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 has been sold in the US since at least 1981.
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.
During the Goldfield Ashes, Charters Towers, Bacardi 151 has been known to be the 'fine' of choice for visiting teams...causing significant performance issues the next day, and even the odd vow of sobriety!
- Peck, Chris (24 Sep 1981). "This will put a glow on your dome". The Spokesman-Review. p. 25. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "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