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Too much cinnamon
on January 5, 2016
I am looking for a replacement for the Mediterranean Gourmet version, and this isn't it. I guess it is ok on its own, but I would rather have something with less cinnamon. The bottle I have is almost overwhelming, both in aroma and taste, with cinnamon. It is just a touch spicy (probably from so much cinnamon), but I wouldn't really call this "spicy" at all. I think I have a pretty low tolerance for heat, too. We have tried this on pancakes with a bit of butter and maple syrup and scrambled eggs. I also use this and a few other spices as a rub for chicken and pork. I love to put Ras El Hanout on roasted potatoes with some lemon juice and zest, but the flavors in this do not mix well with the lemon.
I also have this brand's Kefta and Baharat. While each smells differently, they all look the same and taste nearly identical, especially once on the meat and cooked. I can only tell the difference with this because of the cinnamon. I have noticed other reviews stating that other spices have been overwhelming, too. It leads me to think that there is no consistency with this, and one bottle might taste completely different from another. While I'm aware that Ras el Hanout technically just means that this is best spices of the day and spice shops might change their recipes, I would think that a mass producer would have some sort of "recipe" for consistency's sake. I hate it when I just get a recipe down pat and then something doesn't taste quite right because the spice has changed.
While I'm not disappointed in buying this, but I probably won't buy it again. At least this arrived very fresh and with a properly sealed lid, which I can't say about another brand I tried.