Minerva Sardines in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Portuguese sardines in organic EVOO. The purist’s purest sardine.

120g tin

Pictured on marble rye with chive cream cheese with red onion jam.

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Ingredients: Sardines (70.8%), extra virgin organic olive oil (28%), and salt.


  1. Jim R (verified owner)

    Premium ‘Dines

    Fish: Moderate-firm filet, more soft than hard. Similar to Nuri in mouthfeel, slightly chewy, slightly dry.
    Oil: Organic olive oil seems high quality but very clean, very taste neutral. I was surprised by the subtle flavor and fragrance on the oil as I tend to look for more floral notes. If you like a very clean finish to your bite, you’re in good shape. If you prefer a bold oil with lots of complexity or added flavors, you might be less than thrilled.
    My take: At almost double the cost of even Nuri, I have to say I was slightly underwhelmed. It’s a lovely sardine with great presentation, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. Were money no object, I’d probably buy it again. But frankly there are sardines I like significantly more at way, way less price point pain, so there’s just no reason for me to choose this. (Mina Sardines, my everyday choice, are currently about $30 for a 12-pack, and I think both the fish and the oil beat this Minerva tin which costs four times more. Just one man’s opinion, of course.) That said, this Minerva tin is a high quality, premium sardine choice that will please most everyone if you choose to go “top shelf.”

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