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"Eristoff Black" is one of the many brands of vodka based spirits available from the Eristoff vodka brand, which is now owned by Bacardi. It is important to note that Eristoff itself is not vodka in its purest form, but more-so, a vodka based spirit mixed with flavours. While most vodkas from this price range will be between 37.5% and 40%, sometimes more, Eristoff Black is 20%. It still has a high alcohol content and a high price tag to go with it, but is Eristoff Black really worth all the fuss and the money that you have to pay out when you could get a more alcoholic beverage for around the same price?
===UNITS AND ALCOHOL CONTENT
Do not be put off by the price tag when you see the 20% alcohol content. A 700ml, or 70CL bottle of Eristoff Black still has 14 UK units, which is well over the legal limit. You will still get quite a kick out of Eristoff Bolack like you would other vodkas, and you will likely enjoy it a hell of a lot more too. This will last you a while because of its high alcohol content like regular bottles of vodka, and when you taste it, you will want to savour it.
===PRICE AND AVAILABILITY===
70 CL of Eristoff Black has recently seen a price drop. Several UK supermarkets currently have it on offer at £8.00 for a 70CL bottle. Most supermarkets such as ASDA and Tesco currently sell it at £10.00 per 70CL bottle. This is quite a dramatic price drop as I distinctly remember these vodka based spirits being quite a bit more in supermarkets during my weekly shops.
Eristoff black looks incredible and you can see it a mile off. The drink comes in a signature black bottle and even the logo and cap are black. The logo itself is a howling wolf, which is a throwback to its origins in Georgia as "The Land Of The Wolf". You will see this bottle a mile off and even when it is empty, you won't want to throw the bottle away.
===TASTE, SMELL AND FLAVOURS===
Eristoff Black is one of the most impressive alcoholic beverages I have ever tasted as far as vodka based spirits go. Eristoff Black is flavoured with wild berries, and you can smell the wild berry aroma as soon as you open the bottle. When you pour it, you will not be able to wait until you taste it. As soon as it hits your tongue, your mouth is overcome with exotic berry tastes and when you swallow, you will still get that intense, warming feeling as you would from any straight vodka. I personally prefer to drink this straight because I adore the taste and warming feeling, but it is possible to drink this with energy drinks. However, I recommend adding Vimto if you cannot handle it straight; stick to the fruity flavour mixers.
===FINAL WORDS AND IS IT WORTH IT?===
Eristoff Black is my favourite out of all of the Eristoff brands. This drink is just sublime as far as its taste and scent go. It is completely flawless. This has always been one of my most favourite vodka based spirits and I am glad that it has seen a dramatic drop in price recently as I can now afford to drink this more often. If you are a vodka fan, I believe that you will enjoy this. Despite the lower alcohol content, you will pay less too and you still get 14 units for a steal of a price of anywhere between 8 and 10 quid. Considering you don't have to buy any mixers, this smells amazing, tastes perfect and looks incredible on any liquor shelf or cabinet, I would certainly thoroughly recommend this flawless vodka based spirit.
As an owner of two huge Doberman dogs, I am happy to report that this Kong treat toy is even suitable for larger breeds of dogs. While you will pay quite a bit for it compared to cheaper alternatives such as the pound shop toys, you really do get your money's worth. Kong is a trusted pet brand and while you will pay over a tenner for this treat dispenser toy, it really is worth every penny. My dogs will play with this toy for hours and hours if I put their favourite variety of treats in there. This is a "once a week" play treat for my dogs so that they do not get too many treats, and they usually get it after a long walk of a Sunday when I go home to cook the dinner.
I first bought this toy several years ago and it was an instant hit. You simply twist the side and pull away to remove the lid, and from there, you can put in any treats you like as long as they are small enough to fit through the hole in the middle. You can put as many as you like in. For larger treats, simply break them up into smaller pieces so that they can fit through. My dogs enjoy "doggy chocolate buttons" the most so they are usually the prime choice for the Kong treat dispenser toy, but other treats do get put into it. I like to give them a variety so they don't know what they are going to get!
The toy itself is quite thick and very durable. As my dogs are massive, they are able to pick up the toy and drop it, which the eldest dog does occasionally when she gets frustrated with it. This usually does make a treat or two dispense from the pressure and force of the drop amusingly. Luckily, she is more inclined to dribble it about than pick it up and drop it all the time. However, even when she does pick it up and drop it, the lid has never came off once, nor has the product been damaged at all. I believe that this definitely shows its durability. It has also withstood a harsh winter of being left out in the cold (as they occasionally take it outside) and after it went missing this past February in the snow storms, I later found out that it was hidden under a layer of snow and ice in the yard. Again, it is still alive and working perfectly!
While the price tag may not be too appealing when there are cheaper alternatives out there, you really do get your money's worth with this Kong treat dispenser toy and I don't think I would buy a cheaper brands after seeing how perfect this one is. My two Dobermans love it and have done for quite some time. It is suitable as a treat for big dogs and smaller dogs alike. It is durable and long lasting and I firmly believe that you really do get what you pay for with this flawless pet toy from Kong.
Vladivar Vodka is a brand of luxury yet affordable vodka whose origins stem from Warrington but now reside in the wonderful Scottish Highlands. Boasting a distinct shaped bottle, a familiar font heading and a breathtaking design style, Vladivar is certainly aesthetically appealing to say the least. However, the vodka is also awe inspiring in another way. The vodka, much like Smirnoff Vodka, has not only been triple distilled, but it has been charcoal filtered in order to give it that luxurious texture and taste that the United Kingdom so adores about this once-booming brand of luxury vodka. While today, other names are much bigger than Vladivar, this vodka still has a place in the hearts of many of its drinkers. How does Vladivar Vodka fair in today's day and age?
As far as the aesthetics of Vladivar Vodka go, it is definitely one of the more impressive luxury vodka brands out there that is still affordable. While Smirnoff may be recognisable for its red label, other brands have ripped off that logo countless times which makes it seem less impressive. With Vladivar, it is quite hard to find a bottle of luxury vodka with such an impressive logo and bottle that is still affordable. This looks amazing on any drinks shelf or cabinet. It is pure liquid when it is poured from the bottle from the glass, and as you fill it up, you will be able to see the quality of the vodka.
===SMELL AND TASTE===
I have never been a big fan of the smell of vodka. Vladivar is no exception. It still has "that vodka smell" but it seems more manageable than cheaper brands. I find this with most luxury brands, though. Bearable but nothing unique; the usual vodka smell associated with this drink.
The taste is where Vladivar shines. While you can drink this straight, I much prefer to drink it with a slight dash of lemon, and a lime on the side of the glass. I find Vladivar quite a fruity vodka compared to others and find that it mingles really well with a dash of lemon and a piece of fruit, much like gin does. Some people may not like the taste of it straight however, so feel free to add in some cloudy lemonade to taste. While you can have vodka and coke like many choose to do so, I wouldn't recommend it as the coke grossly overpowers the taste of the vodka. You'd be much better of spending half the price on a cheap brand if you're going to have vodka and coke. Treat this brand with luxury, especially if you're paying top price for it.
===PRICE AND AVAILABILITY===
One of the daunting things about Vladivar Vodka is its price. Many people will be inclined to purchase cheaper brands because of the price. You will pay around £15.00 for a 70CL bottle which is around the same price as Smirnoff. However, Vladivar jumps right back into the game with its 1.5 litre bottle which you can get for around £25.00. If you like this vodka brand and want to save a bit of money, you could opt for the 1.5 litre so it will last you longer and save you a bit of money in the long-run than just buying 70cl bottles all the time. Vladivar is available from most supermarkets.
Here are a list of current Vladivar Vodka prices:
Tesco: £15.50 for one litre
Asda: £15.50 for one litre
Drinks Supermarket: 19.99 for one litre. (Weird, considering their motto is 'drinks for less'...
===FINAL WORDS AND IS IT WORTH IT?===
Vladivar Vodka is a generation old now, but the quality has not slipped. The brand, now owned by popular drinks company "White And Mackay" is still very delicious and is now a viable competitor to other brands such as Smirnoff. With Warrington origins and now Scottish origins also, Vladivar is definitely worth a buy if you are a connoisseur of fine, luxury vodkas at cheap, affordable prices. Considering you can purchase a litre bottle of Vladivar Vodka from everyday supermarkets for under £20.00, you really have nothing to lose in trying this vodka. It goes great with a dash of lemon and a piece of fruit, it is aesthetically pleasing, it is as delicious as rival brands and twice as delicious as cheap ones and more importantly, it is affordable to the general public. As one of my favourite affordable luxury vodka brands, I would thoroughly recommend this to any vodka drinkers out there whom may be reading this!
Sonic Adventure DX: The Director's Cut is definitely the most awesome of all of the Sonic Adventure instalments. From the game that was originally released on the Sega Dreamcast over a decade ago comes this, a flawless HD remake that truly thrives and prospers on the awesome power of the PC. Boasting one of the most perfect Sonic storylines in history, as well as some truly addictive gameplay and a genius cast of characters - not to mention - a lot of cheeky bonus extras, as well as bonus characters - you can expect nothing more than arguably the biggest and best Sonic The Hedgehog titles in all of gaming thus far. Are you ready for an adventure!?
The evil Dr. Robotnik, now going by "Dr. Eggman" aims to take over the world once more. Only this time, he is doing a pretty darn good job of doing it, no thanks to Knuckles who has once again been brainwashed by Eggman! It I up to Sonic and Tails to try and stop Eggman's evil plans. Of course, Amy Rose, who is still head over heels in love with Sonic, has her own agenda, as does Big The Cat, who is sick to death of being woken up and just wants somewhere nice to sleep. Things go bad fo0r Big however when Froggy runs away, oh no! What you get here is a masterful adventure game where you can control Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big, and even a rebellious Robot of Robotnik who really does have a good circuit heart.
With the PC version, there is even a mod to play as Metal sonic in an additional campaign which is a lot of fun!
In Sonic Adventure, you follow one main storyline for each character, and you can sleect from a variety of different characters who all have their own agendas and their own storylines, but all of the stories eventually meet up on Eggman's Egg Carrier. The gameplay in Sonic Adventure is much different than other Sonic games.
You get the ability to roam around the "Adventure Areas" and in each adventure area, you cvan find a number of secret things such as access to dungeons or even Chao Eggs which can be taken to the chao garden. Power ups can also be found which make characters stronger and even give them new powers. Always be sure to explore these areas! In dungeons, there are also secret areas which can give you access to new powers. It's always a good idea to explore in this game to say the least.
The Chao Garden feature is also a lot of fun. Chaos are basically pets. You can raise them from eggs, purchase toys for them from the shops and more. Chaos can be raised into different types such as running chaos, flying chaos and more and they all have their own individual styles and appearances. You can name them and even race them and alter their appearance by giving them animals, which can be gathered by defeating enemies in the dungeon maps. These animals are basically the Sonic Adventure version of "Flickies" from other Sonic games.
===FINAL WORDS AND IS IT WORTH IT===
Sonic Adventure is my all-time favourite Sonic game and it was made ten times better with DX. The game simply thrives on the PC and the amazing graphics and music are truly flawless on the PC. The mods out there enable more levels and character skins such as Metal Sonic and even Super Sonic and even Chaotix characters. There is no limit to this game. I have been replaying it for over ten years now and still love it and the DX version makes it that much better. Considering this can be bought for next to nothing on Amazon these days, I would definitely recommend this, what I consider to be the greatest Sonic game of all time, to any gamers looking for some flawless, addictive and family friendly games.
No pets are clean pets, and with every pet comes a huge responsibility. It is up to you as the owner of the pet to clean up after them. Growing up with an array of pets all my life including dogs, tarantulas, snakes, lizards and fish, as well as many insects, this has always been the case. Never however have I encountered a messier animal than our cat, Jeanie. Nor have I ever smelled anything as foul as cat poop and cat urine, either, for that matter. With every cat comes a simple necessity that is a litter tray and with every litter tray, a litter tray scoop is essential. I bought the CatIt litter scoop for £2.00 from our local pet shop. A pound more than a lighter, less durable alternative, I Felt this one would be better and have more longevity. This is definitely a necessity for any cat owner.
The scoop is affordable at only £2.00 and it has lasted us twelve months thus far and it is still in great condition. The shape of the scoop means that it can get to the edges and corners of the litter tray which is essential to get out those horrible remnants of cat litter because they absolutely stink. I can't stand the smell of the litter tray so the majority of the time I get my partner to do it, which iss weird because I have never been like this with all the pets I have ever had! However, the times I do clean the litter tray, I am glad that I have this handy little "poop scoop" as a way to make the process quicker and less painful.
The scoop in question has filter holes which allow the excess, clean litter to just filter through them, while the clumped up, icky, disgusting, horrible litter can go straight into a bag... A tightly sealed bag, where nobody ever has to smell it ever, ever again. Except the poor bin men. Sorry guys... Once the "job" has been done and all of the dirty litter is scooped out, and even during the regular changes of the litter tray in its entirety, using this scoop as a "scraper" on the bottom of the tray (disgusting, I know...) helps to ensure that no horrible pee pee litter is left at the bottom. This, aloing with a quick scrub, gets the job done!
Overall, I would most certainly recommend this to anyone who owns a cat. I simply would not be able to change a litter tray without this because of the smell and the texture and just about everything involved in kitty litter. It looks, smells and is disgusting. However, as I have OCD and am a complete clean freak, the tray has to be clean at all times. This scoop allows me to keep on top of it so that it doesn't get out of hand and when it comes to "the big change" where all of the litter gets replaced, this handy little scoop again helps me every step of the way, and it's not an easy journey for me to make to say the least...
I need to man up, I hear you say? Well, how about you come and hold my Goliath Bird Eating Spider and we'll see who's manly and who isn't. Yeah, that shut you up, didn't it. Crazy, though, how I can handle a highly venomous spider the size of a dinner plate, and yet I cringe and fear whenever I have to clean out a litter tray...
I don't hide the fact that I thoroughly enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time. However, as I have got a little bit older, I have been blessed with a much more appreciative taste for variation. There was a time when it was "one or the other" but these days, I definitely thrive on variation when it comes to my alcoholic drinks. Here are some of my favourite alcoholic drinks along with a compare and contrast.
I am quite a big whiskey drinker. This is definitely right at the top of my favourite spirit list. When I want something hard and strong, I go straight for jack daniels. It gets the job done. If I want something a little smoother and fruiter, I opt for Jim Beam. However, because of the prices of these two top names, I can't always afford them. When at the pub, I like to mix and match between JD Tennessee and Jamesons Irish. At Christmastime, I like to indulge in a few bottles of Bells, and one single bottle of "Gentleman Jack" which is definitely my favourite.
I am not as picky with my vodka as other spirits because vodka is a "to the point" drink anyway, and it smells horrible. Vodka is always just a mixer for me unless I am buying expensive vodka. I'll buy the cheaper stuff such as Glens and Tesco Imperial and occasionally Sainsburies Value. However, when it is a special occasion such as Christmas or a birthday, I like to buy the better vodka brands such as Absolut and Smirnoff. There are a lot of good vodkas out there and a lot of bad ones, too. I feel I've got a good selection here.
With Gin, it is Gordon's for me, every time. Sadly, gin is a little bit expensive, especially Gordon's, so this is usually a Christmas treat for me. I usually stick to the cheaper brands of London Dry. Supermarket brands are often tasty enough to last me a nice drink when mixed with tonic water or bitter lemon, but in Winter, one bottle of Gordon's suffices and satisfies me.
I am not really a huge fan of cider at all as I find it often gives me a headache. I have tried the cheaper brands such as Frosty Jacks and Three Hammers and hate them. I don't mind Strongbow when there is nothing else on offer. Bulmers Pear, Brothers Pear and Kopperburg Pear are among my favourite ciders. I try to steer clear of apple cider unless it is on offer at the pub. However, I do completely love "Kiss Cider" and "Fizz Cider", especially the cherry ciders! I just have no idea where else sells them other than a small corner shop in Pleck!
I do enjoy beer. I enjoy strong lagers, but usually avoid them due to the high alcohol content. I find Kestrel one of my favourite strong lagers for its fruity taste and seriously awesome looking can, too. However, one can of this gets me tipsy because it is very strong. I enjoy Tiger Beer. I try to avoid the "commercial beers" if I can help it and much prefer the "mix and match" selection from Tesco which allows me to try an array of beers from their selection and you usually get four for 5 or 6 quid, which is great. I like ale too. One of my favourites is "Old Tom". I definitely recommend, if you enjoy the taste of beer, go for a mix and match selection; you won't be disappointed, and it is much more fun and easy to enjoy than "just getting in a six pack".
When it comes to wine, I am not exactly snobbish at all. I will just usually get the "two for a fiver" offer from my local off license and this is good enough for me. I only mix it with lemonade anyway, LOL! However, my favourite red wine is Blossom Hill soft and fruity and California red. These two I refuse to mix. I also enjoy white wine and rose too. I'm not really snobbish with brands, I'll just get what's cheapest unless Blossom hill is on offer, in which case I will pay the bit extra because the quality is top notch!
The recent re-launch of Hooch is lovely! I have only tried the lemon brew thus far, but it is definitely one of my favourite alcoholic drinks. I can't get enough of this stuff. I have also recently tried "Alcoholic Ginger Beer" and love it. The same for Jeremiah Weed. I love both the root brew which is like ginger beer without the heat on the throat. Amazing when chilled in the freezer for half hour. And I also enjoy the regular Jeremiah Weed as well. I enjoy Jagermeister as a party drink and it goes great with energy drinks to keep me awake through the night, and raving on the dance floor of course.
It is plain to see that I am an alcohol enthusiast and I always have been. I love the stuff! I enjoy it when I write, when I relax and on nights out. Luckily, I am smart enough to know it is bad for you and to know my limits so I try to limit myself to once a week these days, and only when I really fancy it. I hope the aforementioned list helps you make a choice on what to drink this weekend!
The first time I ever tried Jagermeister, my wonderful friends didn't care to tell me that it was highly alcoholic. I immediately became addicted to the taste of it and because they were telling me it was an alcopop, I was just happily enjoying it, necking bomb after bomb and then, when it came for "the dare" for me to mix it with vodka, as you may expect, I began to feel a little bit funny when I went outside and the fresh air hit me. That is the last I remember of that night other than staggering home, getting thrown off the bus and then buying a bag of chips and curry sauce from a takeaway and then eating them in a gutter with my equally drunk friend. Classy blokes. I then endured a three day "Jager-Ka Hangover" that is by far the worst hangover I have ever had.
As far as taste goes, Jagermeister actually tastes like cough medicine. It has a distinct "cough medicine" like taste and it tastes like a blend of liquorice and a bit of aniseed, like a really strong humbug. As far as the taste goes, I adored cough medicine growing up, so it took me back. It is that reason why I adored the taste. I dare not drink this stuff straight anymore, and I can't handle it straight except for the odd shot here and there at a party. This is best served with energy drinks. I find that Monster is the one we usually get when out on the town, but this also goes great with other energy drinks such as Emerge and Red bull. However, my favourites to mix it with are Relentless, Red Devil and Rockstar. Basically, any energy drink makes this manageable and tasty.
Vodka of course really needs no introduction. Just about everyone that drinks vodka knows that it is a flawless mixer. Vodka is much cheaper than Jager, too. I have tried Glens, Absolut, Smirnoff and an array of other vodkas. I have also mxied vodka with other drinks int he past and not been ill, but a few shots of vodka mixed with jager and I was gone. It was truly horrendous. We mixed cheap vodka with it which may have played a part. Also, int he past, I have also made the mistake of mixing both vodka and jager with milk which made my tummy curdle. Avoid doing this when indulging in lovely alcoholic spirits such as these!
Jager is definitely the ultimate "party drink" in my friendship group. It is what we always have when preparing to go out, and it is usually what we stick to whenever we go up to the bar in the clubs. Jager bombs are usually on offer in places we go to such as three for a fiver or in some rare cases, we have even seen 10 for a tenner! They even do Jager jugs these days which are, as you would expect, jugs or fish bowls with lots of jager shots in and some extra cheeky ingredients. Careful how you drink through that straw, though, you'll be smashed so quickly!
Overall, Jagermeister is definitely a lovely drink, but for a relatively large size bottle, you are looking to pay around £19.00 from a garage or off license, and even more if you go out on the town and buy Jagerbombs. Be sure to drink plenty of water; this will get you drunk quickly, and Jager hangovers are not particularly nice at all. I will never forget that hangover, and I never want another one like it ever again, and if you don't, then choose whether you are going to enjoy either vodka OR jager on your night out; never mix these two insanely alcoholic spirits, otherwise you WILL regret it!
Despite my initial bad experience with Jager and vodka, both have a wonderful, tasty and are very high octane alcoholic drinks and are definitely one of the best ones out there for party nights. Despite its high price tag, I would definitely recommend it, and I would especially recommend jager bombs and jager jugs! The same applies for vodka; great on its own, great withmixers, usually on fofers on nights out. Just be sure to never mix the two and you can be assured of great times ahead!
While the concept of a radiator bed is definitely a great one, it sadly isn't always as practical as it seems. I have many friends with cats who have enjoyed much success with these beds and when I found one for £20.00 at our local pet store, I decided to get one for Jeanie. However, she still has not taken to it at all, and I have not seen her sleep in it even once despite it hanging on the radiator now for several months. I'm still hoping, but I can't see her taking to it...
The bed attaches to the top of any radiator and it contains a thick bed and a thick blanket to go with it. There are an array of sizes available. At the pet store, we purchased the biggest size as Jeanie is a particularly long cat. It attaches to the top of any radiator easily; just hook it over and job done. Then, when the radiator is on, the blanket becomes a conductor in a way, making it nice, warm and cosy.
The bed is also a flawless way to save space. Being attached to the radiator, it frees the floor of any pet beds which often accumulate dust and hair. So basically, the concept is awesome. A bed that's on the radiator, out of the way and that contributes to keeping a clean home.
However, as I said, Jeanie just hasn't taken to it. She has her own floor bed on the floor by the radiator already, and it is much longer than even the largest radiator bed we could get a hold of in the local pet store. She likes to get completely lazy and sprawl out. She can't do that on the radiator bed. She only uses her floor bed at night-time as well. During the day, when she has the run of the home, she usually finds her way onto my bed, or on the sofa. In both day and night, I have not seen her use the radiator bed once, even the times I have put her on it, she just hops right back off - even when it is warm!
The only thing I can suggest is that you purchase it and keep the receipt. If your cat doesn't like it, take it back and get your money back or sell it to a friend who may like it. While I fell in love twith the concept of a radiator bed, as I have OCD and things HAVE to be clean - and this concept would have cleared floor space and allowed my home to be properly clean and the floor free of cat hairs in that area - Jeanie just didn't take to it. It's getting to the point now where I know it's a lost cause and I should just take it down, but here's hoping she changes her mind. If anyone has any suggestions as to how to get her to use it, then by all means leave a comment.
A great concept, a lovely, fluffy, warm and relatively large bed, great for saving space - but sadly, it may not be for all cats; it's definitely not for our Jeanie!
Trixie can covers are a simple necessity for me. I simply can't stand the smell of Jeanie's cat food when it is kept in the fridge. I am also a vegetarian so I don't really like the smell of meat too much and when the cat food cans are kept in the fridge, especially the fish based ones, they have a tendency to occupy all of the fridge and smell contaminate much of the food in there. So, we opted to keeping her cat food in the cupboard once opened. However, this resulted in the food going off. Then, I was told to try and find can covers. Trixie Can Covers were the first ones I found from my local pet store, and I haven't looked back. I bought two packs of these for 2 pounds in order to take advantage of the offer as in the shop, they were 1.50 each.
Now, I can keep the cat food in the fridge without the smell ruining the food, and without the food going off. These are definitely a solid investment that I would recommend to any cat owner and they are also suitable for dog food, and just about any cans at all, too. I have even used them for regular human food such as canned beans, canned spaghetti and canned fruit that has to be stored in the fridge when opened and you get the same result; fresh food that lasts even longer without omitting smells and ruining the fridge. Of course, do not use the ones you use on the pet food for your food, too, unless for some reason you like cat food or dog food... Each to their own.
These can covers are for 400g cans meaning they fit the bigger cans of pet food and human food too. They come in an array of colours but you don't get to choose unless you buy them separately. In the pack that I bought from the local pet shop, we had red, blue and pink, but the second pack had green, red and yellow, I suppose they do it solely to add variation. Either way, the colour doesn't really matter. They are made from plastic, and they fit perfectly over a 400g can just like you would expect any regular lid to. Imagine your pot of Bisto gravy; it slots on just like the lid of the gravy pot, and it's got a cute paw shaped handle for easy removal so you don't get any food on your hands.
Overall, these are definitely an essential for me as I do not like the smell of cat food and our cupboards get too warm to store the cat food in which results in it going off. When I lived at home, we also used to use similar can covers for the canned dog food. These Trixie ones are flawless value for money at £1.50 each ion my local pet shop or two packs for 2 pound which is even better; a pound each! And, as they fit all 400g cans, you can use them on cat food, dog food and even people food, making them an incredibly useful and flawlessly versatile can cover option, they are easy to clean, have endless longevity, and they are cute looking, too! A perfect score from me; don't know what I would do without them!
One of our more recent cat related purchases took us to Pound Land in town where we managed to snag ourselves a packet of four "ping pong balls" as you would expect, for a pound. These balls were "cage like" and had a bell inside. They came in an array of colours including pink on white, white on pink, a red one and then a fluffy white one. They are small in size like any ping pong ball and our cat, Jeanie, loves them so much, perhaps even a little bit too much. However, they are definitely one of our best budget cat toy purchases because of how much she loves them!
As soon as we got them home and opened them, she was over the moon. We initially gave her all four of them and she did switch between them every now and then. When we pick them up and throw them, she goes mad and has to chase them even when she's tired. She just has to! However, what's cutest is when she dribbles them around and plays with them alone. Sometimes, if she gets them trapped in a corner, she will pick it up in her mouth and drop it back into the open space. When she's especially playful, she will bat it to us to play with her and sometimes, when she's hyper, she goes actually insane with it, running all over the place!
However, even though this may sound a bit mean, I have to confiscate them from her at night. She sleeps in the living room rather than in the bedroom because she is a bit mischievous at night time. She has a tendency to play with these ping pong balls at night time and the bell is annoying, and what's worse is that she bats them against the bedroom wall. I am a very light sleeper, so this often keeps me awake if I forget to take them away from her, which means I have to get out of bed and store them away. If you are a light sleeper, be sure to confiscate these at night in favour of a less noisy toy., because these are incredibly noisy.
Overall, these are definitely a worthwhile buy. These are the first packet of ball toys we have purchased for Jeanie, and she has not left them alone and we have owned them a good 3-4 months now. They are quite sturdy and while it is unlikely your cat will break them, Jeanie has broken one of them which resulted in a panic because she nearly ate the tiny bell when it fell out of the ball. I have trod on one of them which broke it instantly, but she currently has two left; the fluffy white material one and one cage ball which makes all the noise. Keep an eye on them in the even that they break and be sure to clean up immediately!
For a pound, you can't really moan! These are great toys at a great price, and the cat loves them!
The Kong protective collar was given to us for free by our vet when we had our cat, Jeanie, spayed earlier on in the year. She was nearly one year old. The cone itself came in incredibly handy as it prevented her access to her neuter wound which meant she couldn't pull out her stitches, basically keeping her safe from harm. However, she found it really hard to get used to, and I found myself feeling very sorry for her as it completely changed her temperament and the way she acted. Originally, I thought it was the spay that changed her personality, but it was just the cone. A month later when we came to take it off, she was back to her normal self the second it was removed.
These cones will be given for free by some vets if you take your cat in to be neutered or spayed. However, if you do not want to take the risk, you can purchase them in advance if you are looking to get your cat neutered or spayed. They can be purchased for under a tenner which is really a great price considering the fact that it comes in very handy.
The cone itself is quite large but is not too heavy so you do not have to worry about your cat hurting itself. The cone fastens around the neck like a regular collar and it is adjustable so you can find the best and most comfortable way for your cat to wear it. However, I definitely recommend that you let the vet put it on. I had a tendency to be lenient with it as I felt sorry for her which resulted in her shaking it off a few times and she would go straight for her wound. Just let the vet do it. If it looks a bit tight, it's for the best.
The issues I have with the collar is that Jeanie found it very difficult to eat because of how big it was. In the end, we resorted to both hand feeding her in the case of treats, but when she needed her medicine, we just removed the cone and wouldn't let her go for her wound. Sometimes, she would just ignore her dish and try to clean herself, which is when we would put the cone back on. She would obviously get so hungry where as soon as the cone came off, she would go straight for her food... Then the wound, which is when the cone went back on, LOL. Sly little girl she is.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these cones. They are sturdy, stable, not too heavy, essential for injury and spays and neuters and they are affordable. More importantly, they are easy to clean and reusable time and time again. I still have ours stored away in the "Pet Cupboard" even though we only have one cat and Jeanie is an indoor cat, but you never know when it may come in handy again or when a friend may need one. Definitely a worthwhile purchase and if you're lucky, the vet will give it you for free.
I have been a whiskey drinker for quite some time. I'm in my 20's, but have always been ahead of my years in terms of my taste. This applies for just about everything from music and movies all the way to my choice in alcoholic beverages. I have tried just about everything and whiskey is one that I feel I relate to quite a bit. Everything from the smell, the taste, the texture, the colour and the shape of the bottles is appealing to me and when I am not on a budget, I really do thoroughly enjoy going out and deciding on a bottle of whiskey I haven't tried before, or the "tried and tested" brands which I enjoy.
===JACK AND JIM===
The two obvious brands are definitely very much enjoyable. Jack Daniels is the hard, commercial Tennessee whiskey, and it is a pricey one at that. However, it is worth every penny. The brand has expanded from just "one" whiskey, the usual "Jack", to countless others. I especially enjoy Jack Daniels and honey and for me, I definitely enjoy a "Gentleman Jack", which is a luxury Jack brand, at Christmastime. Jim Beam is a bourbon whiskey with a distinct taste. Again, this has also stemmed off into a brand, and when I fancy a change from Jack, Jim's always there. A smoother, less harsh taste than Jack, and just as enjoyable.
Bells is my obvious choice for whiskey when I am on a budget. A luxury scotch, Bells boasts a beautiful looking bottle, a distinct, tantalizing colour and more importantly, it is still quite affordable even when on a budget. You can get a big bottle of this usually for under a tenner at places like ASDA and Tesco.
Jamesons is an Irish whiskey. Whenever I go to the pub, I either have Jack or Jamesons to choose from and I like to vary from time to time, so if at first I go up for a double jack, I'll go back and get a double jameson's next. Jack is slightly harsher than Jamesons, and a find Jamesons gives you a warmer kick in your throat than Jack. Taste wise, I find them both delicious, but both are completely distinct to the other.
One thing I avoid if I can is cheap whiskey brands. The home brands such as Tesco's own brands and ASDA home brands, as well as the corner shop knock-offs of expensive whiskeys (similar label and bottle only half the price). They have a tendency to be quite bitter and unenjoyable. I feel if I am going to buy whiskey, I will buy nice whiskey or avoid it these days, unless I REALLY fancy a whiskey but can't afford a nice brand, in which case, I will buy one of these and a bottle of coke. I never like to mix my whiskey with coke, but cheap whiskey, I allow myself to.
Whiskey is definitely one of my favourite alcoholic drinks out there. It always boasts distinct, unique tastes and there is so much to choose from. If I ever get rich, I would definitely like to travel the world and have a dram of whiskey in every country of the world. Now that would just be lovely. I would definitely recommend whiskey to alcohol drinkers. It is tasty, it is relaxing in moderation, always puts me to sleep at a night time, it smells great and it is definitely one of the best alcohol forms out there in my opinion.
Absinthe is definitely one of the more "taboo" alcoholic spirits out there for a number of reasons. Firstly, the alcohol itself has a tendency to be well over 50 Percent alcoholic content, sometimes between %55 and even %77 depending on the brand you buy. Absinthe is also not a "cheap" brand of alcohol either. While for countless years, it completely vanished from shelves, the drink is now back and it can be bought throughout the United Kingdom or from the Internet with prices ranging between £30.00 and up... and up. Seriously, this drink is pricy. But, is it really worth it? The first ever bottle of Absinthe I bought cost me £49.99, and it was both an impulse buy, and a "test"...
===WORTH THE MONEY?===
And, it was a great one, at that. I really wanted to see if the old wives tales were true about Absinthe. It is no secret that I love an alcoholic beverage, but if this has a little "extra" in it, that boasts its prospects as a hallucinogenic, then I am going to want to test that, just for the hell of it really. And because it is fun. I am also very much drawn to things with whimsical, fantastical names - and this is nicknamed "The Green Fairy" because of its hallucinogenic prospects which apparently made French people see Green Faeries. Now, I like Black Sabbath, and I like fantasy stories, and I like booze. You do the math. This was fifty quid well spent, but did it work?
===LETS GO ON A TRIP===
You're darn right it did. I didn't really follow any recipes online to make this drink anything "special". It is best enjoyed in shot form due to its high alcohol content. So, I did one shot of it, and you can feel it working almost immediately. It makes your toes tingle and your wrists feel weird. At least, it did for me. I happened to be gaming at the time and was playing Dark Souls with some friends, which is why we splashed out and bought the absinthe in the first place. Needless to say, in a game which boasts massive demons and dragons, I started to feel "funny". It definitely felt like a trip.
===ACTUALLY, LETS GET SOME FRESH AIR... WAIT, IS THAT A FAUN?===
The worst thing we did was go out to get some fresh air down on the canal. Everything just felt real, as if we were grossly aware of absolutely everything around us. I definitely saw things, and while I can't vouch for my friends, they claim to have seen things too. No faeries though, which I was kind of hoping for, mainly because I wanted to go to Pan's Labyrinth. It looks pretty in there.
===WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN?===
My first absinthe experience was definitely an enjoyable and unique one. I wasn't too much of a fan of the taste, or the cost, but I have bought a few bottles since my first experience as it is an enjoyable drink, mainly because of the effects, obviously. However, I do much rather mix it with a bit of lemon rather than necking it straight. If you splash out a bit, you can even get the bottle with the "absinthe spoon" in which you simply mix in a spoon of sugar and a hint of water in to take away the massive kick. It's up to you, really. I'm not an expert on recipes, but I certainly like a drink, and this is a spirit I will definitely drink again when money is a little kinder to me.
I first tasted Gordon's Gin at Christmas 2011. I was incapacitated with a terrible cold and flu and needed something to take the edge off. As Vodka wasn't doing the trick and I simply couldn't stomach anything else, I decided to research into old wives tales involving gin to see if that would actually do the trick. There were many of them, but many claimed that the Juniper Berry, which is use in the distilling process, contributed greatly to relieving pain and curing many basic symptoms of illness and fatigue. While I understand that it may sound silly, it did do a good job in relieving some of my pain, and it also helped me get a good night's sleep. Since then, I regularly enjoy a cheeky tipple of gin when I am looking to enjoy an evening in with a movie or as an accompaniment to my creative writing and I do much prefer this to vodka with Gordon's being my preferred gin of choice when I can find it on offer.
The first thing I notice about Gordon's is its packaging. It had a distinct green bottle and fancy old English writing on it. This is in reference to its history and also to make it stand out on a shelf, and it really does. At Christmastime, this really stood out on out liquor cabinet because of its green bottle which perfectly reflected our Christmas lights and candles. It really is a pleasure to look at!
The smell of the gin is incredible as I pour it into the glass. You can really smell the fruity, spicy aromas entering your nose every time. It still has a bit of a "spirit smell" to it, what with it being distilled in the same way as vodka, but it is not half as bad as vodka in the smell department, much fruiter and more ennoyable.
The taste is where gin truly shines. I find Gordon's Gin very enjoyable on its own, but obviously only in small amounts due to the large alcohol content (37.5%) but if that is too strong for you, then Gin goes great as a mixer, too.
Gin traditionally goes best with tonic water. Schweppes Tonic water is the best for Gordon's Gin. Expensive gin, expensive Tonic; it just makes sense. I also find that the gin goes great with bitter lemon, again from Schweppes. I wouldn't bother with the diet ones either. While a similar taste, if you're indulging in alcohol anyway, you may as well go all the way. Opt for the full sugar tonic water and bitter lemon for the best taste. A couple shots of this and fill it up to half way with the mixer and you have a perfect drink.
Gordon's Gin is definitely my favourite brand of London Dry Gin out there. The only problem is the price. IT is quite costly, which often results in me sadly having to opt for a cheaper brand when I Want a drink. This comes in 35CL bottles, 70CL bottles and litre bottles with a 1.5 and 2 litre bottle available in select locations as well as miniature bottles. For the 25CL bottle, in some places, it will set you back almost a tenner, which just goes to show how expensive this can be when you can get a Sainsbury's basics London dry gin in a 70cl bottle for around the same price as Gordon's 35CL. I have seen the 2 litre bottles going for around £38.00! As you can tell, this isn't one I always buy due to the price, but it is definitely one I thoroughly look forward to and savour when I do. Great for some alcoholic relief and an enjoyable, tasty drink in the process. A flawless product from Gordon's other than its price!
Tesco Imperial Vodka is a great vodka brand from Tesco company. If I shop at Tesco on a budget, this is definitely my go-to vodka as it is much better than the Tesco Value Vodka in just about every way. While still not quite as good as other, more expensive vodka brands, I firmly believe that this is one of the best cheap vodka brands out there that you will find and it really is suitable for just about every purpose involving friends getting together for a few cheeky drinks such as with some movies on this coming Halloween. It is definitely one of the more tolerable cheap value vodkas out there, and arguably among Tesco's greatest "home brand" alcoholic drinks.
The first thing I noticed about Tesco Imperial Vodka is its appearance. It looks much more appealing to the eyes than Tesco Value Vodka and it is completely free of the "Value" logo and even the glass feels better to the touch and to look at, too. Just about everything about this bottle, which comes in 30CL, 70CL, 1 litre and 1.5 litre and more recently, our local Tesco store has started stocking 2 Litre bottles, is better than the Tesco Value brand and it definitely rivals other cheap vodka brands from other third party companies. This is the kind of bottle and packaging that you wouldn't be ashamed to have on your drinks cabinet, as long as you tilt it to the side to show the red on the glass and slightly hide the "Tesco" name to show that you are still being a slight cheap-skate.
As far as smell goes, it definitely still has that Vodka smell, but it doesn't smell as cheap as it should for the price which is a pleasant surprise. The taste on its own is acceptable, but it is not as nice as more expensive vodka brands and therefore, except for the odd shot, this is definitely suited to be more of a mixer. I find that Tesco Imperial Vodka goes great with the usual drinks: vimto, coca cola, pepsi max, cherry tango and even squash such as Tesco's lemon squash and Tesco's orange squash. However, I also find that this drink goes well with Tesco's own brand of fizzy drinks, in particular, their ginger beer, which gives this vodka a lovely warm kick that really sticks in the back of your throat.
As to be expected, you will pay a couple quid more for the Imperial brand than you would for the Tesco Value brand, but I firmly believe that you can taste and enjoy that extra quality. It makes you savour the drink more, it looks better on the cabinet and you can taste the goodness in this alcoholic drink without feeling guilty for buying so cheap with the Tesco Value one. You will pay a couple quid more, but it is definitely worth it, and I firmly believe that this is one of the best value vodkas out there that you will find and it is suitable for those looking for a cheeky drink without breaking the bank.