“ Brand: Tyrells / Type: Crisps „
Since I worked extra hard this morning I decided to treat myself to a packet of crisps at lunch, and the oldfashioned look of Tyrells crisps caught my eye. I liked the look and sturdier than normal feel of the packaging, and the lure of hand cooked with cider vinegar made me willing to pay the (more expensive than most brands) 70p for them.
The crisps are medium sized, slightly bubbled and a nice golden colour. You can see potato skin at the edges which I prefer for my crisps- I think it makes them a little tastier and gives them a more rustic feel. They have a good crunch to them and a real potato flavour that isn't overpowered by the seasonings. The salt and vinegar flavour is tangy and well balanced. The vinegar is a little sweeter than other brands, which I associate with cider vinegar. They're not too salty so it didn't make me really thirsty eating these, unlike some other brands. They also weren't greasy.
These crisps come in a 40g bag (and in a larger size too) which contains 192 calories and 9.8g of fat. They're not healthy (would you really expect crisps to be?) but as they say on the pack, you can eat them sometimes as part of a healthy diet, as long as you have plenty of exercise (and apparently broccoli).
I thoroughly enjoyed these crisps- they're delicious and high quality- and would be happy to buy them again even if they are more expensive than Walkers
I was lucky to find a bag of Tyrrell's sea salt and cider vinegar chips at a TJ Maxx the other day and the taste was quite delicious. The vinegar was not a potent as with other chips the price was more than your standard chip but it was worth it to me. Now I'm on the hunt to find another bag. This is the chip that you keep to yourself and not share with anyone.
I never usually buy tyrrells as they are quite expensive, but recently in Sainsburys they were on offer at 2 150g bags for £2.00. They usually retail at about £1.70 a bag so I thought this was a great offer to take advantage of.
The bag is quite a nice design and it's got a strange feel to it, it's not shiny like other bags it sort of had a matt finish to it, which was different, but I found it made them hard to open, I don't know why, but I had to ask my husband to open the bag for me.
The bag was really full of crisps, so it was great value for money. I didn't feel like I had been conned with extra packaging like other crisp companies.
The crisps themselves were a bit harder and crunchier than an average crisp, which I actually really liked, it felt like a real crisp. The taste was really lovely too. You can definitely taste the cider vinegar, it makes them a lot sweeter than normal salt & vinegar crisps, and they were definitely salty, but not overly so, the combination was perfect. The tanginess and sweetness of the cider vinegar with the salt really worked well together.
It says on the packet that these crisps are suitable for vegans.
It also says on the packet that there is 24.6g of fat per 100g, so that is a huge amount, but I think most people know that about crisps, and as long as you eat them as part of a balanced diet, they shouldn't do that much harm.
I really enjoyed these and I think I would actually buy this flavour again, even at full price.
If I forget to take my lunch to work, I often struggle to decide what to buy when faced with a lunchtime display in the supermarket. One day in desperation, I picked up a packet of Tyrrells' Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt hand cooked potato crisps and will now have to confess that I'm addicted!
These cost 63p for 40g and I have to confess again that I often buy two packets at the same time! I like these so much that I haven't even got around to trying out the other flavours!
The salt and vinegar flavour comes in a green foil sealed packet (yes, GREEN - unlike other manufacturers who have decided that salt and vinegar should come in a blue packet -that's just wrong!). I was quite amused by the retro style photo on the front that suggests to me that it's got a more mature feel than other brands. I also get that impression from the "added value" of the cider vinegar and sea salt - not just plain old salt and vinegar here!
I also like the fact that they've taken the trouble to put the variety of potato that the crisps have been made from - Lady Rosetta!
According to the packet, the crisps are made from start to finish by Tyrrells in Herefordshire which I like as it implies fewer food miles. I am also impressed by their stance on artificial and GM products and the fact they gluten free and trans fat free and suitable for vegans.
At 24.6g of fat per 100g, they're not good for you, but they've put a witty disclaimer on the back of the packet, saying they must be consumed as part of a healthy common sense diet along with plenty of broccoli and lots of exercise".
However, the most important aspect is the taste. These taste great - a homecooked flavour with a satisfying crunch and a nice tangy flavour, yet they don't leave an acidic aftertaste which I sometimes find with crisps. I find them very addictive and great with a glass of white wine!
When it comes to snacks it's often worth trying something new so when the local garage started to sell Tyrrell's it seemed like they were worth trying, even if they did have a rather high price (64p for a packet of 40g crisps).
The crisp packet from the offset looked rather premium an impressive, rather different from the colourful and childish packets that many of the other ones in the garage had. These had a traditional look to them, not colourful but yet smart looking. With an image in the centre of a rather elderly gentleman in front of a lot of bottles of alcohol (presumably Cider).
Although often a fan of typical "Salt and Vinegar" crisps, I'm personally not a big for of Cider which means these are rather a new experience for me combining the two food stuffs together.
When the bags opened the smell of the actual crisps is really weak and is much more like "Salt and Shake" than true "Salt and Vinegar" crisps, a bit of a let down to begin with though it's the taste that really matters.
The crisps look a little bit over cooked, similar to "Kettle Chips" rather than the wonderful sharp cut of things like McCoy's, not the best looking or smelling ones so it doesn't seem like a good start. When it comes to texture in the mouth they again fail to ignite the sorts of sensations that...well Sensations do, they feel "soft" when you bite into them rather than "crisp" or crunchy.
A bit of a let down so far though it still comes down to the taste in the end and it;s the only thing that matters as far as food to be honest. It's the taste then, actually save the crisps from being a disappointment, as they taste surprisingly night, the flavours of Salt and Vinegar are recognisable, but yet completely different. They are unusual and unique yet the taste delightful and similar enough to the more normal flavours for you to feel at home with them. If it comes solely down to the flavour, these pass, with a slightly sweet taste but an awesome flavour.
Nutritional Information (per 40g pack)
802KJ Energy (192 Kcal)
23.6g Carbohydrates (0.4g of which are from Sugars)
9.8g Total Fat (0.9g of which are Saturated Fats)
The product contains: Malt Vinegar and Yeast Extract
Overall I tried to dislike them, honestly I thought they lacked a decent smell or look or even texture, but hand on heart the flavour saves them, the packet was much fuller than rivals and even with the price they were a good purchase. It may be fair to admit they won't be a regular purchase, but they will be a very highly ranked snack when I feel like treating myself.
As far as their standing, they have to be seen as one of the most pricey of the premium branded crisps, such as Kettle Chips and Sensations. Simply excellent.
My fondness for crisps is well documented by the amount of reviews I do on them, I have my favourites out of the many varieties available and one of them is Tyrells Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt flavour.
Being somewhat of a hard to find variety I have only ever seen them for sale at Costa Coffee and always try to pick up a bag to enjoy with my Latte. At around 85p for a 40 gram bag they are certainly more expensive than Walkers and are comparable to Kettle crisps in terms of price and quality.
Tyrells like to tell us on the packet that these crisps are made from farm-grown potatoes in Herefordshire and that it is not unusual for them to harvest a crop of potatoes in a morning and by dinner time they have been prepared and made into crisps (or chips as they refer to them as being) by putting the chipped potato into sunflower oil they retain their natural goodness and once the flavourings have been added they are turned into a premium chip with a full and distinctive taste.
The Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt is the only flavour I have tried and salt and vinegar is my favourite flavour anyway in regular crisps, the Cider Vinegar has a sweet and tangy bite to it which when combined with the sea salt makes for a delicious full flavour that is very different to regular salt and vinegar crisps. The Vinegar isn't as strong as balsamic vinegar and is really quite subtle until you pick a crisp that has had extra flavouring added, if you get one of these your taste buds know about it and the flavour really makes your mouth water.
The crisps are thick cut and are similar in texture to other premium brands; when biting into one you notice how crunchy they are and some can actually be quite sharp so do be careful when crunching through as you don't want any to nick the roof of your mouth or gums. The packet itself is of good dense quality unlike plastic bags that cheaper brands come in so the quality is evident from just picking them up.
I would say these are an 'adults only' pack of crisps that may not be suited to younger tastes due to the thickness of the crisp and the distinctive flavour, and at around 85p for a packet they are obviously more expensive than the more well-known brands.
Nutrition wise a 40 gram bag will contain 192 calories, 0.4 grams of sugar, 9.8 grams of fat of which 0.9 grams are saturates. The pack claims to be Trans fat free, has no artificial or GM products included, are suitable for vegans and coeliacs and that their potatoes are home grown.
Ingredients don't reveal anything dodgy at all apart from all natural products and vinegar powder so they shouldn't be of concern to anyone.
I do rate this crisps from Tyrells even though they are quite a bit more expensive than other brands, fortunately for my wallet I only ever have a bag when I'm at Costa which is only around once a month or so, so for me they are nice treat that I can enjoy every once in a while. This flavour is fantastic and is one of the nicest salt and vinegar varieties I have ever tasted and on the whole they do rate a perfect 5/5 dooyoo star rating with me.
I have never seen them for sale in supermarkets, but if anyone does know where else these are available I would be very grateful if you would let me know!
Thanks for reading.
These crisps are proper nice, I love Tyrells and these are deffo my faves. The flavour is cider vinegar & sea salt and they are perfect, the main flavour is ready salted I think but the cider vinegar gives them a bit of a sweet and tangy flavour.
The crisps are thick and crunchy, I reckon they've got the skins left on the crisps because they're proper dark but I've chucked the bag now so can't check. If it is the skins they're only on there thin so don't stress if you don't like the skins!
The crunch of these is loads better than Kettle Chips because I think some of their flavours are way too hard and not that nice to eat. These are a bit thinner than Kettle but a lot thicker than Walkers. They are a nice golden brown colour and some of them are darker than the others and them are the best because they've got more of a vinegar taste.
I normally like crisps that have got a strong flavour but these are quite faint but I still love them. It's the vinegar that makes them so good because it's more special than normal vinegar and make the crisps taste proper posh.
A quarter of one of the big bags has got 180 calories and they are so yummy I bet you won't be able to stop at just them, I have to eat the whole bag when i buy them! lol
I love these crisps and think they're the yummiest in the shops at the minute, they haven't got such a high profile as Kettle but they're so delish that I reckon they'll overtake them soon.
After having a disappointing experience with Tyrell's crisps some months ago I was loathe to sample the packets we had bought for my granddaughter's 'posh' 13th birthday party. However, after detecting a deliciously tangy aroma around the buffet table my in-built food radar led me to the bowl of Tyrell's Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt crisps and I just knew I'd have to try some as they smelled so divine.
The crisps themselves have a lovely crunchy consistency; although seen as crisps catered towards the top end of the market, Tyrell's have resisted the temptation to make their crisps as ridiculously hard and tooth-achingly crunchy as the likes of Kettle Chips.
These Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt crisps taste extremely fresh and absolutely full of flavour. The freshness can perhaps be explained by the fact that Tyrell's crisps are made from the very potatoes produced by the company and apparently it's common for a potato picked in the morning to be made into a crisp by the afternoon! Now that's fresh!
The flavour is like a more upmarket salt and vinegar, only because it's Cider Vinegar that is used in these crisps this changes the overall eating experience significantly. I had initially been worried that they were going to taste of cider, and if this was even slightly the case I wouldn't have eaten more than one as cider is one drink that I cannot even stand the smell of, let alone the taste.
Fortunately, cider vinegar appears to taste like a cross between normal malt vinegar and the balsamic kind. It has been blended to absolute perfection with the salt and together they create a deliciously moreish flavour which had me delving into the Tyrell's bowl time and time again. The crisps are delightfully tangy yet not enough to make my tongue sore, which I find is a common problem these days now that so many brands have changed the ingredients in their salt and vinegar crisps.
The salt isn't terribly apparent in the crisps as Tyrell's seem to be allowing the mellow flavour of the vinegar to take over the taste of the crisps, although underneath this I can detect a lightly salted flavour in much the same vein as my favourite Ready Salted crisps.
I think I have found yet another 'favourite crisp'. These are absolutely delicious and I don't think I'll ever tire of eating them. A 150g bag will cost you around £1.65, although they are currently on special offer in Spar and various independent shops at £1 a bag - which is an absolute bargain for such a tasty and very posh seeming crisp.