Anarchy in a Jar

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Tasting Notes: What's in a Jam

UncategorizedLaena McCarthy

Anarchy's 2009 Tasting Notes

Ingredients, description and tasting notes for each of our jams as they become available.

Our jams, jellies and preserves are "vintage," made from fruit grown in a particular year and under those unique environmental conditions. Variations in character from year to year can include subtle differences in color, palate, nose, body and development.

Also, all of our jams are made in small batches, making each jar unique.

STRAWBERRY

Just Strawberry Jam
organic strawberries, sugar and lemon juice
Long maceration process resulting in a more "cooked" flavor with deep strawberry richness. Loose, European style set.

Strawberry Balsamic Jam
organic strawberries, balsamic vinegar, sugar and lemon juice
Whole fruit, long maceration process with a balsamic bite--great with goat cheese! Loose, European style set.

Early Glow Strawberry Jam
organic Early Glow strawberries, sugar and lemon juice
This early variety is particularly small and flavorful. Whole fruit, long maceration process, with a sweet, fresh flavor. Loose, European style set.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
organic strawberries, rhubarb sugar and lemon juice
Long maceration process, lots of strawberry goodness but with the tart flavor of rhubarb to excite the taste buds. Loose, European style set.

New-World Strawberry Jam:
organic strawberries, sugar and lemon juice
Very little cooking and the addition of natural citrus pectin makes this bright red, more jelled, American-style set--a perfect compliment to toast, scones or, of course, PB & J.

CHERRY

Midnight Morello Preserves
morello cherries, sugar and lemon juice
Made from low-spray Morello black sour cherries. Gorgeous jewel-toned, dark red color. Sweet cherry aroma finishes with a tart, crisp acidity in good balance. Loose, European style set.

Midnight Morello Preserves -- New World Style
morello cherries, sugar, lemon juice, and all natural pectin
Made from low-spray Morello black sour cherries. Gorgeous jewel-toned, dark red color. Sweet cherry aroma finishes with a tart, crisp acidity in good balance. Firmer New World style set.

Amarelle Sour Cherries in Syrup (Amarene Sciroppate)
Montmorency amarelle cherries, sugar and lemon juice
Light-colored red sour cherries preserved in syrup. Tart finish and a natural almond aroma. Delicious mixed with water (to make the Persian drink, Sharbateh Albaloo) soda water or tonic; on ice cream or cake; in cocktails.

PEACH

A Real Peach Jam
white peaches, yellow peaches, sugar and lemon juice
Made from low spray Briermere peaches from the North Fork of Long Island. Long maceration process, a pure peach flavor that conjures the long summer days of July. Loose, European style set.

Rose White Jam
white peaches, yellow peaches, rosewater, sugar and lemon juice
Made from low spray Briermere peaches from the North Fork of Long Island. Long maceration process, a pure peach flavor is balanced by the palette tease of rosewater. Loose, European style set.

Dark Kiss Jam
white peaches, yellow peaches, black raspberries, sugar and lemon juice
Made from low spray Briermere peaches from the North Fork of Long Island. Long maceration process, a pure peach flavor is deepened by the tart black raspberries. Loose, European style set.

Peach & Raspberry Jam
raspberries, peaches, sugar, all natural pectin, and lemon juice
Made from Upstate New York raspberries and Long Island peaches. Beautiful color and peachy, raspberry flavor. This is summer perfection in the mouth. Firmer New World style set.

BLACKBERRY

Black Heart Black Berry Jam
blackberries, sugar, all natural pectin and lemon juice
Made from blackberries picked at Uncle Wolf's in Vermont--no spray but not certified organic. Long maceration process. A sweet blackberry flavor with a tart finish. Loose, European style set.

RASPBERRY

Emma's Raspberry Jam
raspberries, balsamic vinegar, sugar, all natural pectin, and lemon juice
Made from Upstate New York raspberries picked with the help of Laena's sister Emma. Perfect for those who love pure fruit flavor and a tart, developed flavor. Balsamic vinegar deepens the raspberry flavor and enhances the body and finish. Firmer New World style set.

BLUEBERRY

Easy Like Sunday Morning Blueberry Jam
blueberries, maple syrup, sugar and lemon juice
Made from a mix of blueberries from Uncle Wolf's and Kelder's Farm in upstate New York. Sweet blueberry perfection with a rich maple syrup body. Loose, European style set.

Bitter Blue Blueberry Marmalade
blueberries, maple syrup, sugar and whole lemon slices
Made from a mix of blueberries from Uncle Wolf's and Kelder's Farm in upstate New York. Sweet and bitter blueberry perfection, a rich maple syrup body balanced by the bitter marmalade goodness of preserved lemons. Firmer New World style set.

FIG

Fig-alicious Jam
black mission figs, sugar and lemon juice
Made black mission figs that were picked fresh and smuggled to us from California (thanks Jamarchist agents). Pure, perfect fig. A sweet, flavorful aphrodisiac.

PLUM

Sugar Plum Fairy Preserves -- Top Shelf Version
Golden sugar plums, trockenbeerenauslese (ice dessert wine), and sugar
A tantalizing mix of sugar plums from upstate New York and an amazing bottle of rare vintage trockenbeerenauslese ice wine. Trockenbeerenauslese is made from grapes left on the vine until nearly dry. Because these grapes, picked one by one at fullest maturity, are very concentrated in flavor and sugar, they produce extremely rich, nectarous wines often described as "liquid gold". This is top shelf jam. Exquisite plum flavors, concentrated sweet fruit balanced beautifully by acidity to maintain a light and lively feel in the mouth and heady pleasure to all the senses. Close your eyes and eat this with a spoon.

Sugar Plum Fairy Preserves
Golden sugar plums, ice wine, lemon juice and sugar
A delicious mix of sugar plums from upstate New Jersey and ice wine. Ice wine is sweet, dessert wine made from grapes left on the vine until nearly dry. All the flavors are here and hit your senses in succession: sweet, savory, bitter and tart plum flavors. Close your eyes and eat this with a spoon.

In the works for Fall 2009:
Apple preserves with calvados and cardamom, pear preserves, cranberry and apple preserves with star anise, cranberry jam with absinthe

If you have questions about any of our jams, please ask us: anarchyinajar@gmail.com.