Sweetlands of Dunmow produce small batches of their flitch sausage around the time of the "Dunmow Flitch Trials" in July / August, and also at other times to be honest, which celebrates an ancient ceremony to award a flitch of bacon to married couples from anywhere in the world, if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in 'twelvemonth and a day', they have 'not wisht themselves unmarried again'.
We've raved about Sweetlands Flitch sausages and quite rightly so we believe. 70% pork meat (also some added fat we were informed) plus bacon, tomato and basil. A very good looking raw sausage I have to say. Lovely skins and all tied properly. Presentation matters.
Well, what a sausage! An extremely course / crumbly texture with a medium bite and a succulent melt in the mouth experience. The seasoning is just enough and the taste well, as far as I'm concerned, superb.
There's a slight salty initial taste from the bacon, then the sweetness from the tomato comes through with the basil. A good combination that works really well.
The skins cook up nice and make every mouthful a pleasure. We did however have a few split skins, but that may have been as I had the heat up a little too high initially under the pan. These aren't best grilled, so stick to sizzling them in a pan or oven baking.
A "stonkingly" good sausage.....and is our Top Sausage 2012.
See our full review and others at www.sausagereview.co.uk