Why was Bacardi 151 discontinued

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# 151 - Bacardi 151

People are imaginative, at least when it comes to either inflicting violence on one another or producing alcohol. And that's why there are tons of different alcoholic beverages. The drink we are talking about today originated in the Caribbean in the 17th century, around 1650. At that time, the then governor of Jamaica mentioned a drink called “rumbullion”. What is meant is a drink that is made from sugar cane products, for example molasses from sugar cane, and that carries at least 37.5 percent by volume.

The production is relatively simple, which also explains the success of this drink: You just take sugar cane and press or chop it, ferment it and the result is a more or less clear liquid that you can then use to get really drunk or to cook or disinfect - all the nice things you can do with alcohol. And of course we're talking about rum.

There are different types: There is the original rum, which mostly comes from the Caribbean or Cuba and contains up to 74% alcohol. Then there is the real rum. It has at least 37.5%, but the drinking strength is usually reduced. That means we don't have the full 74%, but something between 37.5 and 74%. The so-called “Overproof Rum”, that is rum with at least 57.15%, which is primarily used for mixing cocktails. Then there is of course “blended rum”, ie different mixtures of several different types of rum. Then there is rum, which is proudly made from fresh sugar cane juice and is therefore called “Rum Agricole” and is relatively rare. Then there is trimmed rum. That means that this is rum that has been stretched in some form with neutral alcohol and other raw materials. In Germany there is a requirement that it must contain at least 5% rum. Then there is art rum. That is rum, which is made from rum alcohol and aroma and then there are also flavored rums.

The market leader in rum is the Bacardi company. Bacardi is also one of the inventors of modern rum production. In 1850, Don Bacardi and Felice Presto developed the production of white rum more or less simultaneously on the Caribbean islands of Cuba and Jamaica. Mr. Presto's company no longer exists, but Bacardi continued to be successful and accounts for the majority of global rum production.

That is also the reason for today's choice of topic. There is a brand of the Bacardi company called: Bacardi 151. 151 stands for the alcohol content. In the past, this was not measured with the volume percentage, but in the so-called “alcohol proof level” and it is about twice as large as the volume percentage. That was common in the past and the 151 converts to 75.5 percent by volume. That is sometimes much higher than what Bacardi normally sells in the USA, for example, which weighs just a little between 35 and 40%.

Like whiskey and cognac, good rum also matures in wooden barrels and is a bit older. This is also the case with Bacardi 151, because of course 75.5% of the drink is flammable and because we are talking about a product that is mainly sold in the USA, the label is provided with several warnings that you cannot accidentally consume it Molotov builds cocktails or uses it in some other way to light his surroundings.

By the way, this rum is typically used in cocktails, in sweet cocktails, such as the Hurricane or the Caribou Lou, and in Germany Bacardi 151 is the mainstay of the Feuerzangenbowle. Well then cheers!

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