“ Brand: Paterson's / Type: Biscuits „
Though not a huge shortbread fan, I quite often just take a piece of see how it compares to others. We tend to have a lot in the house around Christmas, partly because we buy it ourselves, and partly, because it is a popular if simple gift and alternative to tins of chocolate. The one I am used to seeing is the Highland Shortbread which I know to be a good seller. This one costs just £1 for a box of 300g so even if it's awful, I won't feel too let down. As the name suggests, it comes with a variety of several different shapes, circles, rectangles and for some reason, key shapes, all with an intricate pattern on the top. Each one is a light sandy colour with a light coating of sugar. This variety makes it nice to go on a plate if having people for tea. The box is traditionally Scottish, Paterson's being a family company from Rutherglen that started over a century ago and still going strong though now found in a supermarket, not on a horse drawn cart. The background is black and tartan rather like the Highland Shortbread but it's what I expect really. The flavour of the shortbread was rather nice. It was a bit dry, but I find that to be an issue with whichever brand so I always have milk nearby to drink with it. However, it was nice and crunchy without getting it all over the carpet as some shortbread overdoes the crumbly element and you end up vacuuming lots of it up later. Howver, what I did like about this was the creamy taste, clearly they'd used a lot of milk or cream in this and it does make a difference and reduce the dry effect somewhat. I understand they do these in golden tins as gifts. If you see one, I'd snap it up as for the price, this is great and there's plenty of it too.