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Mackays Three Fruit Marmalade

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Brand: Mackays / Type: Marmalades

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      25.07.2012 16:49
      Very helpful



      Marmalade made in Scotland using traditional open pan methods

      ===Why I Bought This===

      I enjoy marmalade and like trying out different makes and flavours for a new taste experience. However I am mostly confined to what I can buy online at Tesco and also I try to get them when on offer.

      ===The Brand===

      Mackays is a family firm in Scotland which still makes their preserves using open copper pans in the traditional way. They are one of a very few companies that still uses the traditional 'open pan' slow boiling method to give their products a homemade taste and flavour.
      Apparently marmalade was first made in the Dundee area of Scotland in 1797 and Mackays are the only firm now making marmalade in that area.
      Mackays was founded in the 1930s by the Mackay family but taken over by the Grant family in 1995 - it is now run by father ans son - Paul and Martin

      ===The Product===

      12 oz 340 gram glass jar with green and gold metal screw lid.
      'Made with 100% natural fruit'. Made in traditional open pans.
      Three fruits - orange, lemon and grapefruit.
      Jar has transparent wrap with red and green tartan and an image of half sliced fruit on the fornt.
      Mackays is 'a family business located between the berry fields of Scotland and Dundee'.
      Label and lid has a line drawing of a man making preserves with an open pan.
      Long shelf life - mine is to June 2016 - apparently the marmalde has a life of four years from manufacture.
      Product of Scotland.


      Cane Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Thin Cut Oranges (9%), Grapefruit (8%), Lemons (8%), Fruit Pectin, Lemon Juice.
      Prepared with 25g of fruit per 100g. Total sugar content 65g per 100g.


      £1.19 for 340 grams with Tesco online.

      ===Other Mackay Marmalades===

      The Dundee Orange
      Seville Orange
      Orange and Lemon with Ginger
      Lime and Lemon
      Vintage Dundee Orange
      Orange with Whisky
      Orange with Champagne
      Pink Grapefruit
      Thick Cut Orange.

      Mackays also make preserves and curds.

      ===My Opinion===

      This marmalde has a lovely dark orange colour and is not transparent like some jelly marmalades but is translucent and has some bits of peel - it glows just like a lovely piece of dark rich amber. The producers have enhanced the lovely colour of the marmalade by wrapping the jars in a transparent label which allows the marmalade to show the full glory of its colour.
      It does not have a very strong smell but the texture is well set without being too jelly-like. I have been having mine on thick white bread toast and it is very enjoyable to eat.
      It is easy to get onto the knife and spread - but is not so runny as to fall all over the place.
      I would not say I could detect the presence of either lemon or the grapefruit but I am sure they must add to the flavour in some way. This marmalade does look more 'expensive' and home-made than the other cheaper makes I have tried and would grace any breakfast table.
      This marmalade is neither too sharp nor too sweet and this is definitely a brand I will look out for again - I especially like the sound of the Pink Grapefruit marmalade.
      Reading online I can recall seeing the Hairy Bikers visiting their factory a few months ago - so if you want to see how it is made first hand I am sure it can be found to view again.
      This jar and marmalade looks more expensive and exclusive than it is and would make a lovely addition to any hampers you were putting together for a present.
      I am not sure how available this brand is apart from the one flavour I have found in Tesco but they do sell quite a few different varieties through Amazon.
      I am not an expert on tartans but I would say that the tartan on the label is the Grant's tartan.

      ===Star Rating===

      5 stars.

      ===Would I Recommend?===




      ===Visitor Shop===

      James Chalmers Road
      DD11 3LR

      Opening Hours:
      Monday - Thursday: 9am to 4.30pm
      Friday: 9am to 3pm
      Closed: Saturday and Sunday.


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        16.08.2010 19:02
        Very helpful
        1 Comment



        A not-too-sharp marmalade made by traditional methods in Scotland.

        A little while I ago I wrote a review on a brand of marmalade....and I took my own advice. As that line was on a half-price offer at my local supermarket, I 'stocked up'. Sadly, it didn't take too long to work our way through our stockpile so last week I was off in search of a further supplies. Of course, that particular half-price offer was long since finished and though I would have been satisfied to pay full price for our favourite, some other in-store offers tempted me into disloyalty. We tried some another brands one of which was Mackays Three Fruit Marmalade.


        This is a family run business founded in 1938 and operates from the Dundee area of Scotland. This is a region with a long history of marmalade production (dating back to 1797 when the Keiller family built a factory for that purpose) and the Mackay family proudly advertise the fact that they still use traditional methods of preserve making. Open copper pans are used to boil the marmalade to setting point. The company currently offer ten varieties of marmalade with a further specialised range of marmalades containing branded whiskies. In addition, they produce a range of jams, chutneys and relishes. They are also the makers behind the "Mrs Bridges" range of preserves.

        ~The Marmalade Experience~

        I like the fact that the jar's labelling is printed on a base which is colourless and transparent. Although it does make it a little difficult to read the information on the label, which is in small print and white, it does allow you to see the lovely colour of the preserve. The Mackays name and logo (dark green ribbon edged with gold forming a base for white typeface) appear on the front of the jar along with a clear description of the contents. Images of whole lemons and cut oranges and a grapefruit further adorn the label. An image - in pen and ink style - of a worker busy at the preserving pan adds a nostalgic touch and a band of tartan along with the "Product of Scotland" logo prevent you from forgetting this brand's roots. The lid has one of those 'safety button' devices (or a small indentation) which rises when the seal is broken - thus ensuring the jar you are buying has not been damaged or tampered with.

        The marmalade is mid golden in colour and the first time I removed the lid from the jar I was not hit by a very strong aroma, in fact I needed to pick it up and give the contents a good sniff in order to discern the smells. There was a gentle citrussy fragrance but a slightly stronger smell of caramel - almost of burnt sugar.

        The set is fairly soft, it isn't at all runny but nor is it a stiff consistency. It spreads easily and, as long as you have not overloaded your bread or toast, the preserve should not be in any great danger of running off! The pieces of peel from the eponymous three fruits are clearly visible. The lemon and orange peel come in a finely cut form but the grapefruit peel is a little more chunky. There is a moderate amount of peel in total which is distributed evenly throughout the jelly.

        When you taste the marmalade the most powerful flavour to hit you first is the sweetness. This is not very 'sharp' marmalade. The burnt-sugary sweetness lingers for a while until the subtle sharpness of the citrussy bite comes through. I thought the blend of the three fruits was interesting in that it is evident that there are oranges, lemons and grapefruit in the preserve but one flavour does not seem to dominate the others. Only when you bite a piece of peel does the individual fruit flavour really emerge. Chewing the peel also releases a sharper 'bite'.


        The company explain that their cooking methods give the marmalades a home-made flavour. I certainly would not dispute that claim and the ingredients list seems to be as simple and additive-free as any used in a home kitchen:

        Sugar, Thin Cut Oranges (9%), Grapefruit (8%), Lemon (8%), Gelling Agent: Fruit Pectin, Lemon Juice
        Prepared with 25g of fruit per 100g
        Total sugar content 65g per 100g

        Further nutritional information is provided on the label:
        Per 100g
        Energy: 1079kJ / 254 kcal
        Protein: 0.2g
        Carbohydrate: 63.2g
        Fat: 0g

        A 'best before' date is printed on the edge of the lid.

        ~Company contact details~

        If you wish to obtain further information about this or any other Mackays product, the address is as follows

        Mackays Ltd.
        James Chalmers Road
        DD11 3LR
        Tel: +44 (0)1241 432500
        Fax: +44 (0)1241 432444
        Email: info@mackays.com

        I also found the following website useful: http://www.mackays.com/index.html

        ~Price and availability~

        I found this marmalade in my local Morrison's, usually offered for £1.09 for a 12 ounce (340g) jar so that would place it in the 'average' price bracket when compared with a variety of other brands. As mentioned, though, it was being offered at 58p on the day I bought it which was surely a bargain! (The offer seems to be closed now, unfortunately!)

        I have not seen this brand in other supermarkets but Amazon are offering what I would term 'job lots' of the product. (I think 'catering packs' may be the more correct expression.)

        ~In conclusion~

        This is a jolly pleasant marmalade. My own preference would be for something darker, sharper and with chunkier peel but I did think that this product was of a good quality and was a very tasty alternative to the brands we might normally buy. I would have no hesitation in recommending it.

        (NB: this review appears on other sites under the same username.)


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