Now we had no idea Interflora sold anything other than flora, so when they got in touch and asked if we’d like try one of their Christmas hampers we thought we owed it to you, dear reader, to say ‘Yes please’. Two days later we were sent the ‘Merry Christmas Tray‘ which we greedily hurried to the secret yumblog laboratory 175 metres beneath the Franco-Swiss border for extensive (and potential apocalyptic) taste trials.
Interflora Merry Christmas Tray
‘Send friends, family or colleagues something special for Christmas with this tasty collection of festive treats including two fine wines, mince pies, handmade fudge and fruit cake – all beautifully presented in a festive gift tray.’
- Healthy Ideas Luxury Fruit & Nut Mix 160g
- The Old Chapel Bakery Luxury Hand Made Mince Pies X 3
- Maxwell & Franks 5″ Iced Fruit Cake
- Franks Luxury Biscuits Choc Chunk & Orange Mini Oat Biscuits 50g
- Elizabeth Shaw Amaretto Flutes 105g
- Kitchen Recipe Hand Made Vanilla Fudge 125g
- Cotes de Luberon Blanc Appellation Luberon Controlee 2008 37.5cl
- Cotes de Luberon Rouge Appellation Luberon Controlee 2008 37.5cl
- Presented in a Red Wicker Tray
As we cranked up the high-energy taste accelerator and prepared to bombard each component of the hamper with supersymmetry gustation beams (That’s enough clumsy Hadron Collider references – Ed) we were joined in the bunker by bon vivant and guest reviewer ‘Potkicker T’. We were excited. Our hair stood on end with anticipation and static electricity as we commenced the first historic tasting.
Cotes de Luberon Blanc Appellation Luberon Controlee 2008
Important things first, let’s crack open the booze. It’s good to see Interflora have sourced French wine rather than something heavier from the Southern Hemisphere and as a result have come up with a fine example of a light, fresh and very quaffable wine. We liked this.
Cotes de Luberon Rouge Appellation Luberon Controlee 2008
A quick search on the internet came up with a review which described this wine as ‘Fresh and forward, with solid plum and black currant fruit mingling with hints of garrigue and warm stone.’ Now I’ve no idea what a garrigue is and am struggling to conjure up the taste of warm stone, but I am in complete agreement with the reviewers conclusion of ‘Tasty. Drink now’ We liked this too.
Kitchen Recipe Hand Made Vanilla Fudge
Our guest reviewer happens to be one of the world’s leading experts in fudge, having devoured specimens of every hue and flavour in all five corners of the uncivilised world. So when she licks her thin cold lips and declares a fudge to be good, you can rest assured it is worthy of praise. Those lips were licked and that declaration was made… Interflora gives good fudge.
Elizabeth Shaw Amaretto Flutes
Bathing in the afterglow of a fudge rush our guest reviewer pointed out that not being hollow, these weren’t technically flutes and would more accurately be called Elizabeth Shaw Amaretto Sticks. This characteristic pedantry aside, all three us found this confection to be both smoothly chocolatey and generously flavoured of Amaretto. These were very tasty indeed and would make a welcome addition to anyone’s Christmas calorie intake.
Healthy Ideas Luxury Fruit & Nut Mix 160g
At the time of writing we have yet to open the fruit’n’nuts, however I don’t suspect these will be too controversial.
The Old Chapel Bakery Luxury Hand Made Mince Pies
Yumblog Towers hosts an annual mince pie and mulled wine party with Blogger-D’s mince pies being the talk of Bethnal Green Village, so any rival mince pie which claims to be hand made is bound to come under particular scrutiny. These pies were generous of filling and sweet of pastry with said pastry being just the right density thereby avoiding the perennial problem of pastry dominating filling which can afflict many a shop-bought pie. Pies aloft.
Maxwell and Franks 5″ Iced Fruit Cake
In a word – dry. In three words – dry and bland. In 54 words – despite looking lush and moist, this cake was dry and far too ‘cakey’ as it lacked both fruit and in particular ‘booze’. The marzipan didn’t have an almond punch and the icing tasted of little but lemon. It was by no means a disaster, just very disappointing considering the quality of everything we had tasted thus far. Blogger-D subsequently took this cake to work and put it before an undiscriminating 23-year-old intern with a very sweet tooth … a slice was eaten, but the rest was left in favour of a tin of Quality Street.
Franks Luxury Biscuits Choc Chunk and Orange Mini Oat Biscuits
And so to the one truly nasty item in the hamper. These little horrors were genuinely unpleasant and left us all with a greasy bitter aftertaste of margerine … not unsuprising considering this was a major ingredient.
Come on Frank, butter=luxury, margerine=budget.
Red Wicker Tray
The red wicker tray was a substantial structure which looked far too useful to throw away with the rest of the packaging. It could of course had been used to hold anything (probably not tropical fish though) and if left emptily lying around would quickly make itself useful by filling with bank statements, receipts, keys, loose change and the general detritus of modern life. At the time of reviewing, Yumblog Towers was having the Grand Entrance and Vaulted Hallway renovated and decorated, so ours conveniently became a handy DIY utility tray and combined storage solution.
All three of us were impressed and agreed that the ‘Interflora Merry Christmas Tray’ was well sourced, would make a welcome festive gift to anyone with a sweet tooth and at £29.99 represented very good value for money.
If Interflora improved the Christmas cake and ditched Frank and his bloody awful biscuits, this hamper would be near perfect.