As limited editions go this one doesn’t sound that exciting. Sure the packaging looks lovely, it has a posh black and silver label, and looks almost artisan in style. It manages to mix the traditional label with a modern twist giving itself a rather classy look, but is the product that different to regular Ketchup?
One of the major ingredients in regular Heinz Ketchup is vinegar, so all they have done is switched the usual vinegar for a more flavoursome balsamic, and I wasn’t convinced when I bought it that it would be that different.
During a fishcakes, chips and peas supper I decide to give the sauce a try. It was a little darker that regular ketchup, and it seemed to be a bit thicker in consistency too. I eased a chip in, and gave it a try. Although still sweet, it was most certainly not as sweet as regular ketchup. The vinegar base was very different, it was zingier and a little more acidic. The overall depth of flavour was greater and the balsamic tones lasted much longer on the taste buds than regular ketchup.
This may still be just a ketchup, but it really is a fab one. The balsamic does make the difference gives the sauce a lovely edge. It holds its own well enough to be used as a dip, and if you want to look posh during barbecue season, make sure you offer this up to your guests – I suspect they will be asking you where you bought it from!