Hampshire Smoked Trout Pate
Great Taste 2020, 1 Star
Natural looking pate with a dark pinkish colour, and a lively lightly smoked pleasantly fishy aroma. Clean, fresh and initially cleverly rich in the mouth thanks to the mayo andfattiness of the trout this was mostly a well balanced pate. It could, however, have had a little more richness from cream or butter and less harsh acidity from the combination of mayo and lemon juice to make it even more luxurious. The texture was moist and there was a generous amount of fleshy bits of trout in there. Good fruity gentle smoke and perfect levels of salt that made this very easy to eat! There could be more of a presence from the horseradish to add more heat/ spice and excitement and help cut through the richness.
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Attractive pale pink colour with good, thick consistency. The fish was firm and meaty and the trout flavour shone through the smoke and ingredients. Comfortable level of smoke, enhancing rather than disguising the trout and the hint of acidity from the lemon brought a further layer to the complexity. We presumed creamed horseradish was used as it subtly made its presence felt without adding any unwanted heat or rawness. This was clever, good texture, great flavours with a gentle but complex finish.
A pretty delicate pink coloured smoked trout pate with lots of promise. This pate had a delicious, inviting, smoky salmon aroma. The trout flakes were plentiful, soft, moist and meaty providing a pleasant coarseness to the texture. There was a lovely sweetness to the smoke, which followed through on the flavour. A very fresh, creamy tasty pate, with all ingredients to working in unison.