Review: Don Q 151 Rum
Whether you truly need to set a cocktail on fire or just want a little ultra-high-octane in your glass, 151 proof rum is a mixing ingredient without a peer. (Mention Everclear and I’ll barf on you.)
Make no mistake: 151 is dangerous. Don Q knows it and with this new bottling it even includes a flame arrester on the top of the bottle so adventurous mixologists don’t accidentally blow themselves up.
Don Q 151 is Puerto Rican rum aged for up to three years in oak barrels and bottled blazingly hot. Surprisingly, it’s still got a solid rum character — and plenty of it.
On the nose, vanilla, creme brulee, and gentle oak notes dominate. It isn’t at all the firebrand that many overproof spirits are. If you didn’t know any better, you might assume it was a standard-proof product.
The palate is another matter. It scorches to start, but there’s a surprising amount of flavor trapped in between all those ethanol molecules. Even at bottle strength, you’ll find complex notes of banana, dark caramel, coffee, and baking spices. Essentially, it’s got all the character you want in a regular-strength, aged rum — but with double the alcohol.
Now I’m not suggesting you guzzle Don Q 151 for your evening constitutional, but for floats, flames, and other fancy cocktailing effects, this is a tough 151 to beat.
151 proof. Aka DonQ.
A / $22 / donq.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
I’m definitely intrigued. The last 151 I tried was Gosling’s and it was surprisingly tasty. Best ever overproof though is Sunset rum. Something like 169 proof? Shockingly smooth. You go from 0 to Foster Brooks in like 2 minutes and no burn. That was 5 or 6 years ago and I haven’t been able to find it since. Lord, please continue to hide Sunset rum from me. Amen.