I’m rather partial to a bit of smoked salmon (it also tends to feature heavily in my starter choices in restaurants) and I indulged recently with some elaborate sounding smokes from Marks and Spencer: Single Malt Whisky Scottish Lochmuir Smoked Salmon and Oak and Applewood Smoked Salmon. With them both in my possession, it would have been wrong not to conduct a little taste testing session of my own…
First up was the Single Malt Whisky smoke and it was de-LISH-us! It had an elegant smokey taste and an unusual depth of flavour, which I can only imagine comes from the whisky (I am no expert). It felt light, had a mild dryness texture (which I see as a good thing, rather than greasy, wet, flabbiness) and a lovely colour. It wasn’t perfection but it was pretty bang on for a supermarket buy.
Next up was the Oak and Applewood Smoked Salmon… pinker in colour, it lacked the depth of flavour of the Single Malt Whisky Smoked Salmon and also had just a small tinge of flabbiness to it. It was a little thicker and chewier than its cohort, but overall it was ok and I would still definitely buy it again over some of the rubbish that you find in supermarkets.
So, next time you’re in M&S and faced with the choice of which salmon to buy – definitely go for the Single Malt Whisky Smoked Salmon – and then slap some on a sesame bagel with some butter, pepper and lemon juice – mmmm.