Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
VARIETY: Lady Claire
COOKED BY: Gregor
We have never seen this before, at least we don’t think we have?? Plus, we didn’t notice it on the first bag of Keogh’s delicious Shamrock and Sour Cream Crisps we tried earlier this year, but apparently on each bag of Keogh’s Potato Crisps they inform us of where the potatoes we are crunching on were grown, what variety they are, and even who cooked them for us! If that isn’t attention to detail, and just plain old cute, we don’t know what is.
For those of you who by chance did not read our first review, here is a little back story on this wonderful potato crisp company:
Keogh’s Farm is a family owned and run potato growing and crisping business based in North County Dublin, an area famous for producing Ireland’s finest potatoes. Keogh’s has been farming the rich fertile lands in this area for over 200 years and have recently set up a “crisping house” on the farm…now producing Ireland’s only “hand cooked on the farm” artisan potato crisps.
Launched in 2012 to celebrate St Patricks Day, Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream potato crisps combine the delicious tangy taste of Sour Cream with the freshness of traditional Irish Shamrock. Our Shamrock is grown in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry by Livingshamrock. This area also produces the fresh Irish Shamrock which is presented to the American president on St Patrick’s Day! www.keoghs.ie
These are delicious salt & vinegar chips, sorry crisps. But, they are very different from what we typically know and recognize as salt & vinegar flavored chips here in the U.S. Here in the states, chips companies seem to usually go with the shock value vinegar flavor, over any attempt at giving us true vinegar flavor. They like to slap our taste buds right across their flavor cheeks with a tongue tingling citric acid sour bang-bang-boom-pow! All that being said, this country’s chip consumers must love it, because those companies just keep seasoning those salt & vinegar chips the same way! Or, is it that they simply know nothing else?! Have they never tasted salt & vinegar chips that actually taste like real vinegar?
Either way, let us get back to the point. Keogh’s Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar Potato Crisps taste like they have been dipped in rich and tangy vinegar, and would be a great example to try for anyone who has never tasted vinegar chips that actually taste like vinegar!
Here’s an observation….salt and vinegar chips from other countries (countries other than the USA), tend to lean on a sweeter, tangy vinegar flavor than our country. The good ole U.S. of A. likes to slap our taste buds right across the cheeks with a tangy-sour bang-bang, boom-pow!! Chips made in the U.S. like to use sooooo much acid that our tongues feel abused afterwards!! Keogh’s seasoning is fantastic! It encompasses a certain richness, a funk, a level of real sweet and tangy vinegar flavor that just tastes authentic, and delivers none of that acidic, tongue numbing! Apparently, this delicious seasoning was developed by using dried cider vinegar, dried malt vinegar, and dried malt vinegar!! Three types of REAL vinegar – dried – meaning condensed and enhanced, and then sprinkled all over the tasty potato crisps!
Speaking of Keogh’s potato crisps… they are nothing short of lip-smacking themselves! Varying sizes of rustic, skin on, bright yellow hued fried potato slices! Medium thick, with good potato flavor, and a crispy kettle cooked consistency! Maybe a little greasy, but nothing that hinders their clean and neutral flavor! We would welcome these fantastic Irish crisps anytime stateside!!
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Crisps provided to Chip Review by Keogh’s for review
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©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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