“ Brand: Artisan Biscuits / Type: Biscuits „
Elegant English Rosehip and Blackcurrant biscuits are an all butter creation, and are luxury artisan treats perfect for giving for Christmas. You can find these in farm shops and online, and they retail for £2.50 for 150g. For me personally I think this is the only occasion where I would consider making a purchase at this price, and it is certainly a good buy if, for example, you wanted to give a small present to a neighbour or friend. I bought these for a few pence in a local deli, as they were close to their sell by date, so it afforded me the opportunity to sample them.
Made in Devon by a company called Artisan Biscuits that have an excellent website at www.artisanbiscuits.co.uk. The firm has this to say about the word "artisan" on its home page- that it means 'made with skill and care from quality ingredients.' It also says their biscuits are made by humans and not robots.
The business in Devon is a new venture, but the company has been making biscuits in Derbyshire for over 70 years. Started by The Spencer family in 1935 and now sold on to The Fine Cheese Company, who continue to use all the principles of making natural hand baked biscuits. The Elegant English biscuits are still made exactly to the shape of the biscuits which left the original bakery in the 1930s!
The packet is a striking damson and aubergine, and inside sit a row of oval biscuits inside their plastic wrapping. The smell of these biscuits is gorgeous, and the taste is quite something. They have a tang of summer fruit, but the overall texture is that of a rich but thin shortbread. They are beautifully presented, the words Elegant English are etched on the front of each biscuit, and on the plate with afternoon tea they look stunning. They are crisp and melt in the mouth, and have this fresh summer taste to them which counteracts the buttery undertone with a citrus burst of flavour.
They are made from wheat flour, butter, sugar, natural rosehip flavouring, and extract, and natural blackcurrant flavouring and juice, and the only other additions are raising agents and soya lecithin.
The fat content is high at 25.1 g per 100g, but a single biscuit is only 44 calories, so you can taste perfection without a calorie overload!
I wouldn't purchase these for daily consumption, but for a special occasion or a gift they are a great purchase.
The company also make several other varieties in the Elegant English range including ginger and lemon, chocolate and raspberry, coconut and lime, honey and almond, and vanilla and cream.
These are available in all good delis, and also from the manufacturer at www.finecheese.co.uk. From time to time I have also seen them on the online retailer Approved Food who sell foods when they are nearing or have exceeded their best before dates.
A lovely British treat ideal to serve with a pot of tea in the afternoon!