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Mar 9, 2012 09:11 PM

President's Choice Black Label

I'm starting this thread due to a discussion of this new 'high end' line from PC in the avocado oil thread. I hit the Provigo at Parc and Sherbrooke today and picked up a bunch of items and am going to post here with my thoughts. I also want to hear from others who have tried this line - what you like, what you don't, general thoughts etc. I'll do a mini review of each product as I try them. And once again, despite my fascination with this brand, I don't work for them, know anyone who works for them, nor do I have any interest in being dishonest in these comments. So don't worry about that.

So today I tried:

Lucques olives - I saw these (not this brand) mentioned in another thread, so that convinced me to try them. The comment on flavour in the other thread was 'buttery' and yes, pretty much. I mean, these literally taste of butter to me. I LOVE them. They have mild olive taste and that butter thing going for them. They felt a tad unripe, but I have never tried these before, maybe they are meant to have a bit more bit than I am used to from jarred olives? Now I REALLY want to try the specific harvest ones people were raving about in the other thread. Big recommend on these.

Cream of Asparagus soup - MEH. Better than Campbell's, didn't come out of the can in a solid blob, but nothing too special. It DID taste of asparagus and had noticeable (slightly stringy for me) asparagua pieces. This wasn't terrible, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Pea and Bacon soup - it's soup from a can, so it's never going to be as good as something...not from a can, but this IS by far the best pea soup I've had out of a can. It tastes of actual fresh peas, that's the main thing I liked about it.

pistachios - apart from the convenience of them being shelled, these were just normal pistachios (which I love) - they didnt taste or feel old at all, something I have sometimes noticed when buying nuts.

Marcona almonds - YUM. I've never had these before so it's probably just the almond itself, not the brand, but these are the best almonds I've ever had. To me they taste exactly like an almond/cashew hybrid and theyre softer than regular almonds too. I intend to make these a regular in my house.

Oh, and I DID get the avocado oil but havent tried it yet. Tons of other stuff, too, I went nuts. Bacon jam...hello.

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  1. I posted this in the thread about Black Label on the Ontario board. The 8-year-old cheddar is phenomenal - and this is from someone who isn't a big fan of the PC line (on principle alone, not for any good reason). It's a raw milk cheddar, crumbly with really great flavour. An excellent product.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      Just noticed the Ontario board has this exact thread, same name and everything, but older and longer and better. Yay for me! Well, I will give this a wekk or so to see if it gets any traction here, but if not will happily jump into the Ontario thread. Some positive reviews over there, also some controversy over whether some products may simply have been repackaged from regular PC to Black Label and marked up. I hope that isn't the case.

      Also, im going to try the cheese today (this seems to be the most consistently high rated product from the Black label line) , if I can find it at a different Provigo - the one on Sherbrooke was without a few items.

      1. re: montrealeater

        Bacon jam? Tell me more? Where did you find this in Montreal?

        1. re: jonhall

          I got the name slightly wrong, it's Bacon Marmalade. Got it at the Sherbrooke/Parc Provigo. I tried some this morning and I was...slightly disappointed. :( It tastes a lot less bacony than I was hoping/imagining. It was still GOOD and i can't wait to try it on a chicken sandwich, or as a spread or dip etc. for other things, but it was more sweet and acidic than I was expecting. It has balsamic vinegar in it and that is definitely noticeable.

          If you're into bacon jam, there is the brand that I think goes by Skillet Jam that is all bacon, as far as I know. A friend orders it in from the US and treats it like gold, complete with yelling if you look like you might drop the jar etc.

          1. re: montrealeater

            Yeah I had seen that product on Eat Street on the Food Network but at $17.00 a jar plus shipping, I was hoping a similar product was being made by PC. Will check it out next time I am in that area as I haven't seen it at the Loblaws near me.

            1. re: jonhall

              Jonhall, not every Loblaws carries this line. The one on Rachel does. Check out the 'avocado oil' thread for info on where to find this brand in Montreal, we discussed it there.

            2. re: montrealeater

              I found a little extra cooked bacon crumbled in fixes the PC bacon marmelade into something quite delicious if you're so inclined.

      2. More products:

        Bacon Marmalade - as mentioned, less bacony and more sweet/acidic than I was expecting/wanting, but this is my personal taste.

        Belgian Waffle Vanilla Cookies - sweeeet. We gobbled these up but they are very sweet and nothing about them said 'high end' to me rather than 'normal processed food cookie type product' - they're sandwich cookies with the cookie part looking like a small, crunchy waffle. Pretty sure little kids would love these.

        Vodka pasta sauce - really good. Good flavour, for jarred pasta sauce this was very high quality.

        fresh pasta - Girasoli Buffalo Mozzarella - this is so far a stand out product. By a long way the besr fresh, pre-prepared pasta I've ever had, it actually tasted of cheese - very, very cheesy. And since regular non-buffalo mozza is also an ingredient I think we're safe to assume there's very little actual buffalo mozza in this. I didn't expect much from this, because fresh prepared pasta is almost always a let down. But it was genuinely very good.