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Lemon Hart question
Hurricane Hayward
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2014-05-27 12:43 am   Permalink

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this just went up on the Lemon Hart 151 Facebook page about 5 hours ago:

"I"m sorry too report that Mosaiq, the Lemon Hart brand owner, has decided not to bottle any more Lemon Hart 151 until at least the middle of 2015. I wish I had the opportunity to buy more and offered to buy 5,000 cases but was turned down. Planning is everything. I'm working on obtaining another overproof rum that will work in many of the cocktails you love."

https://www.facebook.com/LH151


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Thortiki
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From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2014-05-27 05:03 am   Permalink

UGH!!! Let the LH151 rationing begin. So will the Mai-Kai survive until 2015???

 
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Kill Devil
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Posted: 2014-05-27 09:11 am   Permalink

NOOOOOOO

 
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-05-27 09:43 am   Permalink

The question was asked why that decision was made:

"Supply problem with raw materials? Distillery being upgraded? Having labor problems? Desire to drive the price up? To allow them to start aging it longer -- and this was the best way to get that process started?"

We'll have to wait and see if any kind of response gets posted. I am very curious.
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kkocka
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Posted: 2014-05-27 2:18 pm   Permalink

Already bought 2. Hoarded!

 
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lunavideogames
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-05-27 5:59 pm   Permalink

That is horrible! I am going to go grab some now...

 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2014-05-27 7:14 pm   Permalink

Sorry guys, San Diego is out. I grabbed the last bottle at Trader Morts and asked if they had more. They checked the back and this was the only bottle. So I have 2 1/4 bottles, hope I can find more. I will post if Morts gets more.

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2014-05-28 12:46 am   Permalink

I would hope there's enough in the pipeline that it won't dry up immediately, but stocking up now is probably a wise move.

Beyond my own selfish interests, I too am worried about all the bars out there that have gotten used to having it widely available for the past several years. The timing couldn't be worse for Beachbum Berry. I'm sure this will be a hot topic of conversation at The Hukilau in a couple weeks.

The Mai-Kai will be able to adapt, as they have for 58 years. They can always revert back to the previous recipes, but that would not be ideal. I'm hoping great minds like Martin Cate are able to come up with some good alternatives.

The mention of another overproof rum "that will work in many of the cocktails you love" is somewhat encouraging. I'm also wondering if this affects the product worldwide, or just in the U.S.
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kkocka
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Posted: 2014-05-28 09:00 am   Permalink

So what's the substitution for Lemon Hart 151? I know El Dorado 151 isn't the same, but its not Bacardi 151 either...
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-05-28 12:46 pm   Permalink

So begins the 3rd Lemon Hart Hunger Games!

 
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TikiTacky
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Posted: 2014-05-28 12:49 pm   Permalink

May the Lemon Hart always flow in your favor...

 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-05-28 12:55 pm   Permalink

I'll join in the craziness....

This is driving me nuts. TICK TOCK!






Sorry...


 
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GentleHangman
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Joined: Jun 23, 2006
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From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2014-05-28 1:47 pm   Permalink

This just kills me after what I went through to get just ONE liquor store within 35 miles of me to carry it!

Does anybody know why they're doing this?

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Quince_at_Dannys
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From: Command Records International HQ
Posted: 2014-05-28 7:40 pm   Permalink

Plantation Dark 151 is a great alternative. It's definitely not Lemon Hart, but it works. Goslings 151'is also usable, but harder to find. The Mai Kai was using that during the last drought.

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2014-05-29 01:22 am   Permalink

Some interesting discussion on the Global Rum Club Facebook group. Someone suggested mixing the Plantation 151 with a smoky dark rum. I'm thinking one of the aged El Dorado rums. But anything added to the 151 is going to bring the proof down.

And Tiare suggested a mix of Lost Spirits Navy Style and El Dorado 15. This might come very close taste-wise. I just sampled Lost Spirits at the Miami Rum Festival, and it's great. But at 136 proof, it's not going to have the same firepower when mixed with ED 15.

There was also mention of Tiki Lover's Dark Rum, but I think that's just 114 proof.

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