Taste Test: Red Rock Deli 'Special Reserve' Potato Chips

When Red Rock Deli first hit supermarket shelves in the late 1990s, it was a revelation to our taste buds. Previously, Australian chip lovers had been limited to a handful of boring flavours. Red Rock Deli showed us there was more to life than Plain, Salt & Vinegar and BBQ, ruffled or thin. Its latest attempt at haute-crisp cuisine kicks things up a notch with such fancy-sounding ingredients as saffron, champagne vinaigrette and wasabi cream. We put each flavour to the test.

Red Rock Deli's Special Reserve range are being described as an "ultra-deluxe potato crisp". They come in three flavours: Champagne Vinaigrette and Shallot, Creamy Saffron and Sage and Wagyu Beef and Wasabi Cream.

Red Rock Deli Creamy Saffron and Sage

The chips are currently available at Woolworths, IGA and independent supermarkets in 150g and 65g pack varieties. Naturally, we plumped for the big boys which retail for $4.49. This is a premium of around $1 compared to Red Rock Deli's regular chip range.

Creamy Saffron & Sage

Red Rock Deli's Special Reserve Creamy Saffron & Sage potato chips pack in 570kJ of energy, 6.5g of fat, 17g of carbs, 1g of sugar and 141 mg of sodium per serve. We should point out that a "serve" constitutes around one fifth of a 150g bag which sounds pretty unrealistic to us. (You'll probably need to double these numbers.)

Like the other entrants in the Special Reserve range, they have a subtler flavour profile to other Red Rock Deli chips: but there's also more complexity to what taste is there.

To be honest, I couldn't tell you what "creamy saffron" is supposed to taste like — but these chips reminded me of Red Rock's Grilled Chorizo & Caramelised Onion flavour. Which is to say, they're finger-lickingly tasty, but best enjoyed in small doses.

Taste Verdict: 7/10

Wagyu Beef & Wasabi Cream

Firstly, points off for pretentiously invoking "Wagyu beef". (We guess Angus was already taken.) Red Rock Deli's Special Reserve Wagyu Beef & Wasabi Cream flavour contains 445kJ of energy, 7g of fat, 17g of carbs and 107 mg of sodium per serve.

Of the three new flavours, Wagyu Beef & Wasabi Cream was easily my favourite. Unlike its Special Reserve brethren, it does't taste like a tarted-up version of a pre-existing flavour. The two key flavour elements are distinct and actually recognisable.

My only complaint is that the wasabi flavouring could be a smidgen stronger: if you're looking for a hit of mustardy heat, you won't find it here. Otherwise, this is a delectable crisp that lives up to its "Special Reserve" branding.

Taste Verdict: 9/10

Champagne Vinaigrette & Shallot

Red Rock Deli's Special Reserve Champagne Vinaigrette & Shallot flavour tastes exactly like Red Rock Deli's Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, but with less flavour. (To be fair, I actually really like Red Rock Deli's Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, but this Special Reserve iteration ain't worth the premium.)

Taste Verdict: 7/10

Have you tried the new Red Rock Deli 'Special Reserve' Potato Chip range yet? Tell us what you think in the comments!


Comments

    Hey Chris, you called them Red Rick Deli 6 times in this article. At least your mistake is pretty consistent :)

      So I did. Thanks for the heads-up - fixed now!

    Firstly, they are Chips....the constant use of crisps makes it sound like it was sourced overseas.
    And secondly, you views were that some were better than others, why all the same score?

      http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/05/what-should-we-call-potato-chips/

      They didn't all get the same score - beef and wasabi scored higher, which is why I said it was my favourite.

    i bought these the other day i was really hoping that the Wagyu Beef & Wasabi Cream had a bit more kick. Something on par with the sweet chilli variety?

    You had me at wasabi.

    Though, I'm not sure I want to give Red Rock my money, I still haven't forgiven them for discontinuing their corn chip range. RIP Jalapeno & Cheddar :(.

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