Monday, 26 September 2011

High quality pates,but sadly not to our taste

We were sent the full range of Castle MacLellan pate's to try last month and we have only just reached the end of sampling them.





Castle MacLellan is actually based in Dumfies & Galloway and has been established for over 28 years and is well known for the high quality of their products.  Wherever possible they source and use authentic Scottish ingredients to produce their pates. 


The pates came in wide variety of meat fish and vegetarian flavours  so something for everyone really. The flavours we tried were: 


• Chicken Liver Pâté with Scottish heather honey
• Oven Roasted Mushroom Pâté with garlic and thyme
• Rannoch Smoked Duck Pâté with Bramley apple jelly
• Luxury Orkney Crab Terrine with lemon juice and Galloway mustard
• Scottish Smoked Salmon Pâté with lemon juice and horseradish



The pate's were a lovely size perfect for a single family serving; perhaps to take on a picnic or part of an afternoon tea for example. The packaging was attractive and the pates themselves looked and smelt appetizing.  


In terms of taste however I personally found all the pates were too light in texture. They were more of a mousse than pate's I have tried previously.  I also found them overly sweet which I think was down to the honey in the chicken pate and obviously crab is a sweet seafood anyway. Whilst they were acceptable to eat and we didn't actually throw any away I am sorry to say they are not a product I would actively seek to buy in future.


Castle MacLellan pates are available from 99p a pack in supermarkets and delicatessens nationwide. 


As you know we frequently review food products on our blog, we do so honestly and so far we have been very lucky that the majority of products have been lovely and we have found them delicious.  Unfortunately from time to time we come across products which are not to our taste and I would like to stress that as ever such reviews are our opinion alone and obviously our tastes may not be the same as yours.


We were sent Castle MacLellan pate's free of charge to review.