Pipers Crisps Ltd.
Address: Pegasus Road, Elsham Wold, Brigg, Lincolnshire, DN20 0SQ
Telephone: 01652 686960
Email: Website Contact Form
"We have always made our crisps in our own potato crisps factory. We are absolutely dedicated to producing the best potato crisps possible. We cook locally sourced potatoes which we use the finest seasoning to flavour them.
"At Pipers Crisps we search for passionate people who make great food and ingredients for our flavours. Our newest flavour partner is Chris Wildman, a farmer in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. He rears the rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black pigs and has a flock of sheep that graze the grass on the pasture around his farmyard.
"Chris is also a fifth generation butcher and charcutier. As well as preparing his own lamb and pork for the local markets and restaurants he makes award winning chorizo. He blends pork with smoked paprika and spices to make a sausage which is dry cured for three weeks which we use to make “Kirkby Malham Chorizo” flavour crisps.
"Do not expect to find Pipers Crisps in major Supermarkets because we do not sell to them!
"We supply a diverse range of outlets though! Such as Pubs, hotels, delicatessens, farm shops, museums, stadiums and garden centres throughout Britain. Basically, we supply outlets that care about what they sell as much as we do."
Pipers Burrow Hill Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a vinegar aroma. It was not the traditional malt vinegar that remains more recognizable, which would account for the cider vinegar claim on the front of the bag. It was a somewhat sweet, but delicately flavoured crisp, that certainly featured a balance between, salt, potato, and a familiar, and warming vinegar. It was all rather mild and inoffensive when eaten one at a time, but really took off once a folded crisp or two at a time were added to the chomp.
Pipers Anglesey Sea Salt Crisps
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a slightly salty potato aroma. This is rare - Salted crisps almost always just smell of potato. While I do not consider myself the best tester of plain, original, traditional salted crisps - I crave flavour and variety - These tasted a little like fish and chip shop chips with salt on. If you are a fan of barely flavoured crisps, and they are still the best-selling variety worldwide, so there is a good chance that you are, you won't go far wrong with these.
Pipers Atlas Mountains Wild Thyme &
I didn’t know whether to laugh or applaud the chutzpah, but ‘Atlas Mountains Wild Thyme,’ was brilliant. Laboratory seasoning mix doesn’t sound nearly as exotic though so well done, Pipers. More important than the wonderful flavour description is its honesty of flavour, and yes, it worked. There was a heavy rosemary taste, which slightly overwhelmed the thyme, but both herbs were tasty and present.
Pipers Karnataka Black Pepper & Sea Salt
A Nose Plunge Test revealed little of the flavour inside. There was an onion, and perhaps pepper, aroma. They tasted unlike any other salt and pepper crisps I have tested thus far. There was a distinct pepper flavour, but it was not peppercorns, it was powder. The type of which you will find next to the salt pot on a café table. This was odd, given that there were pepper flecks on all the crisps. There was a fair mingling of salt, but again, it was powdered. The irony was, they tasted as promised on the front, but in a completely different fashion to most comparatives.
Pipers Great Berwick Longhorn Beef Crisps
A fabulous burst of beef erupted from the bag when it was opened. The first taste seemed a bit plasticky, but chomping on I found the beef was firm, consistent, and in keeping with the extra brown coloured crusty crisps. There was a sweetness that belied a familiar beef stock flavouring. The aftertaste was of a mild and sweet beef.
Pipers Lye Cross Cheddar & Onion Crisps
A Nose Plunge Test revealed cheese. It was not a generic cheese smell either, which would suggest that whatever 'Lye Cross' is, may be present somehow. There was also a sincere and straightforward combination of flavours. There was creamy potato. There was a hint of onion. There was a mild, but enjoyable cheese taste. There could have been a bit more onion to make the combo work a little better, but that did not detract from what was a very enjoyable crisp.
Pipers Delicias Jalapeno & Dill Crisps
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a very comforting dill aroma. The Taste Test was a surprise on two levels. Firstly, I was a little mystified by the flavour combo – Could this work? The second was how could it blend together? Well, Pipers knocked it out of the park on both counts. The crusty surfaces of the crisps had a good smattering of dill present and the flavour was a delight. The dill was the first hit of taste and flavour, then came the jalapeno. As is often the case, jalapeno warms nicely as the crisp is devoured. The aftertaste was all spicy pepper.
Pipers Biggleswade Sweet Chilli Crisps
These were well-coated crisps that augured well for one of the most popular flavour varieties in the world. Sadly, there was an immediate stumbling block – There was no sweetness. This left the chilli powder as just that – Chilli powder. It was not particularly spicy and not at all hot. A very disappointing version of the flavour.