Monthly Archive: July 2005

Review: Ron del Barrilito Three Star

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Ron del Barrilito Three Star Rum

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Normally I don’t expect much from a screw-top rum, but there are exceptions. Gosling’s Black Seal comes to mind, and now I have Ron del Barrilito Three Star to consider as well.

Heady, smoky, yet surprisingly smooth, Ron del Barrilito makes for a preciously rare combination of subtleties. It gently sweeps along the tongue, and is followed by musky caramels that gently warm as they pass down your throat. Heavy and comforting, it’s like having Blackbeard himself sing you to sleep (and discovering that, despite all odds, the brute actually carries a tune rather well.)

Ron del Barrilito is my first Puerto Rican rum, and I pray it won’t be my last. A sincere “thanks ‘n fair winds” to Linda Fuentes for seeing a bottle my way!

Review: Angostura 1824

Rating: ★★★★★
Angostura 1824
www.angostura.com

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In this world, perfection is a very rare thing. Good things are common, and even great things can occur now and again. But when perfection walks by, our jaws hit the ground and we stand in awe. Perfection isn’t merely remarkable for all that is right about it, but also for all that’s not wrong. In an imperfect world, everything has flaws. But when we see perfection, damned if these flaws can be spotted.

Rum Angostura 1824 is aged twelve years and then hand bottled. The bottle itself is a thing of beauty, adorned with ribbon and medallion, gold lettering and a true wax seal around a wood-handled cork. I’ve expressed my love of gorgeous bottles before, and why not? A craftsman that takes true pride in their work will want to present it in the finest packaging possible. Based on this bottle, I’d say the makers of Angostura love this rum indeed (as well they should.) (more…)

Review: Pirate Rings

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Pirate Jewelry by Peter Stone
www.piratejewelry.com

I’m pleased to once again have the opportunity to review some fine swag from Pirate Jewelry. Last time I got a peak at some neckware, and this time I can get up close with some of their finger adornments.

As stated in my pendant review, Pirate Jewelry offers one of the largest selections of sterling pirate accessories around. Their styles range to suit a wide variety of interests (as long as it’s piratey.) As such I’ve selected three very different pieces in hopes of capturing a sense of the options available (but believe me, there are many more!) (more…)

Review: Pirates!

Rating: ★★★★★
Pirates!
by Celia Rees
www.celiarees.com

The title is unfortunate. Naming a book simply “Pirates!” is both bland and uninformative. And with such marvels as Sid Meiers’ out there, it strikes of “me-too”ism. Yes, the title is unfortunate, because the book is nothing short of phenominal.

Upon finishing it, I could only laugh. Celia Rees played me from begining to end, thrilling me with victories, unnerving me with suspense, and gripping my attention to such degree as to be nearly painful. This book is bold, brutal, and brilliant. (more…)

Review: Plantation Rum – Jamaica

Rating: ★★★★☆
Plantation Rum – Jamaica
www.gafrance.net/plantation

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Sit back lad, ‘n let me tell ye what must beware ‘o the jamaican wenches. A comely lass she was, sharp as a tack and hard as granite. She caught me eye with her heady air and irreverent ways. I knew I wuz outta me league, but wuz intrigued, not the less. Like a cutlass doused in butter she wuz – creamy smooth yet brutal n’ jagged. Me own mother taught me well ta steer clear o’ woman such’s this, yet still I went in ta steal a kiss. The initial rush wuz intense n’ damnably near set me mouth ablaze. Musky smooth as silk, her lips they wuz, yet penetratin’ n’ consumin’. Like starin’ the sun in the eye, me deadlights swelled up with pleasure n’ pain alike. ‘N as I stood there like a daft loper recoverin’, the strumpet snagged me purse ‘n made off with the barkeep. ‘N thas why I say ta ya, lad – watch them jamaican’ lasses like hawks! (more…)

Review: Skallywaggs

Rating: ★★★★½
www.skallywaggs.com

What, no ships? No pillaging? And you never even leave port until the very end? Bloody ‘eck, what kind of pirate game is this? Short answer: A drop-dead-in-your-linens-and-flog-a-seagull-for-grins fantastic one.

Skallywaggs is a top-notch mix-n-match card game where you struggle to build a crew so you can set sail while doing your devil-best to keep your opponents from doing the same. Crew members are assembled from a multitude of three-card combinations (head, torso, legs) to make a near endless variety of cut-throats. But mind you, not all pirates are created equal, and some combinations can create characters that will win you a distinct advantage, while still others might bring your crew to a screaching halt. (more…)

Review: Pirate Pendants

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Pirate Jewelry by Peter Stone
www.piratejewelry.com

Pirate Jewelry has one of the largest selections of sterling adornments for the fashion-conscience scaliwag I’ve seen to date. Their items range in style from tribal to gothic and from symbolic to traditional. And whatever your chosen style, they frequently have a number of subtley (and not so subtley) different options for you.

In their catalogue Pirate Jewelry offers a number of spanish coin styles. The one I chose has four colored inlays set around it like the directions of a compass, giving it a nice decorative flair. The pendant itself is single-sided, being a textured surface on the reverse. The front, however, is both beautiful and striking. Imperfectly round, it gives the impression of sunken treasure. The great thing about wearing a doubloon is that it can convey your pirateyness without intimidating your granny (as a skull and crossbones might), so this is definitely a worthy piece of jewelry. It’s a might on the thin side, but solid and with a welded bezel for strength. (more…)