Barti Spiced Review

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Welcome to my third rum review on this website, tonight I have decided to finally talk about Barti Spiced.  Three things to note about this bottle 1 it used to be called Barti Ddu which is Welsh for Black Bart, 2 it is made locally in the county of Pembrokeshire in West Wales and 3 the bottle is nearly empty because I like this rum so much that I keep drinking it and that is already a good start.

Lets begin with the label the front has an illustration of a ship with a traditional skull and cross bones on the flag, now this was not Black Barts flag and I think it would have been more interesting to use his original design considering that due to how long ago he passed away it will be in the public domain. The paper quality is excellent here and has a very soft touch it almost feels a little fragile and crusted in a similar manner to aged paper, this is a nice touch and is very much appreciated.

IMG_20200428_223619_6The back of the bottle gives some safety information and also displays the 35 percent alcohol volume, the best part of this label is the poem on the back “Here’s to you John Roberts, Cymro born but bred at sea, who caught in gold-lust winds chased old world tales and fantasies. Sweet music swirled around him as he swayed under the sun, bathed in silk and Spanish gems, five hundred ships he won. A merrier life and a short one hid the hiraeth at his core as the unforgiving waves took his poor soul to heavenly shores. Some say pirates were too savage but these were savage times you see…So here’s to you John Roberts forever Known as Barti Ddu.

In 2018 a competition winner for Barti turned these words with a few changes into a really nice song that is now used in its advertising, here is a link.

The wording on the back of the bottle I believe is in reference to Black Barts death and the treasures he was wearing at the time of his death.

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With a now empty bottle and some ice in my glass its time for the taste, it needs to be stated that one of the main ingredients of this drink is locally grown seaweed and you can smell it along with the spices when you open the bottle, they blend very well and the smell is divine. This is nice mixed with cola but I actually prefer it on its own, it has a slightly sweet taste but the flavours of the spices and seaweed are a match made in heaven, the flavours dance on your tongue and are absolutely delicious, there is a little kick to it when it hits the throat before finally giving you warmth. This is the best alcohol I have ever had this and it is well worth the 30 pounds cost, it makes me very proud to live in Pembrokeshire and I highly recommend that you buy a bottle if you visit or you can purchase it on Amazon.co.uk.

I hope you enjoyed this review, its not often I buy different rums so it was nice to talk about this one.

Here’s to you John Roberts for ever known as Barti Ddu.

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Spielberg Month: JAWS Review

We’re gonna need a bigger boat

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This two hour thriller about a great white shark that’s terrorising the locals of Amity Island may not have been the first theatrical film directed by Steven Spielberg but the impact it left definitely kick started a string of back to back hits for the film maker.

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Based on the book of the same name, the movie stars the late Roy Scheider as  chief Brody Amity Islands chief of police, Brody is the first person on Amity Island to witness one of the sharks victims when he finds the half eaten remains of a young girl washed up on a beach, Brody quickly informs the mayor who only really cares about the towns income and he refuses to allow Brody too close the beaches as he doesn’t want to risk turning away tourists, of course this decision only leaves more victims for Hollywood’s most famous shark  and eventually Brody decides to gang together with an old fisherman played by Robert Shaw and a marine biologist played by Richard Dreyfuss to take out the shark themselves.

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For a film with such a simple premise it’s honestly amazing just how well it was directed, so many scenes in the movie are directed in a way so that the audience can always know when the shark is on screen even when they cant see it, the Oscar award winning John Williams score that consists of only a few notes only plays to make the audience aware of the sharks presence but when the audience cannot see the shark the music doesn’t play so when it then appears in the same scene it always catches people off guard, by far the most moving part of the movie is the entire final act with our three heroes on the boat, throughout this entire act we can see the different views and personalities of the characters as they bounce off each other and constantly butt heads, my favourite scene is when the marine biologist and the fisherman are showing each-other their battle wounds with each scar and cut getting more grizzly as the competition goes on and its during this scene that we learn that the fisherman was part of the crew on the Indianapolis which is why he is always so angry and short tempered.

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During this same act the three men drink whisky and sing a song with very important lyrics as it tells us that they are drunk and it also shows that they all realise that this mission could very likely get them killed and all three of them would much rather be back home where its safer.

“Show me the way to go home
I’m tired and I want to go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago
And it’s gone right to my head
Wherever I may roam
On land or sea or foam
You can always hear me singing this song
Show me the way to go home”

During the scene this song is sang multiple times getting faster and louder every time the actors sing another verse and whats very clever about this moment is that eventually the shark attacks the boat and the song ends as our heroes are now preparing to fight for their lives, I don’t believe this scene has ever had a confirmation for its meaning but personally I like to think that it was made to distract the audience, its one of the only light hearted scenes in the film and the fact that the song gets faster as the shark approaches is very similar to the John Williams score that was this time absent, so I have to wonder if perhaps this scene was made in the way it was to shock the audience as they may not have expected the shark to attack the boat which makes the shark more sneaky and much more frightening.

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My favourite performance in Jaws is Richard Dreyfuss as the Marine Biologist but the entire cast does a brilliant job at performing their roles and I cant complain about a single performance as  Spielberg did a fantastic job of making sure that everyone worked to the best of their abilities, Spielberg is known to have been very strict during the films production and the final result from the actors and actresses really pay off because of this.

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Over 40 years later and Jaws still has a massive impact on so many people, today I am always wary of going into the ocean when I visit the beach and this movie is big cause of this, thankfully I was able to get hold of a Blu-Ray for this movie and even though I am yet again disappointed with the lack of a Directors Commentary, the special features have hours of extras including a two hour long documentary about the making of the film,  this along with a lot of deleted scenes is a great excuse to pick up a copy for yourself.

Only one week left in Spielberg Month and lets hope that the next movie allows us to finish off this celebration of Spielberg’s work with a bang.

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It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas (2002) Review

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It’s  Christmas Eve and an evil business woman is going to legally own the Muppet Theater if Kermit and his friends cant raise enough money to pay off the Theater’s loan.

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This movie is brilliant and not in the sense that its a perfect movie but more to do with the films premise, for those who are unaware this film is a Muppet’s version of It’s a Wonderful life.

Of course its not as dark and depressing but it does have a lot of charm and originality for what is essentially a remake of an already existing property, the Muppet’s are great as usual and they provide a lot of very funny jokes including some that are purely for the adults.

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Whoopi Goldberg plays an amazing God, its so funny to see such a chilled out lord of the universe and who wouldn’t love a God who is a massive fan of Spongebob? (from the movie haha not sure if Whoopi really loves Spongebob)

There are so many references in this film from Steve Irwin to Star Wars, the only reference I didn’t like was the Grinch and that was because instead of choosing to reference the original they chose that terrible Jim Carrey Movie.

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I don’t know how they do it,but somehow almost every Muppet movie has a sad song that makes me cry in this case its about Kermit wanting his life back, trust me guys this rivals the goodbye song from Muppet’s Take Manhatten.

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas is a surprisingly very good film, its not perfect but its nice and that all you really need for a decent family flick, all of the actors, actresses and Muppet’s do a fantastic job and the film is genuinely quite charming.

Do yourself a favor and pick this one up this year.

Thanks for reading my Review of It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas

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