M&S Connoisseur Mince Pies

The Review

M&S Connoisseur Box

All butter shortcrust pastry deep filled with a rich fruity mincemeat with vine fruits, almonds, dried aprocots & Courvoisier® VS Cognac

‘Not my favourite; that may be due to the nuts and cognac which I am not keen on. Sometimes things just need to be kept simple!’ – Su

‘An excellent pie with flavoursome filling and delicious pastry. I was expecting my first 10/10 rating but my filling had slightly too much alcohol for me, this didn’t seem to be the case the minis and could have been a one off. These pies looked swollen with filling but the weight didn’t seem to match the appearance. This was because of the air pocket caused by the curved lid which also added to the crumbliness. Having said that, if the pie was full I think the mincemeat flavour would be too strong. I know they are following the current fashion for deep filled pies but personally I would prefer a flat lid and a pie which held together better. These pies do have one outstanding feature and I have awarded these my first Terrific rating for packaging which I think is suitable for a pie of such calibre.’ – Paul

‘Like second place in a beauty contest, the connoisseur is a tasty treat but not the finished article. It has a delicate subtle taste of alcohol, not overpowering like some other pies. COUGH (Walkers Glenfiddich) COUGH. A good size with a light pastry, this pie is up there with the best of them so far. Expensive but very enjoyable.’ – Adam

‘Faberge-style packaging screams exclusivity, which the pie lives up to. Firm, buttery pastry with evidence of port in the mincemeat. A firm, luxury pie that should please the most demanding of connoisseurs. But how do they pursue their passion and sharpen their skills once Christmas has passed?’ – Marco

‘Simple, but stylish, this is a fine looking mince pie, but does the flavour live up to expectations? So far the entire M&S mince pie range has scored very highly with the exception of their the atrocious Top Iced pies, so a lot was expected of the top of the range Connoisseur mince pies. For me however, they don’t quite live up the hype. That’s not to say they are bad, they’re not, these are very tasty pies but they don’t have that special Christmas magic I was hoping for. The pie has a little too much pastry meaning the first bites seem a little boring with no flavours standing out. After a few more bites the excellent mincemeat filling begins to come to the fore but it’s too little too late. For me, these pies don’t warrant the extra expense over the standard M&S range, both are just as good, so unless you want to impress your friends and families with premium pies look elsewhere.’ – Mince Pie Virgin

Key Facts

Weight Per Pie 24.6g
Calories Per Pie 210kcal
Price Per Pie
N/A
Country of Origin The UK

Our Rating

Taste: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Appearance: ★★★★★★★★¼☆ 

Packaging: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

What do you think? Rate this Pie!

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Rating: 8.9/10 (9 votes cast)
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3 Reviews

  1. Adam Roberts | December 10, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Holy moly! Just tried this years connoisseur and the three letter word WOW springs to mind. I didn’t think the pie could get much better but somehow it has. A tastier pastry and beautiful colour are new recruits to this now magnificent mince pie. Well done M&S you’ve upped your pie game.

  2. Paul | December 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Without question the best pie of the year so far. Beautiful pastry and slightly reduced alcohol, although the flavour of the cognac did increase as I made my way though the pie. These are expensive but worth every penny.

  3. Mince Pie Virgin | December 10, 2009 at 16:00 pm

    Boy do these smell good! The pastry colour is is rich, giving it a more home made appearance. My pie was very domed and biting into it could have been a messy affair hand I not been ready to control the crumbling. Paul told me it might be a little alcoholic for me, and I have to admit he was right. I like the odd drink now and again, but prefer it from a glass, bottle, puddle, not my mince pie. For this reason I can’t commend it as highly as the other two reviewers. If you like like a harsh kick of booze in your pie then this is for you, if you don’t, then join me for some M&S Lattice pies and a bottle of Vodka…

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