Lemon Hart 151 Proof Demerara Rum has become a staple ingredient for cocktails in my house, and has some interesting qualities that are unique in my experience.
Lemon Hart is made from sugar grown in the Demerara region of Guyana. If you’ve ever had Demerara sugar, you will realize what flavor implications this would have on the rum. If you have never had Demerara sugar, go out and try some! You may well never go back to the more typical white sugar.
After being produced in Guyana, casks of Lemon Hart are exported to Canada, which is where it is bottled and subsequently distributed to the rest of the world.
On the nose, this rum is incredibly complex. Rich caramelized Demerara sugar boldly makes an appearance, as well as a distinctive hint of raisins. At 151 Proof, possibly the biggest surprise here is that alcohol is not the most prominent scent!
Equally bold as the nose is the robust flavor. Even given the high alcohol content, the flavors of this rum are shockingly pronounced. Caramel, earthy sugar, and even a hint of fruity apricot unabashedly make up the flavor profile.
This rum has a very strong presence in every way, and will stand its ground even when mixed. A lesser rum may be overwhelmed, but not Lemon Hart 151! Due to both the high alcohol content and the strong flavor profile, a bottle of this stuff should last a long time; a little bit goes a very, very long way.
Ownership of this rum and import rights into the United States has changed several times over the years. At the time of this writing, the Canadian company Mosaiq owns the rum after purchasing it from Pernod Ricard. Due to the ownership change there was a time when it was no longer being exported, but soon it should be available again with a new bottle design.