Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
Even before receiving these uniquely flavored crisps from Mackie’s of Scotland, we were well acquainted with the infamous haggis flavored chips from our friends across the pond. Surprisingly enough, the vast majority of the reviews that we had read for these crisps were relatively, actually predominantly, positive. We say surprisingly, because the majority of information we have gathered in regards to the actual Scottish dish, is that it can be a bit challenging to consume.
Josh at Crisp Nation is actually a fan of haggis, so his opinion should definitely bear some weight. The crew over at Taquitos were fans of these crisps. Junk Food Guy probably had the least enthusiastic review.
For those of you who are a bit unfamiliar (as we were) with what haggis is, according to Wikipedia, haggis is, “a traditional Scottish dish, considered the national dish of Scotland. Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.” (Wikipedia)
So, lets see if we’ve got this right. These crisps are one of the most interesting flavor combinations that we have ever heard of, and they are supposed to taste like sheep’s heart, liver, lungs and stomach, combined with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt, along with the addition of cracked black pepper. Why do we want to even try these….?
We are happy to report that Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper are another wonderful addition to the Mackie’s of Scotland line-up, but it may not be for the reason you are thinking! To be completely honest, we don’t get very much meat flavor from these crisps. According to the ingredients list, these crisps do include natural pork flavoring, and perhaps if we strained our taste buds to their limits, we could recognize a bit of meat flavor; but compared to many other meat inspired flavors, especially our Top 5 Meat Flavored Chips, these ones don’t hold a meaty candle. If you feel differently, make sure to let us know at our meat flavored chips poll.
What we do love about these crisps is everything else. First and foremost, it must be said that Mackie’s potato crisps are really, really impressive. Larger sized, medium thickness, skin-on, rustic and hearty potato crisps, that convey a tremendous amount of potato-forward flavor. The potato crisps themselves are of amazing quality that ranks them squarely among the greats.
Cracked Black Pepper indeed. In fact, if we didn’t know better, we would have simply thought that we were trying a very good, new version of salt and pepper chips. These chips provided loads of spicy black pepper heat that lingers for a long time in the backs of our throats. They also bore a subtle acidic bite, almost like they were splashed with some lime, or citrus, that compliments all of the spices and black pepper very well.
So, we can’t be sure if these chips bore any resemblance to the actual dish of haggis, but we can confirm that they most definitely included black pepper, and some other flavors that complimented that pepper very nicely. To top it off, they were tasty and we must admit that they did pair rather nicely with a dram of great, peaty, single malt.
Before we go, we wanted to make sure and leave you with what we think is probably the most creative review we found for these crisps. This video review just happens to be from renowned food writer, Chow.com Supertaster James Norton, who’s opinion we feel very highly of.
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 Mackie’s of Scotland for review
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