Now here we have an excellent example of a Mince Pie. Well presented with 4 seam holes and a light sprinkling of sugar. A full looking pie, with the pastry hanging over the edge of the case. Those steam holes are usually a good sign of a very full pie. Yum. The aroma was amazing, now my taste buds are tingling.
First impressions, Disappointing! The pastry was too dry /hard, it didn't melt in the mouth, instead it was hard almost sharp in the mouth. Filling was good. Let me say that again, the filling was good, but there could have been a little more!
Overall I had high expectations for this pie, and I was disappointed.
Reviewers Comments and Guessed Origin
“Best tasting pie yet! Would have like a bit more filling & crust was a little dry but otherwise really good… probably from somewhere fancy shmancy”
“Considering the proportion of this pie that is alcohol it makes logistical sense that this was produced in the same factory that produces brandy as it would cost far too much to ship this much in. Some kind of brandy company?”
“Excellent pie. Slightly strange but brilliant pastry, filling reeks of booze but still tastes fruity. Shame about the sprinkle of sugar or this would be a scorer.”
“Great pie, feeling a little tipsy after it which may increase my scoring. Harrods?”
“I am very sorry to say this had a disgusting smell and even more disastrous taste 🙁 I couldnt possibly take more than one bite of this !”
“Looks professional with five symmetrical steam holes, but few sugar granules. Nice buttery and filling smell. First bite and despite the pie lid overhang, a nice mix of pastry and filling. Pastry has a nice nutty brittle texture and the nice textured filling has some real ginger and hints of alcohol. A real ‘winter warmer’ and a luxury offering. Worthy alongside the likes of Harrods or Duchy Originals.”
“Not good. The pie was very reluctant to be removed from its case, and perhaps it should have stayed there. The pastry smelled cheesy and the mincemeat was overloaded with spices. Could only bring myself to have one small mouthful.”
“Now that was a good pie, making great first impressions being of decent size and with a fantastic aroma. The taste didn’t let me down! Getting some of these in for Christmas! Harrods?”
“Pastry was great. The best I’ve tasted this year, with that slight crunch and butter overtures. Fruit was moist, and enough alcohol to make it interesting. Only down sides are the lack of sugar, and the filling not quite reaching the top.”
“Pleasingly symmetrical design to this pie, was it made for mathematicians? Very spicy filling, a lot of ground cloves or all spice and some booze too. Sadly I think the spice was actually overdone and it mean that plenty of tea was needed to wash the pie down. Wouldn’t recommend. Duchys Originals?”
“Really liked the appearance of it! Thought the pastry was really nice as well. ”
“the pastry was bone dry and rock hard. filling tasted quite nice, but didnt even go halfway up the pie… the vent holes allowed out the nice fruity smell, but the ”
“This has been one of the top runners and riders this year. Looked good for a start, the pastry tasted nice and crisp. The filling was good with the smell of alcohol and the texture of the fruit made this a winning combination. ”
“This is the sort of pie which would get that bald bloke off ‘Masterchef’ dribbling. Very nice filling, nice bit of heat from the ginger and brandy. Mustard pie!”
“This was a manly pie from start to finish! It presented itself in uncomplicated way simple, unassuming yet entirely inviting. The overwhelming smell of booze, substantial size and firm pastry and delightfully brandy filled insides did nothing but rock my world! I hope I can find love like this again!! ”
“Waitrose Duchy Originals? Who would have thought, the most alcoholic pie being brought in by an Irishman? ‘Very Flammable’ warning missing on each foil package. Great all round pie, deep filled, taste of brandy, nice firm but crumble-in-your-mouth pastry. Only downside was a little on the dry side,, cup of tea essential to bring out the best with this one..”
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Harrods Mince Pies with Malt Whisky
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Best Before: March 2012