The first review is on a company that I have been doing business with for years. Mackenzie Limited is a gourmet and specialty food purveyor. “Mackenzie Limited was founded by an Englishman with a passion for gourmet food and a penchant for Scottish smoked salmon.” In fact, is was the Scottish smoked salmon that first attracted me to Mackenzie Limited. The first year I got a side for the holidays. Then they came out with a great idea at a great value… the individual packs which allow you to enjoy some now and keep the rest in the freezer for another occasion. They are perfect for the small family. If you are going for a party, get the big side. You will impress the guests more than you know. More important than presentation choices, however, is the quality of the smoked salmon. First, for me, Scottish smoked salmon is the way to go. Mackenzie’s Scottish smoked salmon is the BEST that I have had and I have sampled other Scottish styled smoked salmon throught the U.S. and the U.K. You won’t go wrong with Mackenzie’s.
Another product that I traditionally get form Mackenzie, is Stilton cheese.
Only six dairies in England, located in the three counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, using the original centuries-old recipe, are licensed to produce Blue Stilton – the King of English cheeses. Those dairies are: 1. Colston Bassett Dairy 2. Cropwell Bishop 3. Long Clawson Dairy 4. Quenby Hall 5. Tuxford & Tebbutt Creamery 6. Websters.
My favorite is Long Clawson Dairy and, specifically, the brand called Thomas Hoe Stevenson® Aged Blue Stilton®. Not only is the flavor superb, but the creamy texture is perfect with just the right amount of crumble to it. This is important if you want the Stilton to stay on the cracker. With some Stiltons, there is a tendency to be a little on the dry, crumbly side which can be problematic standing at a party with a glass of wine in one hand and balancing a piece of Stilton on a cracker in the other.
Thomas Hoe Stevenson® Aged Blue Stilton® from Mackenzie comes in four size configurations. I haven’t gone for the 4 lbs. quarter wheel as yet, but if you are having a party for 20 – 50 people, then that is the presentation you want. Just wrap the wheel in a large white linen napkin, place it on a platter with a Stilton serving piece and pray that your guests will leave you just a spoonful or two. The next one down in sizes is the window box at 2 lbs. This is the best value in my opinion and the easiest to manage. The next one is the 9 oz. clasp jar. I tried that one once, but when you get down about half way the jar lid is too heavy and the jar keeps tipping over which is inconvenient. The bottom line is that if you really want to experience The King of Cheeses in all its glory, try some Thomas Hoe Stevenson® Aged Blue Stilton® from Mackenzie. You will thank me. And if you want to really make it special, settle down after dinner with a glass of port, Stilton from Mackenzie and plain crackers with a plate of Royal Pears quartered and cored. My friend, you just found Heaven!
I have also tried their caviar sampler. The premier version is the one I would suggest, but that is primarily due to the fact that my caviar preference is definitely with Osetra. However, the whole point of a sampler is to try new tastes and textures. So, be adventurous, especially with the great variety of sustanable farmed American caviars.
There are many more items to try at Mackenzie. So many choices, so little time. Let us know what your favorites are and we’ll update this review to include them.