Thursday, March 08, 2018

Tick Hack #1- Mirror, Mirror

Yes. It is soon that time when the ticks awaken fully from their winter slumber to annoy, harass and sicken us both literally and figuratively.

Hack #1-Every camper, hiker, hunter and bushcrafter should throw grandmother's hand mirror in their kit. It does seem out of place within an outdoorsman's pack but the wider mirror's viewing area and longer handle certainly facilitates body searches, especially around the nether regions; groin, crotch and buttocks.

Ticks prefer warm and moist areas, many of which are difficult to search if you are alone. They also will attach on your "six" including calves, back of knees, behind ears and along hairline. For well endowed females under the breasts offer sanctuary as well as armpits for both sexes.

Yes - signalling mirrors can do the trick but require far more flexibility alone than most folks possess. Together the two can work in combination to view practically all one can offer. Granny mirrors are cheap at the dollar stores and, constructed of plastic, are very lightweight. One for your pack, one for home and one for the cottage.

Don't let a tick bite your "taint"!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Rum - Pusser's Rum

Three hundred years of tradition certainly deserves a review but it had to wait until the NSLC reinstated the blue labeled navy rum back upon it's listings.

The famous British naval spirit is a blend of six Caribbean rums offered to sailors as a daily "tot" until 1970 is once again available hereabouts following the Admiralty's original recipe.

Here is a promotional video explaining the naming and history of the rum in the Royal Navy...

A lovely rum it possesses a silky but spicy mouth feel with a nice balance of oak, caramel and a touch of vanilla. A hot finish best mitigated over ice or mixed with two parts water for the traditional grog allotment. Apparently it mixes very well with cola and in cocktails.

At $36 CDN for a 750 ml bottle it is a nice buy for the chance to try the traditional rum of the British navy.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Rum - Coldstream Clear 1749 Original Spirit Dark

Picked up a 200 ml bottle of the 1749 original spirit dark rum at the Halifax seaport market this February morning. I'm always interested in trying different rums but especially anything distilled locally. Coldstream spirits are produced in Stewiacke Nova Scotia just down "the pave" from the port city.

I was intrigued upon reading the label....a young unaged rum that is smooth?

"This unaged dark rum spirit is bold with subtle sweetness and smooth light notes of vanilla."

Upon opening one notices the sweetness of the nose of the spirit - a candy like quality that reminds me a little of vanilla and cream soda, no doubt the result of the cane sugar/molasses used in it's distillation. In the glass the rum presents a nice dark copper with a good mouth feel but a definite burn in the finish....not unexpected for a young unaged rum.

Over ice this is surprisingly smooth with the melt mellowing the finish but bringing out the subtle sweetness expected in darker rums. An unaged spirit that makes a decent sipper. Who knew? That said I think this spirit could shine as a mixer, especially in cocktails.