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These Deep River Snacks Rosemary & Olive Oil chips are delicious with various Belgian and German premium beers.
I received a bag of these potato chips in my September Knoshbox.
Because this month’s Knoshbox is all about “Perfect Pairings” I read the product card before tasting these chips and tried to choose a tea according to what the curators of the Knoshbox recommended. For these chips, Knoshbox recommended Allagash White wheat beer from Maine because it has “balanced notes of coriander, orange peel and clove” … which does sound rather intriguing but, I’ve found even with the most intriguing sounding beer, when it comes right down to it, I’m often disappointed with a beer. So, instead, I did a little investigation into my tea collection, and came up with this Market Chai African Redbush Tea from MarketSpice, and I brewed some of it to enjoy with these chips. Nice! There are delightful citrus notes, and warm notes from the cinnamon and ginger, and a pleasant nutty flavor from the nutmeg … and all the delicious flavors of the chai melded quite nicely with the flavors of potato, olive oil and rosemary. A really delightful, spicy-sweet, savory treat!
What I Think:
These are really tasty … so tasty in fact, I found it difficult to stop munching on them long enough to start typing out my thoughts about them. The bag is nearly gone now!
The potatoes have been slightly thick cut – these aren’t the thickest cut potato chips I’ve seen, but, they’re thicker than your average potato chip. And they’ve been kettle cooked to give them that hearty crunch.
After they were cooked, they were flavored with rosemary and olive oil. I like how these are flavored … nothing overwhelming. I like the combination of the olive oil and rosemary.
Rosemary can be a very aggressive herb and take over the dish that it flavors, and because the description on Knoshbox’s website suggests a robust rosemary flavor, I thought that the herb might overpower the chip, but it is balanced nicely here. I taste resin notes and notes of pine. It’s a very pleasant flavor and I like the way the rosemary is presented here.
My Final Thoughts:
A delicious, savory chip, and even though I didn’t pair it with the beer they suggested, I found that the flavor profiles they described helped me immensely with the choosing of the tea suggestion for this snack. I don’t usually choose a chai to drink with potato chips, but I’m glad I did today!