie, good question. While auctions remain out of scope of our business, maybe I can help you by setting up an ad on our webpage for Bacardi 151. Do you think that will help? You can also write that on your social media accounts. Do you have any pictures that prove the condition of the bottle and its authenticity?

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