I have found my ultimate hamper. It contains meat, cheese and wine. What more could you possibly want? I was recently introduced to Basco Fine Foods. Although based in the UK, the company was founded by Javier De La Hormaza in 2012, who spent over a year travelling around Spain, visiting hundreds of local producers and tasting their produce with a view to import the finest foods Spain has to offer to us Brits. And they’re based in Yorkshire, which makes me happy, being a Yorkshire girl myself!
The range of products really is amazing. They kindly sent me their Spanish Food Hamper, containing the following:
Montanegra Iberico Ham: widely recognised as the best Spanish ham due to the diet of grass and acorns that the black Iberian pigs are fed on which results in a tender, deep red and delicious ham, rich and nutty in flavour.
Montanegra Iberico Chorizo: a premium chorizo sausage made from selected cuts from the Iberian pig blended carefully with garlic, salt and smoked paprika for an incredibly rich, yet soft sausage with a light smokey edge.
Montanegra Iberico Salchichon: a tapas favourite, this Spanish Iberico salchichon is made from selected Iberian meat cuts blended with garlic, salt and pepper. The sausage is hand filled following an artisan method of production.
Senorio de Vizcantar Extra Virgin Olive Oil: a Spanish extra virgin olive oil from Priego de Cordoba. This premium olive oil is a blend of three olive varieties picudo, hojiblanca and picual. The fruity intensity of the Picudo, the subtle almond hints of the Hojiblanca and the austere astringency of the Picual conforms this gentle olive oil blend.
BSB Sweet Smoked Paprika: a Spanish paprika of Smokey flavour and aroma due to the smoke drying process of the peppers. A key ingredient in paella recipes, stews, sauces or simply sprinkled on fish or tapas dishes.
La Chinata Green Olive Tapenade: enriched with extra virgin olive oil for a truly tempting appetiser when you spread it on a slice of toasted bread.
Bonito Tuna (115g): an award winning fleshy white tuna loin which is a key ingredient when making the perfect Ensalada Mixta (mixed salad).
Villadiego Manchego Semi-Cured Cheese: Cured for three months to obtain a really creamy cheese with notes of toasted pistachios.
Mallorcan Rosemary Savoury Biscuits (240g): Made in Mallorca since 1890 and the perfect accompaniment for your ham and cheese.
A bottle of Gailur Tinto from Rioja (75cl): An incredibly fruity red wine with a deep dark cherry colour and taste notes of ripe red fruits, plums and liquorice.
For anyone who regularly reads this blog, I’m sure you can see why it was just perfect for me. Everything was absolutely delicious and you could tell that all of the products were extremely high quality and authentically Spanish. We tested the hamper out with friends, who were very pleased to have popped round on the day we were reviewing this, and I’m sure they’ll be telling their friends about it too. I was also really impressed with the packaging – the wooden box is of a very high standard and can certainly be used again for storing things – it would look lovely in a rustic style kitchen.
Basco have a whole host of mouth-watering (I always think that phrase is a bit naff, but my mouth was literally watering!) products on their website and I’ll definitely be ordering for friends and family in future – coming from a seriously foodie family, I know they’d love them. They’d make perfect Christmas gifts. They even have a whole Iberico Ham Kit, with a ham shoulder from Dehesa de Extremadura, a stand, knife and slicing instructions, which would be an amazing gift for a special occasion, and certainly with a ‘wow’ factor.
Or why not serve one of these to your loved ones over Christmas? So many ideas! Javier also offers a wide range of his Spanish food and drink recipes on the website here.
Overall I’m incredibly impressed with everything about Basco Fine Foods – the quality of the products, the service and even the experience of the website. Love it!
I was sent a hamper for review purposes by Basco Fine Foods, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.