Yankee Soda & Candy have again come up trumps supplying me with yet another innovation from Reese's. These Reese's Select Clusters included 'peanuts, pecans, peanut butter and caramel, wrapped in milk chocolate' ... this all sounded pretty good to me!
Each cluster weighed 15.0g and was about half the size of a standard Reese's cup. Each came individually wrapped in nice looking, orange coloured themed Reese's packaging. I was somewhat disappointed that they lacked an inner paper sheath like included with the standard cups, the Clusters I sampled had leaked some of their caramel inside the wrapper ... what a waste eh!? Each cluster had a nice nutty smell upon opening; they were by no means the strongest smelling Reese's product, but they still smelt good nonetheless.
I ate each Cluster in two bites. Unsurprisingly the strongest element to the taste was the creamy peanut butter, which as you can see in the cross-section above was most heavily portioned. The creamy nutty flavours of the peanut butter contrasted perfectly with the sweet notes of the chewy caramel. It was this contrast of salty, sweet notes that dominated the overall taste. Don't get me wrong this was highly enjoyable, but also slightly disappointing as the flavours of the pecans, peanuts and quelle surprise the chocolate were all but absent. The nut pieces did add a minor crunchiness to the texture but even that was subtle. I ate three of these pieces in one sitting - it was reasonably satisfying, however I feel I could have easily eaten a few more.
Overall I thought these were a reasonably tasty product, though could have been delivered far better than they were. The added promise of the pecan and peanut pieces had me prepared for something a little different, but in reality I got something only a little varied from the standard Reese's Peanut Butter cups. The balance of the peanut butter and caramel elements was superior to that of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Caramel, and provided a very enjoyable contrast of sweet of sweet and salty flavours. If the Pecan and peanut pieces were amplified in their presence ... and of course the milk chocolate sorted out, then Reese's could be on to a winner. For the moment, a fair but really not to amazing addition to the range.
7.9 out of 10