“Summer flowers, roses and red fruits, hints of grapefruit, hibiscus that continue onto finish with anise, liquorice. Interesting.”
World Gin Awards 2019
Much like its name, this Gin is an ode to summer nights watching the last rays of sun disappear over the horizon.
The Gin also triggers memories of relaxing in the warm summer air on a far-away beach listening to the sounds of laughter echo on the wind.
It is safe to say that this Gin is a summer Gin and not as suited to a cold night snuggled up next to the fireplace. Yet, it is still a decent gin for all occasions and is very easy to drink regardless.
From the outset this gin offers a fruity flavour. For me, the dominant tastes are of red berries. Distinctly, I can taste hints of Strawberry and Watermelon.
This Gin leaves a sweet aftertaste.
How to Serve
I would serve this Gin in regular G&T and with garnishes of Strawberry and Mint.
I recommend drinking this with a Plain Tonic Water, so as to avoid mixing flavours and taking away from the fruitiness of the Gin.
Gin exists as a favourite drink for many Australians. But, do you know the true and unique history of Navy Strength Gin?
“The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire”
Gin is a versatile drink that can be just as easily enjoyed on a beach with your closest mates spinning tales of past adventures and on a night out to your favourite bar and club. Yet, many do not know the history of this gin that is making a modern resurgence. That gin is the infamous Navy Strength Gin, and, if you take a closer look you may notice the alcohol content…
Navy Strength is a mighty 57% ABV
It is a well known fact that alcohols such as Vodka and regular strength Gin are hard hitting at 40% ABV. Navy Strength, by definition must be at least 57.15%.
Gin and the Royal British Navy
The popularity of Gin is in large part due to its dispersion and integration into foreign cultures at the hands of the Royal British Navy.
Enlisted soldiers drank rum, and Naval officers drank gin.
And this 57% ABV is due to a more obvious reason than you may initially suspect.
In the times when Gin and Rum were consumed on-board naval vessels, it was stored in barrels below decks alongside gunpowder. Had the barrels been broken during battle or started leaking due to the wears of time, naval officers had to know that the gunpowder was still usable.
Gin that was over 57.15% ABV allowed Gin contaminated gunpowder to still be lit and used effectively.
What is proof?
In the U.K. and its various colonies, ‘proof’ is a direct throwback to the ability for Gin not to render gunpowder unusable.
Therefore, at 57.15% Navy Strength Gin is 100 proof whereas a spirit like Vodka would only be 70 proof.
How do I drink Navy Strength Gin?
Remember that all Gins taste different! And, that alcohol content changes the flavour of Gin. Navy Strength Gin goes perfectly in a G&T and I personally prefer it over normal strength Gin in a G&T. I find that the flavours are more unique and enhanced and I like the extra kick that it seems to provide. This being said, do not forget that Navy Strength sits at a formidable 57% ABV.
Stay safe and enjoy responsibly!
Thankyou for reading about the unique history of Navy Strength Gin!
RIIKI: Helloooo derrr I am RIIKI, I’m a New Zealand gal and I’m 20 years old.
The pandemic has been pretty crazy? Where are you now and what haveyou been up to lately?
RIIKI: I am currently in my hometown in Wellington, New Zealand with my family.
It’s been such a mental time the past couple of months, but feeling super grateful that NZ is back in level 1 now with very little cases. So I’ve been catching up on life with pals, getting back into music routine and keeping myself busy with hopeful future plans now that I can!
How has the pandemic shifted your creative process? Have you beenwriting differently lately? Communicating with your collaborators and fans inany new ways?
RIIKI: It definitely messed with my mindset for a lil bit! Just very new ways of living/thinking/dealing with things. At first I was super excited to have lots of time to write, and I did for the first week solidly, but then I had a patch of feeling pretty unmotivated and uninspired due to circumstances. It totally challenged me, but I’m super grateful for it because it has forced me to think and create in different ways I didn’t realise I was capable of. For example, connecting with others and creating completely online. I’d planned to make this the year for playing live shows, but it was super cool to connect with people all around the world through live streaming, I did a couple of those.
Your latest release Share Your Luv is incredible! Tell me more about it!
What inspired you to write it, what’s the overall backstory?
“I would love to see people cross boundaries and make whatever music they want to without thinking if it sits in one playlist or the other.”
RIIKI: Tis very kind of ya, thank you! Basically ‘Share Your Luv’ is about sitting on the receiving end of a friendship/relationship where the other person unexpectedly turns their back on you. I’ve stumbled across a couple of experiences with this which has caused a bit of heartache. You’re shown a side you didn’t really know existed and it hurts because you loved that person and it may suck for a while, but the track is also a celebration of realising that you’ll get by without them. The narrative seems like something a lot of people have gone through. I’m usually the person helping others in this situation, but experiencing it first hand just makes it so real and fully understandable. I want others to know that if you’ve been through something like this too, you’ll come out on the other side stronger.
What/who are your greatest musical influences?
RIIKI: I have a list that is waaaay to big holey cows – Beyonce will always be a childhood fav, same with Jeff Buckley, James Blake and Radiohead. Currently listening to a lot of Steve Lacy, Toro y Moi, Jorja Smith, Dua Lipa, The Japanese House, The 1975, DIIV, Tom Misch, The Booyah! Kids… If I keep going I’ll have a list of 2000 artists.
So much is changing lately! What do you miss most? Do you have anyfavorite live shows from the past?
RIIKI: I reallllly miss being around people all day while working! And meeting new people face to face! I performed in a lil gig in LA back in Feb which was pretty magical. 121 Festival was a new festival which debuted a week before lockdown, so playing that and being there before the craziness, I will always remember it.
What would you like to see change about the music industry?
RIIKI: I would love to see people cross boundaries and make whatever music they want to without thinking if it sits in one playlist or the other. Crossing genres is becoming more common nowadays, which is so sick. I would love to see more females owning itttt behind production and the mixing desk – there is such high demand for it and I too am trying to better myself at these things!
What is your advice to aspiring creatives?
RIIKI: Focus on having bundles of fun! Take in the joys of everything!
Remember why it is you wanted to do what you are doing, you should get a credible amount of satisfaction, release and happiness and by doing this you’re set up for achieving to crazy high heights. 🙂 How exciting!
Any other fun stories or things you’d like to talk about? Surely, there’s afunny story that the world must know.
RIIKI: I was in a hotel last week and somehow accidentally ordered a ham and cheese toasted sandwich which got delivered to my door at 3am and woke me up…
very random and weird and probably not that funny lol.
What’s the creative industry like in New Zealand? Any concert venues,record stores or restaurants I should check out when I visit?
RIIKI: New Zealand has the most vibrant creative culture! Where I live here is known as the creative capital of NZ, so there is always lots of colour and extravagant events tucked around the city. It inspires me a lot! If you were to come to my hometown in Wellington, you’d have to check a gig at the venue San Fran on Cuba Street, pop into Slowboat records and eat as much as you can at the restaurant ‘Chow’, so yommmm.
This native botanical gin packs a punch at 57% ABV. It is an Australian gin that contains native botanicals. The driving flavour is citrus and Eucalyptus that is complemented by a lingering note of ginger that sits on the tongue.
This gin is perfect for an afternoon at the beach or to relax in front of your favourite movie or even by the fire after a long days work. Despite Botanic Australis Navy Strength being a relatively expensive gin at around $100 a bottle it is a must have for any gin-lovers collection.
There are a few ways that you can spot an old soul. George Carroll Wilson is certainly one. His taste in classic rock and charming personality are just a few of the things that prove this guy has something special. George is the frontman of Pollyman, a Melbourne based rock band. Sweet tunes like “Quokka” and “Japanese Rock and Roll” are just two of the many rockin’ songs off their latest release. The trio originated in Victoria a year ago and came out with their debut album, the self-titled Pollyman. George sings and plays all instruments on the record, but he is skillfully accompanied by brother Fenn Wilson on drums and Alister Hull on Bass, who perform with him live. Inspired by glam rock and music from the late 1960s and early 1970s, you are guaranteed to blast these blokes’ jams in the car or headphones anytime.
Melbourne is where George and Fenn were born, but the pair were raised in the small beach town of Clifton Springs. Their next stop would be back to their native Melbourne, arguably the best city in Australia. Alister Hull (pretty cool name I must mention, might become a future tattoo) is from Bourke in New South Wales. Alister met George when George was on the road with his mum’s band at age nine.
Although Pollyman have been making a name for themselves in Melbourne’s various pubs and clubs, this is not George’s first band. In year 7, he formed the Tiny Giants with a couple of coastal pals named Jasper and Etienne, at first playing rock covers of bands like Jet before writing and performing original psychedelic rock and pop. They were active from 2011 until 2018, and it was around 2015 that George started writing and performing his own songs solo. After a brief band experiment in 2016, George’s last year of high school, he remained solo until late 2017, when his brother Fenn joined him on drums. About a year later, after many gigs and the recording of George’s debut album, George and Alister reconnected at a show in Melbourne, and Alister was quickly made the new bassist of Pollyman.
When asked, how does it feel to have Pollyman’s debut album out? George replied, “it felt great. I recorded the album when the band was still only me and my brother…I’d been recording demos the whole time.” George recorded four tracks on tape machines in rounds of two weeks at a time. Yes, tape. It’s making a comeback in Melbourne’s music scene. George is particularly a fan since it “has a warmth and unique clarity.”
Fret about it as much as you like but at the end of the day if you think it’s good and honest, then that’s good enough.
George’s advice to new artists and songwriters is pretty straightforward. He suggests that you can “fret about it as much as you like but at the end of the day if you think it’s good and honest, then that’s good enough. Don’t worry about doing things to please people. Be yourself when you’re performing and writing. Just keep trying and it will all be okay.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
The old soul also released some pretty groovy music videos for the songs “Japanese Rock and Roll” and “Inhibitions” with his co-director Willem Kingma. Channeling Bowie and Jagger, “Japanese Rock and Roll” looks like an ode to glam rock and the Japanese flag. Something you wish you saw on Top of the Pops in England on the telly. “Inhibitions” looks like Wes Anderson finally started to listen to cool music and made a video for it. Filmed at significant locations to the artist’s past, this video is a great way to take a flashback into the band’s memories.
Keep a lookout for their new single called “Dyin’ Alone,” a funky political song on Bonsai Records which will be out sometime in the near future.
For fans of Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Jeff Buckley, Small Faces, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Big Star, Raspberries and Cheap Trick: check out Pollyman on all streaming platforms now!
Hey! I’m Essie Holt and I make indie-pop music. I’m currently living in Syd, but originally from Melbs.
2. The pandemic has been pretty crazy? Where are you now and what have you been up to lately?
I’ve been isolating in my Sydney home with my girlfriend and housemate. We made a little studio in the attic so I’ve been spending a lot of time up there writing some new music
3. How has the pandemic shifted your creative process? Have you been writing differently lately? Communicating with your collaborators and fans in any new ways?
I think it took me a while to start to be creative again. Covid hit just as I put my EP out, and I needed a little writing break during this time. But now I’m back and loving playing around with production myself. I think I’m writing my best work right now
4. Your latest release Silent Wars is incredible! The EP was released in April. Tell me more about it! What inspired you to title the EP and the opening song, what’s the overall backstory?
Oh thank you. I wrote the EP last year and it was a huge year for me – I came out, ended a long term relationship, moved to Sydney. Gained a lot of friends, lost a lot of friends. It was a pretty crazy time and the EP goes into all of it.
5. The style and sounds created in your music is super refreshing and peaceful. My favorites on the EP are “Lover X Liar” and “When We Dream.” What/who are your greatest musical influences?
I love that you love those songs, as they’re my current faves too! Right now I’m listening to a lot of Sylvan Esso, Chairlift, Caroline Polachek. But growing up I loved Missy Higgins SO much. And Megan Washington has also been huge for me over the last decade or so.
6. So much is changing lately! What do you miss most? Do you have any favorite live shows from the past?I was just starting to get to play my first festivals towards the end of last year, which was so fun. I’m super keen to tour my EP also – hopefully towards the end of the year! I’ve seen so many amazing live shows over the last few years, but Feist was a huge highlight!
7. What would you like to see change about the music industry?I think just a little more education around how things work. As artists we’re super creative and sometimes it’s tricky to get a grasp on the business side of things, especially when you’re starting out and don’t have a huge team behind you. But there’s so many amazing people out there who are just a coffee away when there’s grey areas.
8. What is your advice to aspiring creatives? What do you wish you would’ve known during the creation of the last EP?I think just do things at your own pace, money wise. It’s easy to spend a tonne of money on music, but at the end of the day if you’re writing good music and finding a way to connect organically with an audience, that’s gonna make the biggest impact.
9. Any other fun stories or things you’d like to talk about? Surely, there’s a funny story that the world must know.Ok so I’ve recently moved house, and there’s this HUGE dog that lives on my street. I’m talking massive, like the biggest dog I’ve ever seen kinda vibe. Anyway, the other day I was sitting at a cafe and this dog literally STEPPED on a chihuahua. It held it under its paw for a few seconds and then walked off. The chihuahua was fine, but my god I’ve never seen a dog this big in my life. The whole street talks about it!
Check out Essie’s latest release with HANDSOME, “The Walker” here:
COVID tests can be a scary thing these days. We hear so many opinions about them from friends and family.
It isn’t until we take the test ourselves that we know what it is really like.
Recently, I wrote about what a COVID test really feels like and I hope that within this current article you find that a COVID test is far more accessible and affordable than many people thought. Yet the most important thing that no-one tells you about a COVID test is how hard the nurses and doctors, and all people involved on the front line work to keep us safe.
The probe goes further up your nose than anything ever will
The medical professional who did it for us was very competent at what she did and warned us early on not to flinch, which proved to be quite hard once you had a probe seemingly tickling your brain. The process is in fact relatively painless but still extremely uncomfortable. I think that having anything poking around where nothing else has been will always be a weird experience. Once the first nostril is completed the second one goes by relatively painlessly, which was a massive relief.
The medical professionals work harder than you might expect
The lady who gave us a test was from Ireland and informed us that earlier that day a woman had found the COVID test uncomfortable and gone about abusing her. It really struck home that these nurses and doctors are working in a dangerous environment for hours on end dealing with people who are often unthankful and disrespectful. As Millennials it is our responsibility to make the staff feel thanked and respected. At the end of the day, these men and women are the front line in the fight against COVID.
I wasn’t necessarily aware of the situation around COVID tests and money. And it was to my surprise that at the MSAC testing site it was free to get a test. This is a massive help for University students and makes testing an even more achievable test if you have even the slightest COVID symptoms.
A car was extremely convenient
The drive through testing clinic made getting a COVID test extremely convenient. We waited for about an hour and a half for the test. This was made extremely easy by being able to wait and queue in our car. I recommend taking a book or a laptop and watching a movie as you sit and wait for the traffic to move.
With everything going on around Victoria there is even less reason to get tested when you display COVID symptoms. I hope that you have learnt a bit from my experience of what no-one tells you about a COVID test. My experience in general was really positive. This, in part is because COVID tests are made as accessible and affordable as possible for the average Victorian. As always, stay safe and take care. Until next time Movers…
COVID tests seem to have many mixed reviews… I have heard from friends that it feels like your brain is being scraped out by a long stick and, similarly, friends have also told me that it doesn’t hurt at all. So what should we believe? How should we feel after hearing these views on COVID tests? If we display symptoms, should getting a test be something scary or something that shouldn’t be stressed over? Well let me tell you about my experience of what a COVID test really feels like…
There are two parts to a COVID test
My experience of a COVID test was made up of two parts. This was the throat swab and the nose swab. The throat swab consisted of the back of my throat being swabbed as I said ‘ahhhhh’, and similarly, the nose swab consisted of both of my nostrils being tested with the same swab that was used on my throat. I’ll detail my experience of both below.
The mouth swab
For me, this was the easiest part of the COVID test. It is reminiscent of the doctors’ wooden paddle when you get a check-up. All it involves is for you to open your mouth and make an ‘ahhhh’ sound as the nurse or doctor swabs the back of your throat. It does tickle and feel slightly uncomfortable but isn’t anything to be worried about. It can trigger your gag reflex so be aware of that.
The nose swabs
These were the most uncomfortable and least enjoyable part of the COVID test. The swab which had just been used on your throat is now turned vertical and you are instructed by the nurse or doctor not to flinch. For me, the nurse was very professional and quickly administered the test. The probe goes into your nose and proceeds past the narrow tickly part and enters what felt like a really tender spot. When the probe is here it is moved around so as to gather up all the biological matter needed to realise either a positive or negative test. After the test is done it feels almost as if where the probe had been has become acidic. This test really wasn’t very enjoyable and felt very uncomfortable for the following hours.
Some other advice…
Take some tissues!
So after the test which swabbed the inside of the nose, we both had reflex reactions and started tearing up. We made a mad scramble to look for some tissues and, thankfully not long after our test as our noses started running we had tissues on hand. So long story short, please remember to take tissues as the COVID test is made even more uncomfortable if you have nothing to wipe your eyes and nose with!
Wear a mask
As with everything that we undertake these days, please wear a mask to the testing location. From here the doctor or nurse can direct you to remove your mask during the test as they see fit.
So here you have it! This is my view of what a COVID test really feels like. Please stay safe and if you feel sick go get tested at one of the Victorian COVID testing sites!