Waitrose Blanc de Noirs NV Champagne, 75cl, £23.99, waitrose.com
Loads of bubbles. The smell has a balance between the fruity and the biscuity – reminiscent of an older champagne. Fresh, fragrant – I can drink another glass.
Co-op Les Pionniers Non-Vintage Brut Champagne, 75cl, £18.99, coop.co.uk
Pear and creme patissiere coming through on the nose – pleasant. It’s taking me back to my grandma’s – she used to make this dessert. I’ve got her face in front of my brain now. Very fresh, very green. Fragrant, young and fruity.
Tesco Finest NV Premier Cru Champagne, 75cl, £20, tesco.com
Feels slightly older… It’s reminiscent of a vintage champagne, more biscuit and oak on the nose. Has some depth. Not my favourite style but well made.
Morrisons The Best Premier Cru NV Champagne, 75cl, £21, morrissons.com
Actually, a very light nose. Very appley, very sharp. Too sharp. I don’t really like this. Urrgh… Sharp!
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Hebridean Smoked Salmon, 100g, £4.35, sainsburys.com
Meaty, cut pretty thick. I quite like it. Medium smokiness. It’s fairly rich. The best we have tried.
Aldi Specially Selected Smoked Scottish Salmon, 100g, £2.99, aldi.co.uk
Strong smoky flavours, quite strong actually. I think I would like to eat this on Christmas Day, I like the level of smokiness.
Selfridges Selection Smoked Salmon, 100g, £6.99, selfridges.com
This one looks good. Light and delicate flavour. It probably has the lightest smoky taste of them all. Very, very light smoke.
Iceland Luxury Oak Smoked Scottish Salmon, 100g, £3.50, iceland.co.uk
Fishy, smoky… I like this one. This fillet looks like it’s breaking up a bit.
Taste the Difference Pork, Bacon and Turkey Pie with Gold Leaf, 840g, £12, sainsburys.com
Looks nice. I like the cranberry jelly and the pork, proper pieces of meat. I like the freshness of the pastry, too.
Marks & Spencer Collection Large Cranberry Topped Pork Pie, 1280g, £5, marksandspencer.com
The cranberry and pork work well. Feels like quite a fatty filling – not a bad thing. I’d buy this for Christmas.
Adams and Harlow Cranberry Topped Pork Pie, 1360g, £19.99, ocado.com
Very meaty filling, very tasty. Feels like a good quality pie. I’m not fond of the fresh cranberries on top.
Waitrose Pork, Duck & Orange Pie, 440g, £7, waitrose.com
The orange flavour doesn’t come through so well, it’s very subtle. There’s a lot of pastry on top – it’s actually thick all around, too.
Daylesford Mushroom & Truffle Paté, 200g, £7.99, daylesford.com
Pieces of mushroom in this, it actually tastes of mushrooms. It feels luxurious and more artisanal. I’d happily eat this.
Fortnum & Mason Mushroom Paté with Mixed Beans and Paprika, 110g, £8.95, fortnumandmason.com
This tastes all right. It has a nice mushroom flavour. I would eat it if this was around at Christmas.
Waitrose Mushroom & Chestnut Paté with Red Onion & Balsamic Chutney, 140g, £2.50, waitrose.com
It doesn’t taste of anything. It’s vile. I spit it out. The huge thing at the top… it doesn’t do it for me.
Granovita Mushroom Paté With Herbs & Spices, 2 x 125g, from £6.50, amazon.co.uk
Inedible. It’s like a paste; feels like cat food … Sorry.
The Handmade Cocktail Co The Negroni Cocktail, 50cl, £25.95, masterofmalt.com
Strong! It’s got flavour and spices. It has a very particular smell, they might be using a different kind of vermouth?
Harvey Nichols Negroni, 70cl, £35, harveynichols.com
A bit light in colour, but has all of the characteristics of a negroni; the combination of three spirits coming together well. It has depth.
Psychopomp Negroni, 70cl, £28.95, masterofmalt.com
I do really like the smell of this one and it is also quite aromatic in taste.
Tails Cocktails Negroni, 1l, £23, ocado.com
Feels very weak, both in flavour and alcohol. Not my cup of tea. Too orange, the colour is not for me, it’s not negroni colour.
Marks & Spencer Sloe Gin, 50cl, £10, marksandspencer.com
Distinctive cherry flavours. Pleasant. It’s like one of those liqueurs I used to drink at my parents’ house. My favourite.
Ableforth’s Bathtub Sloe Gin, 50cl, £25.95, masterofmalt.com
A deep colour. Balanced on the nose: red fruit and spices. The flavours on the nose are there in the mouth. Big and bold.
Berry Bros & Rudd Sloe Gin, 70cl, £26.50, bbr.com
Lacks depth in the colour, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing. It has a syrupy smell, but actually quite a subtle flavour.
Sloemotion Sloe Gin, 70cl, £28.95, sloemotion.com
Light red. A little overpowering… a bit too sweet for me. The nose is not great.
Source: Thanks https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/dec/08/ofm-christmas-taste-test-party-food-drink-fred-sirieix