Saturday, August 17, 2013

Real Dill Pickles

Real Dill Pickles

As you read in my previous post Bread & Butter PicklesI do love pickles!  Being in the food and beverage industry for most of my career, I have subscriptions for multiple food magazines updating me with the latest trends in the industry. A few weeks ago, Craig came across an article in "The Tasting Panel" magazine.  He made a note of it and set it aside for me to take a look at.  When I had a second to review the article, I noticed a review of a newer Denver company called "The Real Dill", started in 2012, they are an artisan pickles company, specializing in pickles, amongst other related products. I was very excited to try these delicious sounding items, so I went to their website to find out a little more information. When I contacted them to find out where I could locate these pickles, Justin Park, one of the owners (along with Tyler DuBois) let me know that they are carried in Pasta & Co, locally in the Seattle area. They carry 3 types, Caraway Dill, Jalapeño Honey and Habanero Horseradish.  [as well as hooking me up with a couple of samples] 

I was thrilled when the package arrived from Denver!


Inside we're 3 jars of some delicious sounding gherkin treats., including Caraway Dill, Honey Jalapeño, and Habenero pickles.  In addition to this there was a jar of........Bloody Mary Mix, based off of the brine of the Habenero Pickles, YUM!!!!


So I got together a few friends to have a pickle sampling party, or any excuse for a cocktail...but I digress. Here is the consensus:

Caraway Dill-crunchy dilliness, with something there. At first you can't put your finger on it, but then you realize its the caraway. On second taste, you totally get a rye flavor. Quite honestly a perfect pickle. Reminds me of homemade. 

Jalapeño Honey Dill-as most of you know, I'm not a lover of heat. In food, or weather. So tasting this one was a bit of a sweater for me.  At first taste, it wasn't very hot, more sweet, Hence the honey part of the jalapeño honey. This is a meaty pickle. It will hold its own at a family reunion BBQ. Yet simply crunchy sweet deliciousness. 

Habanero Horseradish Dill-now here's my deal breaker. As said before, I don't like heat.  But for the sake of research, I will try this imposing threat. Well, after my third spear, I realize that this is the side of heat someone like me can enjoy. And food is meant to enjoy, right?  Wait...ok, there's the heat. But not too bad. Rounding out the third in their line up of pickles, this one is the best yet. 
*disclaimer on heat, while I don't like heat, horseradish is a different story.  I love me some horseradish heat.

Overall, I found that these pickles are.....simply......amazing. Locate them, or buy them on line, you won't go wrong with tasty little treats.  Oh and stay tuned for a guest post of the Bloody Mary Mix.

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