Review: Pusser’s Battle of Trafalgar Commemorative 15

Rating: ★★★★½
Pusser’s Battle of Trafalgar Commemorative 15 Year Aged Rum
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Each sip a battle, each taste a conquest.

Pusser’s Battle of Trafalgar rum is a rare treat. Getting a bottle now would surely be costly, as I believe it was a limited rum. But if you somehow manage to score one it would be well worth the effort. Not only is the bottle sublime (a porcelain decantar featuring paintings of Nelson’s career, and even a rope around the base spun by the exact machines that made the ropes for Nelson’s own ship), but the rum inside is remarkable. To the nose it is deep, peppery, and cool. To the palate it is similar, but with an extra emphasis on the peppery. Continue reading

Review: Loot

Rating: ★★★☆☆
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There’s something to be said for games that can be played in only a few minutes. Loot is one of the easiest to learn, and easiest to play, pirate games I’ve come across in a long time. It’s played entirely with cards, primarily representing merchant and pirate ships of varying wealth and strength, respectively. Merchant ships are put into play, and players take turns pitting pirate ships against them, with the strongest attacker adding the merchant to his booty pile. When the cards run out, the booty is tallied, and winner determined. And that’s it!

While not as involved as many pirate board and card games, Booty benefits from a rapid gameplay that takes on a uniquely fun rhythm – almost like a good game of checkers or jacks. Intended for agest ten and up, the artwork is of course silly, fun, and piratey – and the card material of a high quality. And best of all, it can be played in only a few minutes time, so even pirates with short attention spans can take part.