Wednesday, July 13, 2011

KING OSCAR- 22

KING OSCAR: IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL WHITE WINE VINEGAR & CAPERS


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PRODUCT OF:  
Poland


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OVERALL:
Faint Vinegar aroma upon opening. Six and a half-visible capers. A mild tartness hits you on the first bite.; vinegar does not overpower the fish: a dryer fish, firm, no strong flavors or after taste. The smoke flavor is not detected in this tin. 5 Sardines. 







KING OSCAR: IN SOYBEAN OIL



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PRODUCT OF: 
Poland


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OVERALL:
Ten fish to the tin, nicely packed. (like a tin of Sardines) A faint Sardine/oil aroma upon opening. A firm-textured fish, A spiny fish, you can hear and feel the little spines crunch. A mild-tasting fish, no strong flavors or after taste. A clean-tasting oil. No smoke flavor, for these are not smoked. Would eat again. 5 Sardines







KING OSCAR: IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL WITH SLICED SPANISH MANZANILLA OLIVES



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NUTRITION:
 Calories 170
Fat, total 13g
Saturated 3g
Protein 14g
Sodium- 300mg
Cholesterol-55mg



PRODUCT OF: 
Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Lightly Smoked bristling sardines, extra virgin olive oil, basil, green olives, Salt


OVERALL:

A faint, almost undetectable sardine aroma upon opening. Pieces of olives lay atop the fish; put together, there may be 2 1\4 olives. First layer: ten fish. A medium to soft textured fish. A mild-tasting fish, no strong flavors or aftertaste. Fish holds its shape well. The second layer has eight fish. 3 1\2 Sardines
                                  





KING OSCAR: IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL WITH BASIL, OREGANO & GARLIC











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NUTRITION:
 Calories 180
Fat, total 14g
Saturated 3g
Protein 14g
Sodium- 300mg
Cholesterol-55mg



PRODUCT OF: 
Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Lightly Smoked bristling sardines, extra virgin olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic, Salt


OVERALL:
A faint oregano aroma upon opening. A medium to soft textured fish. The flavor from the spices hits you on the first bite yet, does not overpower the fish. Garlic is noticeable. A faint oregano aftertaste is present, then disperses. 4 1\2 Sardines








KING OSCAR: IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL WITH RED BELL PEPPER, GARLIC, ROSEMARY & HOT CHILI



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NUTRITION:
 Calories 190
Fat, total 15g
Saturated 3g
Protein 14g
Sodium- 470mg
Cholesterol-55mg



PRODUCT OF: 
Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Lightly Smoked bristling sardines, extra virgin olive oil, red bell pepper, garlic, rosemary, hot chili, Salt


OVERALL:
 
Hardly any aroma noticeable at all upon opening. A soft textured fish, a mild-tasting fish, flavors are weak, oil flavor is prominent, tin needs something more. By themselves, they are pretty lackluster. Not a spiny fish, no strong flavor or after taste. Sixteen fish to the tin. I would eat again, with something, not alone.
3 1\2 Sardines








KING OSCAR: IN TAPATIO HOT SAUCE





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NUTRITION:
 Calories 160
Fat Calories- 100
Fat, total 11g
Saturated 3g
Protein 16g
Sodium- 860mg
Cholesterol-75mg



PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Lightly Smoked Brisling Sardines, Tapatio Hot Sauce
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OVERALL:
Hot sauce aroma hits you upon opening. A medium textured fish, fish holds its shape well while removing from tin. Sauce hits you on the first bite. The Tapatio hot sauce pairs excellent with the sardines. Being tinned with the sauce is different than just adding the sauce; it's better. A nice lingering heat. Not a spiny fish. In a world (just here in the states) of sardines in Louisiana-style hot sauces, this is its own class. Even if you're not a King Oscar fan, these are worth trying. 5 Sardines









KING OSCAR: VINTAGE 1999 IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL



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NUTRITION:
 Calories 758kj/181kcal
Fat, total 13g
Saturated 3g
Protein 16g



PRODUCT OF: Norway


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Extra Virgin Olive Oil


PRICEOVERALLALL:
Olive oil aroma upon opening. A good-looking tin of fish. A soft textured fish, delicate texture not a mushy soft. A very mild-tasting fish. No strong taste or after. Oil still possesses a faint green flavor to it. Not a spiny fish. A good tin of fish. I will eat again. 5 Sardines For more info, click HERE



KING OSCAR: VINTAGE 2007 IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL




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NUTRITION:
 Calories 758kj/181kcal
Fat, total 13g
Saturated 3g
Protein 16g



PRODUCT OF: Norway


INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Extra Virgin Olive Oil


PRICE:

OVERALL:
A pretty good year. A mild-tasting fish, Olive oil does not have an overly green taste. A firm-textured fish. Without the date, you would not be able to tell that this tin is 7 years old. 5 Sardines.






KING OSCAR: IN PURE SPRING WATER



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NUTRITION:
 Calories 150
Fat Calories 90
Fat, total 10g
Saturated 3.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 3g
Monounsaturated 4G
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 200mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 30%
Iron 6%

PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland

INGREDIENTS:
Bristling Sardines, Water

PRICE:

OVERALL:
A faint sardine aroma upon opening. Eight small fish to the tin. A soft textured fish, not a spiny fish. No strong after taste, even in the water this tin has a good flavor. I would eat again. (Not an easy tin to locate in my area) 4 Sardines









KING OSCAR: IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL WITH SPICY CRACKED PEPPER



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NUTRITION:
 Calories 230
Fat Calories 170
Fat, total 19g
Saturated 3.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 12G
Cholesterol 55mg
Sodium 270mg
Carbohydrate, total 1g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 15%
Iron 8%





PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Bristling Sardines, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Whole and cracked peppercorns (red, white, green, black). Salt, Black Pepper Oil

PRICE:

OVERALL:
A strong pepper aroma upon opening. The flavor of the fish attempts to come out on the first bite, it is quickly knocked down with a burst of pepper  KO, is not stingy with the pepper; a very nice heat to this tin, pepper really overpowers the fish, while just eating them from the tin; these would be killer in a dish of sorts. No fishy taste or after, just the lingering heat and taste of pepper. as much as I like this tin, I don't see it making it; it's too spicy for the average sardine eater. ( Based on comments and e-mails I receive on spicy sardines) When these become more readily available in the market, locale, I will stockpile these guys. I give these guys 5 sardines.















KING OSCAR: IN OLIVE OIL SKINLESS & BONELESS



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NUTRITION:
 Calories 210
Fat Calories 130
Fat, total 15g
Saturated 3g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 8g
Monounsaturated 4g
Cholesterol 13mg
Sodium 260mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10%
Iron 10%





PRODUCT OF: 
MOROCCO

INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, Olive Oil, Salt

PRICE:

OVERALL:
A faint oil aroma upon opening. Four and a half very tightly packed fish to the tin. Almost a sweet taste on the first bite; a dry fish; no fishy taste or after. A firm-textured fish. Oil does not overpower the fish. I would eat again. (not alone) 4 1/2 sardines.









KING OSCAR: IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL WITH HOT JALAPENO PEPPERS





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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 180
Fat Calories 130
Fat, total 15g
Saturated 3.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 9g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 330mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 15%
Iron 6%





PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Bristling Sardines, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sliced Jalapeno Pepper, Salt, Chili Paprika flavor

PRICE:

OVERALL:
A very faint pepper aroma upon opening. Three pepper slices to the tin. Fourteen fish to the tin. A soft textured fish, but not to the mushy point; holds its shape well. A nice even heat, no fishy taste or after taste. This would have to be my favorite king Oscar tin, to date. A nice lingering heat. I will eat again; I will be stocking up on these before they disappear. 5 sardines.












KING OSCAR: IN GOURMET CHIPOTLE SAUCE





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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 167
Fat Calories 110
Fat, total 12g
Saturated 3.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 4.5g
Monounsaturated 4g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate, total 2g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20%
Iron 12%





PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Brisling sardines, tomato sauce with chipotle paprika (water, tomato paste, chipotle paste [water, sugar, tomato paste, Salt, caramel color, vinegar, garlic, onion, hydrogenated palm oil, modified corn starch, chipotle flavor (paprika extract, artificial smoke, and salsa flavors]), citric acid (to control acidity), disodium ribonucleotide (to enhance flavor), coriander, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, sulfur dioxide (preservative), soybean oil, Salt, white pepper, ascorbic acid (to promote color retention).


PRICE: 1.00

OVERALL:
Tomato aroma hits you upon opening. The sauce is very dark in color. Medium-sized fish. All still possessed their tails. The sauce is a little on the sweet side, a small hint of heat is present. 11 to tin, a hint of smoke flavor creeps up on you. Not too bad of a tin. I'll give them 4 sardines.






KING OSCAR: MEDITERRANEAN STYLE



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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 150
Fat Calories 100
Fat, total 10g
Saturated 2.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 5g
Cholesterol 110mg
Sodium 320mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20%
Iron 4%


PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Brisling sardines, olive oil, black olives, sunflower oil, spices, garlic powder, red bell pepper, Salt.



PRICE: 2.59


OVERALL:
Pleasant aroma, fish a tad on the soft side, a medium-sized fish. All, still possessed their tails, spices are very prominent, yet they don't overpower the fish.. Disappointed the bell pepper was so finely chopped. I must admit, this tin grew on me as I ate it. I'll give them 4 1/2




KING OSCAR: IN DIJON MUSTARD




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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 160
Fat Calories 100
Fat, total 11g
Saturated 4g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 5g
Cholesterol 125mg
Sodium 710mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20%
Iron 6%




PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Brisling sardines, water, vinegar, soybean oil, mustard powder, sugar, turmeric, Salt, modified food starch, xanthan gum, black pepper

PRICE: 2.22

OVERALL:
Appearance is very off-putting. After digging around the mustard to find a sardine, there really is not much flavor at all, actually a bland-tasting fish, with the mustard. About ten to eleven sardines to a tin, hard to tell actually, fish crumbled as I stirred around the thick mustard in search of fish. All appeared to possess their tails. Would not eat again. One sardine







KING OSCAR: IN OLIVE OIL (Two Layer)



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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 150
Fat calories 100
Fat, total 11g
Saturated 2.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 5g
Cholesterol 120mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20%
Iron 5%





PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland

INGREDIENTS:
Brisling Sardines, Olive oil, Salt


PRICE: 2.98


OVERALL:
Attractive aroma and appearance, 20 to a tin. Lovely amber hue to the oil. No fishy after taste, nor taste. A pretty cut and dry flavor, there one minute is gone the next. Fish a little on the soft side, but not to the point of being mushy. Can't detect any spiney bones in them. They all possess their tails (all but two). Not a bad tin of fish. I give these guys 5 sardines
















KING OSCAR: IN OLIVE OIL (Cross Pack)




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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 150
Fat Calories 100
Fat, total 11g
Saturated 2.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 5g
Cholesterol 120mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g


PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland

INGREDIENTS:
Brisling sardines, olive oil, Salt



PRICE:2.59


OVERALL:
Very appealing in aroma and appearance. 24 to a tin, semi-soft fish, nice little fish. All contain their tails, a mild-tasting fish. No apparent strong aftertaste, has a very good texture, I'd eat again. 5 sardines.






KING OSCAR: IN SOYBEAN OIL


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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 150
Fat Calories 100
Fat, total 11g
Saturated 2.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 5g
Cholesterol 120mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g



PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland


INGREDIENTS:
Brisling sardines, soybean oil, Salt.

PRICE: 2.95

OVERALL:
A nice aroma upon opening, no fishy aroma at all. 14 to a tin. A mild-tasting fish, they all possess their tails. Fish are not firm; they do have a good texture. No strong after taste, decent little tin of fish. I'll give these guys 4 1/2. Would eat again.






KING OSCAR: IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TWO LAYER



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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 150
Fat calories 100
Fat, total 11g
Saturated 2.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 5g
Cholesterol 120mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g

PRODUCT OF:Norway
Packed in Poland



INGREDIENTS:
Brisling sardines, Extra Virgin olive oil, Salt.


PRICE: $3.00


OVERALL:
No odor upon opening, very damn good-looking tin of sardines. The first bite is a little off-putting. The extra virgin Olive oil, it has and adds a green, almost bitter taste. Sort of a bad citrus flavor, no fishy taste, no after taste. Fish a little on the soft side; all still possessed their tails. I'm a little disappointed in these fish. Truly can't judge a tin by its opened cover. 3 sardines. (Revisit: 12/04/2014, the oil was not as green, a faint bitterness is detected.  "Olive oil is much like wine, good and bad years". Fish had a better texture, a slight oil after taste, not overpowering. I'll give these guys 4 1/2 sardines this round. ) I have been aging a case of these sardines for three years now, flipping them occasionally. They are extremely delicious, no bitterness or green taste. Aged sardines are the way to go if you are patient enough. The French are big on aging sardines like a fine wine; it does matter.


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NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 150
Fat calories 100
Fat, total 11g
Saturated 2.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 2.5g
Monounsaturated 5g
Cholesterol 120mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate, total 0g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 14g

PRODUCT OF:
Morocco



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PRICE:


OVERALL:
Spice and oil aroma hits you on opening. A meaty fish, yet not on the dry side. Oil posses a faint heat, no strong flavors or after. A good textured fish that holds its shape well. A clean-tasting fish. A subtle lingering heat after taste. Would eat again. 5 Sardines.









KING OSCAR: IN TOMATO







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NUTRITION:
 Calories 190
Fat calories 120
Fat, total 14g
Saturated 3.5g
Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 4g
Monounsaturated 7g
Cholesterol 60g
Sodium 400
Carbohydrate, total2g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 15g

PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland



INGREDIENTS:
Sardines, tomato sauce, water, tomato paste, soybean oil, Salt)



PRICE:


OVERALL:
A faint tomato aroma upon opening. A thick sauce, mild tomato sauce, does not overpower the fish. A firm fish holds its shape well. No fishy taste or after. Sauce flavor fades away, leaving no aftertaste. Would eat again. 4 1/2 sardines.














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PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland



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OVERALL:
(A test sample tin. It May never come to be, King Oscar was under Bumble Bee when these came out)
A nice faint lemon aroma upon opening. Delicate fish, yet held their shape while removing from tin. Subtle lemon flavor creeps up on you. No overpowering lemon flavor or after taste. A clean-tasting fish. Would eat again. 5 Sardines.










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PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland



INGREDIENTS:
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PRICE:
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OVERALL:
(A test sample tin. It May never come to be, King Oscar was under Bumble Bee when these came out)
A vinegar aroma rushes you when opening then disperses as quickly as it appears. Capers add a nice balance to and with the fish. Vinegar ad a dryness to the fish, a craving for a beer is strong with this tin. A firm-textured fish, no fishy taste, or after, Woulseelove to see these on the shelf, maybe with apple vinegar. Would eat again. 5 sardines.






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PRODUCT OF Norway
Packed in Poland



INGREDIENTS:NUTRITION:
Energy: Calories 150 
Fat Calories 100 
Fat, total 11g 
Saturated 2.5g 
Trans 0g 
Polyunsaturated 2.5g 
Monounsaturated 5g 
Cholesterol 120mg 
Sodium 340mg 
Carbohydrate, total 0g 
Fiber 0g 
Sugars 0g 
Protein 14g 


PRODUCT OF: Norway
Packed in Poland 

INGREDIENTS:
Brisling sardines, olive oil, Salt



PRICE:2.59


OVERALL:
Very appealing in aroma and appearance. 24 to a tin, semi-soft fish, nice little fish. All contain their tails, a mild-tasting fish. No strong apparent after taste, has a very good texture, I'd eat again. 5 sardines


17 comments:

  1. Why does the same product appear twice on this list; and with two different conclusions?

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    1. Not sure which product you mean. One is in olive oil and one is in extra virgin olive oil. The extra virgin was a bitter tasting tin of fish. They really need to have been aged before eating. The two tins that are almost alike are the ones in olive oil two layer-crosspack. Their conclusions match.

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  2. RE the double layer in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    I was more than a bit disappointed as I thought E.V.O.O. would be a good thing along with the beautifully packed small brislings. As much as I really wanted to like them I couldn't get past a bitter taste. Wonder if the bean counters at Bumble Bee found a cheap source of oil.

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  3. Regarding the Black Pepper and JalapeƱo sardines, they are the best sardines I have ever eaten---they are to die for!

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  4. The Black Pepper and Jalapeno King Oscar's are the best sardines that I have ever eaten!

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  5. No Spanish style? I bought it & looked on the site before I eat it lol . i love to read your reviews.
    Is there a way to view your data by "star'dines"? Like all 0 sardines or 5s? That would be cool. I could possibly put them in Excel for you to edit if u dont already have it as database format

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    1. I've been unable to locate the Spanish style in my area as of yet. thanks. No, there's no scale viewing system at this time.

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  6. The date listed for the Tapatios is (WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011). I thought they just came out. Is it a typo or did the relaunch them?

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  7. (WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011) is the date which I first published the King Oscar post. I add to the post as new or test tins comes out.

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  8. I just tried the King Oscar Sardines in Tapatio Hot Sauce. Very high quality fish...firm enough to hold together while being removed from the can and placed on a cracker. Good flavor. My only complaint...or perhaps "warning" is to people who have digestive issues like IBD or heartburn. These can be a lot hotter than your average "hot sauce" sardine. I've only had two cans, but noted a difference in heat between the two (quality control). Again these are great sardines, but may not be appropriate for those with sensitive digestive systems. Despite that, I'd still rate "4-1/2 Sardines."

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  9. Finally had my first tin, and went with the King Oscar Mediterranean Style tin. It was the "spiciest" small tin Giant had to offer. I wanted to go with Nuri as my first tin, but I couldn't find one.

    The flavor was reminiscent of canned tuna. The fish held together well, and had their tails attached (I pulled the tails off before eating). No organs or roe, and I didn't detect any bones. I appreciated the slices of olives, though they didn't have much flavor. The fish paired well with saltines, which absorbed some of the oil (a good thing). I only got one comment on the smell, so it must not be that stinky.

    Overall, I'd recommend this attainable tin for first-timers. I'll be going back to it for lunches in the future, as it's easy to find and more interesting than tuna.

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  10. King Oscar Sardines are the best...i wish they would not have stopped making King Oscar Sardines in Tapatio Hot Sauce.

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  11. Recently saw the EVOO and lemon and gave them a try based on your review. They are real tasty with the perfect amount of lemon. Promptly added some to the sardine stockpile. Thanks for all you do Drew.

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    1. That's great to hear! I need to locate a tin of those, I've not had any in the lemon oil, since the test tin. Keep popping those tins!

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  12. I was pleasantly surprised to find these for sale at Walmart online! To my taste, these are the absolute best of the best. The ultimate sardines!!!!!

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  13. Tiny Tots are available at Walmart online. Orders over $30 ship free, so you have no excuse!!!!!

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