Bacardi 151 is a brand of highly alcoholic rum made by Bacardi Limited of Hamilton, Bermuda. It is named for its alcohol proof level of 151, that is, 75.5% alcohol by volume. This is much higher than typical rum at 35%–40%. Bacardi 151 was sold in the US from at least 1963 until 2016, when its production was discontinued. It is still sold in Canada.
Flammability and safety
As with all high-alcohol beverages, Bacardi 151 is flammable. Bacardi 151 has multiple warnings on the label of the bottle stating that it should not be ignited or exposed to an open flame. Bottles are also equipped with a stainless steel flame arrester crimped onto the neck of the bottle to prevent the rum inside the bottle from igniting, in case a consumer ignores the warnings and applies the rum to a source of ignition (e.g. a flaming pan or dish, a flambé). Despite the warnings against ignition and the flame arrester, consumers have claimed to have been burned by people who ignored repeated warnings, removed the flame arrester, and exposed the bottle to an open flame.
- Brazilian Bulletin, Volume 19, page 111
- "Bacardi being Sued by an Alleged Burn Victim", Wine and Spirits Daily, July 1, 2006
- Noeleen G. Walder, "Burn Victim's Suit Goes Forward Against Bacardi Over Bartender's Pyrotechnics", New York Law Journal, June 1, 2010