A little bite of Danish butter for a hungry, international market.
We were very excited to find Danish butter in Dubai - to date, the only Danish butter we've had the pleasure to experience! You can find our review for its salted counterpart here but naturally, we thought we'd finally get around to releasing our unsalted review... two years later.
Better late than never, eh?
Emborg started out as a frozen foods supplier back in 1947 and soon expanded to the Middle East and eventually Asia. It is a big-time global player with well maintained supply chains that kept pace, even during the pandemic. In keeping with its origins, we purchased both Emborg butters frozen, so as to taste them as God and Emborg originally intended!
Emborg Unsalted Butter Appreciation
Butter Break Down
Appreciation Date: November 7, 2020
Country of Origin: Denmark
Point of Procurement: Kibson's
Purchase State: Frozen
Milk: Cow, pasteurised
Salt Content: None
Milk Fat Content: 82%
Ingredients: Cream, lactic culture
Packaging Type: Foil
Company Website: https://www.emborg.com
In which we discuss Emborg's Unsalted butter.
Upon opening, a nice, light yellow butter awaited us. Impressively solid even at room
temperature, Emborg's Unsalted butter was substantial and stiff and remained opaque and matte throughout. This is a solid butter and took some effort to almost slice and spread!
If you're looking for butter that doesn't go sloppy at room temperature or a non-temperature-controlled butter dish, this is the butter for you!
Emborg's packaging is effective, allowing for the butter to remain fresh and unadulterated by oxygen but, sadly, foil wrappers often leave a slightly chemical whiff to the butter which is the case here.
On the nose, the aroma of this one is very faint. Normally with cultured butter or butter with lactic ferments added to it, the aroma of the butter is stronger, tangier and sometimes almost cheesy. This, however, is very delicate with only a suggestion of fermentation and therefore couldn't quite overpower the smell of the packaging.
The taste is quite unusual for a cultured butter as well - it's so discrete on the tongue, you could have fooled us that this WASN'T a sweet cream butter! First come milky notes and then cream - here the texture of the butter really adds oomph as it gives good resistance and a nice substantial mouth feel. But in terms of taste, this is a very discrete butter. It's not buttery at all, more rich and solid finishing to almost sweet notes on the palate. It lingers an acceptable amount- again, not too much but enough to make its presence known. More please.
This is an odd little butter. It has all the discretion of an Italian butter but is much more substantial and has a good amount of resistance in the mouth. Despite being technically fermented, it's not overly buttery or tangy or cheesy - instead it's a sweet cream butter with some physical and taste 'oomph'. It's a nice butter for people who want some indulgence without having too much 'butter' around. Plays well with others.
Colour: Light, solid, opaque yellow
Aroma: Practically none with notes of packaging
Taste: Cream finishing to almost sweet.
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