Friday, 23 August 2013

Hamper gifts - Christmas Treasures hamper, a review.

I was recently contacted by Hampergifts  and was asked whether I would like to review one of their Christmas hampers. Of course I replied yes! Luxury hampers are often enjoyed around Christmas; they are perfect to share with family, friends and when visitors arrive over the festive period. Christmas hampers are renowned for containing luxurious and traditional foods and is perfect for anyone who loves good quality traditional Christmas fayre.
Hampergifts contain a wide selection of Christmas hampers retailing from the cheap and cheerful "Christmas Cracker" (£21.50) to the extravagant "The Majestic" (£249.95). I reviewed the Christmas Treasures hamper retailing at £47.50, which I think is good value for money and contains a wide variety of goodies which I thoroughly enjoyed tasting and evaluating.

Christmas Treasures hamper.

Inside the Christmas Treasure hamper:
  • Gonzalez Byass Altozano Verdejo-Sauvignon de Castilla, Spain, 2008/9, 75cl AWARD WINNER COMMENDED at the International Wine Challenge 2009 
  • The Wooden Spoon Wholegrain Mustard & Spitfire Ale 42g
  • Chocolaterie Diane Belgian Milk Chocolate Truffles 50g
  • Cottage Delight Bramley Apple Sauce 200g AWARD WINNER GOLD MEDAL at the Great Taste Awards
  • Cottage Delight Pheasant Pâté with Pork & Chicken Liver 125g 
  • Edinburgh Preserves Rosemary Savoury Biscuits 150g 
  • Traditional Brandy Christmas Pudding 120g
  • The Wooden Spoon Citrus Grapefruit & Lime Marmalade 42g
  • Cappuccino & Chocolate Belgian Pieces 50g
  • Belgian Milk Chocolate Caramel Praline Pieces 50g
All these lovely goodies are presented in lidded wicker basket, which is sturdy and roomy inside, so if this is sent for you and your family to enjoy or received as a gift you can be assured that all items will be in good tact. 
Christmas Hamper. 

Christmas Hamper.

A highlight of the Christmas Hamper for me is the award winning Gonzalez Byass Altozana Verdejo-Sauvignon de Castilla, Spain 2008/2009, 75 cl. The wine is light, crisp and refreshing, the wine is nice on its own or can be enjoyed with some of the other delights included in this hamper.
Award winning wine.

Lets look at one of my favourite ingredient of all time, the chocolate. There are two varieties of loose chocolate contained in this hamper, cappuccino chocolates and a caramel chocolates. I found the cappuccino chocolate to contain a very strong flavour, which is perfect for a coffee lover like myself, but not so good for those who only like a hint of coffee or for children. The caramel flavoured  chocolate would be much more of a crowd pleasure, the chocolate is smooth, the caramel is sweet and delicious.  
Cappuchino and caramel chocolate Belgian pieces.
The Hamper also contains four luxurious Belgian truffles chocolates, a mixture of white, dark and milk which would be the perfect sweet treat for family, friends or guests over the festive period. I enjoyed these chocolates with the wine.
Belgian chocolate.
One of the impressing foods contained in the Hamper is the pheasant pate. Although pheasant may not be to every ones taste as it can be quite dry, the pheasant pate contains chicken and pork which helped keep the pheasant full of flavour and moist. I recommend serving the pheasant pate with the black peppered crackers that is also contained in the hamper.

Pheasant Pate.
Rosemary biscuits.

The Christmas Treasures Hampers contains a lovely selection of condiments, most which you would not find in your local supermarket. The mustard and spitfire ale, is a perfect accompaniment to our favourite meats around Christmas such as baked ham. I dolloped a good dosage on a recent sausage and mash dish and thought the mustard brought a nice mellow taste to this dish, I am used to English mustard so found the mustard to be quite mild. I liked the mustard grains, I have never seen this before in other jars of mustard.

Mustard on sausages.
The hamper also contains a lovely citrus based marmalade, grapefruit and lime and a bramley apple sauce which I decided to save for Christmas and will probably in-cooperate in a Christmas dish which I'll share nearer the time.  

Grapefruit and lime marmalade. 

Apple sauce.

I definitley think this hamper is good value for money and is the perfect Christmas foodie treat. Although I have never purchased a hamper prior to this before I definitely will be back on to check out to the other hampers that they sell, I have my eye on the picnic hampers :-) .

I received a copy of Hamper Gifts for review. I was not required to write a positive a review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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