Giveaway & Review:
Flavourly Artisan “Tasting” Box (worth £22 plus free delivery)
It’s always lovely to receive a box in the post, and especially when the box contains amazing goodies such as artisan ingredients and products. So, when my January Flavourly Box arrived, filled with tasty artisan products, I was keen to dive in and see what there was to titillate my taste buds! I was not disappointed, although I imagine at least one of the ingredients would have been challenging for some people. My box was beautifully wrapped and presented and comprised:
(Oak Smoked & Air-Dried)
(Rooibos & Vanilla Leaf Tea)
What I thought:
The Biltong may be one of the “challenging” products that I mentioned before to some people; as I was born in South Africa, and I have eaten biltong on many occasions, I loved it, and it was a lovely addition to the box. One of my packets was sadly out of date, so I was not able to try it, but my oak-smoked beef biltong was in date and was enjoyed with some home-made mustard.
The Scottish Whisky fudge was delicious and it is hard to go wrong when adding a sweet treat like this in a tasting box. It was a little too sweet for my more savoury palette, and the whisky flavour was very delicate, but, I am sure anyone with a sweet tooth would love it.
The Oatcakes were divine! They were lovely and crisp with a pronounced oaty flavour and a nice crumb. I am a bit of a snob when it comes to oatcakes, and either make my own or buy expensive artisan ones from delicatessens, and I thought that these were very high quality.
The Rooibos Redbush and Vanilla Tea was DELIGHTFUL! I love a cup of redbush now and then, and I thought the addition of the vanilla made for a much mellower and less bitter cup of tea.
The Bacon Jam was a revelation! I have heard of bacon jam, but have never tasted it; it was beautifully smoky with a pronounced onion taste and I LOVED it so much that the jar was gone in a day! I tried it with some cheese as well as spreading some on a slice of warm home-made bread, I am a convert and will be buying some more very soon.
The Northumberland Nettle Cheese was my FAVOURITE ingredient in the box – it’s not hard to see why, as I am a BIG cheese addict and love small artisan cheese producers. Made with Pasteurised Cows’ Milk and suitable for vegetarians as this cheese uses Vegetarian Rennet, the flavour was creamy and slightly tangy from the nettles that are added.
Verdict on the Flavourly Artisan Tasting Box:
Unusual and high quality Artisan products by subscription
The box contained a diverse and interesting selection of products, some that may be a bit of a challenge to more conservative tastes, but a good mix of sweet, savoury, preserves, bakery and dairy. It was all beautifully presented and the tasting sheet was a useful addition for extra information about the produce that was included. Some people may suggest that if you cannot choose what you receive that this may be a down-side – for me, I love the “random and surprise” element of not knowing what you may receive, and as I am an adventurous person, this appeals to me. (This may not be a good selling point for others however.) The price was reasonable and I can see this being a lovely gift idea for family and friend, who are food orientated. The box is also ethically linked, as Flavourly have teamed up with the ‘FareShare‘ food community charity into a relationship that for every Flavourly ‘taste box’ purchased, they will donate ONE meal per purchase to those in need throughout the UK. (So what actually is FareShare? FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty. FareShare is at the centre of two of the most urgent issues that face the UK: food poverty and food waste. In 2011 FareShare won ‘Britain’s most admired charity’ award which was a great achievement and stepping stone for all those involved.)
I give Flavourly a well deserved 4.4 out of 5, with half a point being lost for the out of date Biltong.
Disclaimer: I received a Flavourly tasting box worth £22 for free. I was not paid to give a positive review, and the views expressed in this post and review are my own. Karen S Burns-Booth
If you would like to subscribe to the Flavourly Artisan Box Scheme, you can get £10 off your first box by using the code “FLAVOURLY10″ when you sign up for your subscription at Flavourly……..what a NICE way to test the current month’s box for a little less!
I also have one Flavour Box to give away, all you have to do it to enter via the Rafflecopter below!