Product Type: Mackays Spread
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Fruity Marmalade made the traditional way.
Mackays Three Fruit Marmalade
Member Name: rolandrat
Mackays Three Fruit Marmalade
Advantages: Made using tradiitonal cooking method - takes more home-made than some other brands.
===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.
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
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
Orange and Lemon with Ginger
Lime and Lemon
Vintage Dundee Orange
Orange with Whisky
Orange with Champagne
Thick Cut Orange.
Mackays also make preserves and curds.
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.
===Would I Recommend?===
James Chalmers Road
Monday - Thursday: 9am to 4.30pm
Friday: 9am to 3pm
Closed: Saturday and Sunday.
Summary: Marmalade made in Scotland using traditional open pan methods
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