Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Country Archer Jerky - Mango Habanero

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Country Archer Jerky is a well known brand in the meat snack industry, going back to 1977 when it became the private labeler for hundreds of brands over the decades. Now based in San Bernardino, CA, the company is leveraging its own brand and pushing its own line of jerky into stores across the country.

As the jerky market has migrated towards preservative-free, natural ingredients, so has Country Archer. The company claims it's jerky is handcrafted, made in small batches, using all natural ingredients.

This Mango Habanero flavor is described as a being, "...a sweeter, more sophisticated way to spice things up."

Ingredients

Grass fed beef, organic brown sugar, mango puree, guten free tamari soy sauce, organic seasoned rice vinegar dressing, garlic, red chili pepper, habanero chili pepper

Review

The first flavor that comes to my palate is fruity sweet, along with a light habanero flavor. The chewing brings on the mango flavor, including a more defined habanero flavor, along with a light tangy rice wine vinegar. Touches of garlic and soy sauce is noticeable.

For being dubbed, "Mango Habanero", it seems to hold up well. I do pick up a well-noticeable mango fruity flavor and sweet, along with the sharp, floral flavor of habanero. The level of heat in this is not as hot as one might expect with habanero, I'd rate this as "medium" on my personal heat scale (level 3 out of 5).

Otherwise, the primary taste profile is that of sweet, fruity mango, coupled with a lighter habanero chile flavor, and the tanginess of rice wine vinegar. Add a touch of soy sauce and garlic, and you have a jerky that's mostly sweet and spicy, and lightly salty and savory.

Meat consistency seems good in this, with only small, light streaks of fat noticeable. It's mostly easy to eat, lightly chewy, yet still meaty. It actually takes on a steak-like texture to some degree.

Verdict

This Mango Habanero beef jerky from Country Archer does a pretty good job of representing its advertised flavors, though tones down the heat to a level acceptable to a wider audience. I like the addition of rice wine vinegar to create the tangy lively chewing, but I really like the well-defined mango flavor, something you don't get enough of in competing brands. While I would have liked to get more of the habanero heat, I find myself feeling fulfilled from the unique habanero flavor in this jerky. This is not a jerky for hot food fanatics, for those who are curious what habanero tastes like, this makes for a great introduction.

Rating: Good

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