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We received an order that had this gift message for the recipients:
“I hope you enjoy the salmon as much as I did. Coming back from my holidays we had a layover in Ireland and I hand carried a package back to Afghanistan. Being from Alaska I am pretty picky with salmon but I think this is one of the best I have ever had. Or maybe enjoying eating the salmon in Afghanistan made it taste even better.”
T. Templeton, USA
It arrived right on time and was as delicious as ever for dinner last night. What a lovely business you run. Thanks!”
W. Freehling, USA
What kind of Christmas present do you get for a husband who has everything?
Something for his taste buds I think. When we visited Ireland this past summer, John was ecstatic over the quality of salmon he enjoyed there; breakfast, lunch and dinner. So it was an easy decision for me to contact Burren Smokehouse and order the triple sampler of smoked salmon [Tricolour]. Christmas morning when I put the gift in his lap, he was like a little kid as he tore off the wrapping. That morning he draped pieces across his bagel and cream cheese and was transported! Now he’s tried the other two and has carefully frozen portions so he can enjoy his Irish memories, breakfast, lunch and dinner, for months to come. Thank you for producing and shipping this delicious treat. We’ll be ordering more, you may be sure!”
M. Moyer, USA
“I just wanted to let you know that my salmon arrived on the day I’d ordered it, perfectly packed, and that we are absolutely delighted with it. That delicate smoke is just the sort we like – far more subtle than some of the rather tarry Scottish ones – and my wife commented particularly on how good the texture was, with real firmness, unlike the flannelly texture of so much farmed smoked salmon. We’ll certainly be back with our smoked salmon orders in future, and thank you for helping to make our Christmas meals a real success.
With best wishes for the New Year – I hope 2013 is a really good one for you and the business.”
N. Montagu, UK
To follow up on my Christmas order, I just had the following message from my daughter in London:
‘Mom, Been meaning to tell you the smoked salmon is the best ever. It was huge and incredibly delicious!
Keep forgetting to let you know. We have demolished quite a lot already and I am now rationing it to make it last a bit longer.”
R. O’Dywer, Ireland
“Dear Karin and Team,
Thank you for the perfect delivery of your salmon yesterday! As my family and friends say, “yours is the only salmon we relish”. All is said… I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy successful New Year.”
L. Blech, France
“Congratulations – BEST smoke salmon I ever ate in the East Coast U.S style. Your product is excellent. The flavor of Northeast USA smoked salmon without the greasiness. (In California they have thick smoked steaks.) When I finish what I have, I am ordering more. If you keep a customer list, add me on.”
L. Van Eick, USA
“The salmon is delicious! We look forward to ordering from you again in the future! I eat salmon several meals a day when we’re in Ireland. Having ordered this from you and having it here at home is just a wee bit like being in Ireland if I close my eyes!”
J. Johnson, USA
I just wanted to let you know that the salmon we served this weekend was fabulous! We received so many compliments from our guests. I made a fantastic dill sauce that I found online. Just today I received a Facebook post from my girlfriend, ‘Kate, I had a party with just me and the salmon, best ever .’ Thanks again,
K. Ryan, USA”
In January 2012, we received this lovely card from France. It reads:
I just wanted to let you know that the salmon was properly delivered this morning.
Everything is OK now and all my colleagues, friends and family were astounded by the quality of the fish They are all very happy and we will probably renew our membership of the “Salmon Buyer’s Club” before next Christmas!
All the best for you and all the team!”
V. Devaux, France
F. Ryan, Ireland
Moin, moin aus B.,
Weihnachten mit irischem Lachs gehört nun fast auch schon zur Tradition in meiner grossen bunten Weltfamilie. Mein 18jähriger Vetter aus Frankreich erklärt ‘Neulingen’ inzwischen ‘c’est toute la différence!’
Einen guten Rutsch für alle.”
R. Dietzold, Germany
[Answer with regards to our products being now available at Dean and Deluca's, USA]:
“Congratulations on breaking into that market. I have sent your product to family and friends in the States for many years. They really love it!! One family feels that their Christmas celebration isn’t complete until ‘the Irish salmon’ arrives!! So, I am sure you will do very well.”
P. Nelson, Ireland
R. Lynch, USA
“Hi Karin, just to let you know the salmon arrived with “the childs fever” so I chilled and have just now tasted it and O My God, I can taste the river !!!!!!! I have taken what we will eat for dinner tonight and frozen the rest (no taste for the neighbours on this lot !!!). The brown bread is baking in the oven as I type, I decided to wait until I see the whites of their eyes before I made the bread So until next time, go raibh mhaith agat agus slan leat anois.
A day later, we got this message: [...] and of course the taste of the river was in a VERY GOOD WAY, we thoroughly enjoyed last night, definitely well worth the extra euros for such a delicious treat.”
T. Kinsella, USA
“Just wanted to let you know that we were in your shop in May of this year.
We bought some smoked salmon and LOVED it! Thought it would be ideal
Christmas gifts! Thank you for your wonderful products!”
K. Stephenson, USA
“The salmon from the Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna is by far the nicest smoked salmon I have tasted. I have travelled extensively across Europe over the years, and nowhere have I tasted salmon to match it – not even in traditional ‘salmon’ countries like Sweden. The texture is perfect, and the taste is smooth. There is no way ‘chemical’ aftertaste (which is common on some smoked fish) and all-in-all it brings a delightfully soft, sophisticated taste to your pallet. Really good stuff.”
“By the way – I sent my brother the special from last month for his 60th birthday. Best gift ever – he said. Thanks.”
E. O’Leary, USA
Thank you so much for taking care of my order – My Dad was absolutely thrilled with the products, and my Mum said they were packed up all very nice so looked lovely when they arrived.
I remember last time I ordered they’d commented how nice every was so it is good to know your standards are still very high for products and customer service. It really is a relief to have such trust in a company being as I’m so far away (near Atlanta, Georgia USA) and to know you respect that sending a gift means much more than just ensuring it is delivered.
Really appreciate it,
All the best,”
H. Thompson, USA
We found a very positive blog about our hot smoked salmon on CheapEats.ie. Scroll down to the comments and reactions – we are thrilled!
“We just had some of your wonderful salmon Saturday night. Our guests loved it! We always enjoy sharing this special Irish treat withour special friends. We love the salmon and always try to have some shipped home when we’re there. Our friends love us for it!”
N. McCarthy, USA
“Dear Burren Smokehouse Team,
Just a word to inform and thank you for your punctual shipment. Your salmon has just arrived and is as beautiful as ever. My family and friends look forward to tasting it – even before the festive days… Congratulations again.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy successful New Year!”
L. Blech, France
“MANY THANKS FOR YOUR PROMPT REPLY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR SHIPMENT WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION. NEVER HAVE WE TASTED SMOKED SALMON LIKE YOUR’S.
YOUR SALMON IS SO GOOD IT’S AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE.”
B. Merill, USA
“Wir haben schnellst möglich mit unseren Verwandten und Bekannten Kontakt aufgenommen um zu erfahren, ob sie auch dieses Jahr wieder Interesse an Euren sowohl „einzigartigen“ als auch „sensationellen“ Produkten (Zitate der Verwandten/Bekannten) haben. Und ich darf hinzufügen: Das Interesse ist grösser den je…
Eigentlich müsste man der Ordnung halber noch ergänzend hinzufügen: Das Vokabular für Geschmack und Qualität Eurer Produkte müsste erst noch geschaffen werden. Jawohl!”
(transl.: “We contacted our relatives and friends as soon as we could to see if they’d be interested again in ordering your “unique” and “sensational” products (quote). And I may add: the interest is bigger than ever… I should really add: The vocabulary to describe the taste and quality of your products would have to be invented yet. Yes!”)
T. Kaufmann, Liechtenstein
Everyone here adores your smoked salmon!! I should open a Burren Smokehouse Annex Shop!!
All the best!”
C. Darigan, USA
“Bonjour à tous, bravo pour votre distinction de l’exportateur de poissons de l’année 2009, récompense bien méritée – nous nous joignons à tous vos autres clients pour vous féliciter de la qualité de votre saumon fumé qui a fait le regal de toute notre famille et qui depuis 3 ans l’apprécie toujours autant. Encore merci – sincères salutations et bonne annee 2010!”
M. & M. Cazergue, France
“Bonjour, nous avons reçu le saumon à la date prévue. Je tiens à vous remercier encore pour votre prestation,tout s’est déroulé parfaitement. Je vous souhaite de bonnes fêtes ainsi qu’une bonne année 2010 pour vous ainsi qu’à tout le personnel de BURREN SMOKEHOUSE.”
JL Lavergne, France
“Thank you so much for all the time and effort you took to get our order to our daughter for her birthday. The package arrived at her office Thursday morning. Jennifer was so excited and can’t wait to eat it. We appreciate all you did for us.
God bless you!”
K. Lynn, United Kingdom
my friends brought back to the USA some of your hot-smoked, honey-lemon-dill, salmon. They then mailed it to me for my birthday.
I love salmon, and yours is as good as it gets.
I bought a couple of bagels and some chive cream cheese, and shared it with my neighbor. So good I had to contact you, and thank you for such high quality.”
M. Mendelson, USA
“Thank you very much for the excellent service. The package has already arrived this afternoon… which is fantastic, as it was a surprise for my husband on our 7 year wedding anniversary.
We actually visited the Burren Smokehouse in 1998 and were impressed ever since. I’ve ordered some salmon for my husband every once in a while and will continue doing so. The only thing one lacks living in Spain is the homemade brown bread to go with it…
Thanks again and you’ll hear from us soon!! You guys deserve all the positive feedbacks in the world.”
V. Klein, Spain
“We celebrated our birthday party last Saturday with a huge plate of salmon from Lisdoonvarna (Burren Smokehouse). Our guests were utterly impressed by the Burren Combo that you have sent to us.
Thank you very much for making our birthday a very special day!”
D. Dil, Netherlands
The following is an exchange of emails between two colleagues in New England, USA, and the Burren Smokehouse:
C. Haskell to L. Spencer: “I ate a good chunk out of that slab for lunch. DEEEELICIOUS!”
L. Spencer to C. Haskell: “I told you it would spoil you for all other smoked salmon. It’s the best in the world as far as I’m concerned. Eating that whole side of salmon doesn’t seem nearly as overwhelming now that you’ve tasted it, does it? Welcome to the Salmon Club!!!”
C. Haskell to L. Spencer: “I had to stop myself from eating the entire thing!!! : -D”
L. Spencer to Burren Smokehouse: “Hi Karin, Just a quick note to inform you that the salmon arrived this morning as expected, and, as always, in perfect condition. I thought I would pass on the unsolicited comments I received from the newest member of our little Salmon Club here in Maine. Can’t wait to get into my package tonight! Thanks to all at the Burren Smokehouse for always taking good care of our salmon needs.”
Burren Smokehouse to L. Spencer: “Thanks so much for the lovely email exchange! It is absolutely flattering to receive these comments from people living in an area that is famous for its fish products. Keep those comments coming!! – I will try and put it up on the website, if that’s ok with you. Bon appetit and all the best to all members of your salmon club!”
L. Spencer to Burren Smokehouse: “If you can find a way to make this postable (is that a word?), you have Christen’s and my blessing to do so! She was tickled pink when I asked her if it would be okay with her.
My side of salmon was an early gift for me and my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary (any excuse for salmon!), and we had a fantastic dinner last night. Hot-smoked salmon served at cool room temperature with a dollop of sour cream-dill sauce, homemade Irish brown bread, and fresh fiddleheads. (I don’t know if you have fiddleheads in Ireland. They are a particular variety of fern that is picked just as it is emerging from the soil and is still curled up. The season for them is only a few weeks in the spring. We had them steamed with butter and a splash of orange-champagne vinegar. Heaven!) We both declared it to be the best meal we had ever eaten — such simple, but exquisite, ingredients!
P.S. I snagged a new member for our salmon club this morning. I knew I had her on the hook already, so I reeled her in with a taste of my salmon. I hated to part with it, but love recruiting new members!”
L. Spencer, USA
“Sehr geehrte Frau Funke,
ich moechte mich fuer den super Service bedanken. Die Lieferung wurde, als Geburtstagsgruss bei meinen Eltern, puenktlich am Wunschdatum zugestellt. Dank dem “UPS Quantum View” wurde ich automatisch ueber die Zustellung der Sendung informiert.
Mit freundlichen Gruessen”
U. Zagora, Germany
“Merci, et c’est toujours un plaisir de commander vos délicieux produits, qui plus est, me ramènent quelques années en arrière lorsque j’ai visité cette magnifique région qu’est le Burren. (Le reste de l’Irlande aussi d’ailleurs!). Merci de votre expédition, meilleures salutations.”
R. Charrière, Italy
“Karin, Thank you for sending the St Patrick’s Day Hamper with the changes
requested. My son and his wife were delighted with it. He asked me to tell
you how much they enjoyed all the goodies, especially the salmon. They had a
party on the day and served the salmon. It was enjoyed by all and much
commented on. Many thanks!”
D. McCormack, Ireland
“It was absolutely fantastic! We had 24 for dinner – the perfect starter. Everyone commented on what fab salmon it is. We will be over in Clare at Easter so will pick up some more.
Really delicious! Thanks.”
K. Cole, USA
I’m writing to tell you that the salmon for Christmas was amazing and that everyone was delighted. I was a bit worried that the delivery would be late, but everything went just fine, as you had told me.”
C. Vadot, France
“Thank you again for the fabulous products you are sending this way. I’m looking forward to tasting your delicious treats. We will be place another order to try some of the other foods you offer.”
D. Rehmel, USA
“Dear Karin and Team,
Just a word to inform you that my order has been delivered in due time early this afternoon. Your salmon arrived in a very “cool” condition (due to its freshness and… weather) and looks superb, as usual. We all look forward to tasting it. May I take the opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year.
Warmest congratulations on your fine salmon and best regards!”
L. Blech, France
“I just wanted to let you know the salmon arrive perfectly and it is fantastic. Many Thanks – I will be using you again.”
R. Andrews, USA
“Thank you for supplying my Christmas order to my friends in the UK which was of your usual high standard and enjoyed.”
R. Farrell, Wicklow, Ireland
“Der Lachs ist pünktlich angekommen. Alles in bester Ordnung. Vielen Dank.
Die Kollegen sind wieder einmal begeistert.”
J. Knust, Deutschland
Ce petit mail juste pour vous confirmer que nous avons bien été livré aujourd’hui. Le livreur d’UPS nous a contacté à l’avance pour nous prévenir de la livraison. Donc, il ne nous reste plus qu’à déguster le saumon à Noël !!!!!!
Encore Merci et Félicitations pour le sérieux de votre société,
Bonne Fêtes de Fin d’Année, Cordialement”
F. Deland’huy, France
“Whilst usually being in Australia, I had ordered the salmon as house gifts both for a friend with whom we were staying, as well as my son who is in Ireland. Thus I had the chance to sample both. Both were delicious but the thicker cut award winning salmon (Salmon of Knowledge) was especially good.
Please keep me informed of any offers and new products!”
H. Le Page, Australia
“This is just to say thank you for the quick delivery in absolut perfect condition, and also the best salmon, money can buy. – Ich bin sehr beeindruckt von Ihrem Produkt und Service insgesamt, ich war bis vor kurzem beruflich in Irland, und habe bis jetzt in keiner Weise vergleichbares gefunden.”
R. Goessler, Austria
“Madame, nous avons bien reçu le saumon hier et l’avons déjà goûté, il est excellent. Nous en recommanderons!”
C. Fournival, France
“Thanks a lot, I’m very happy to be one of the winners, and I will spend a very good meal because your salmon is excellent!”
J. Braud, France
Letter from Università degli Studidi Scienze Gastronomiche, Pollenzo/Italy:
“Firstly, we would like to thank you wholeheartedly for the outstanding welcome with which you greeted the students from the degree course in Gastronomic Sciences and their tutor during their stage.
This degree course aspires to be modern and innovative, and we believe that as such our University must incorporate a dynamic learning concept which brings together focused research projects and concrete experiences in the field.
The experiences which our students gain during these unique seminars, as a direct result of your support and assistance, represent a fundamental element of their personal and academic education.
We would like to convey our sincerest gratitude for your contribution in making this experience a big success and look forward to future occasions of co-operation.
Yours sincerely – Tutor office on behalf of Carlo Catani”
“Kurze Rückmeldung: Lachs termingerecht in bester Verfassung angekommen, anschliessend gleich zu grössten Teilen verspeist und sehr genossen. Sie bieten wirklich ausserordentlich gute Qualität zu einem fairen Preis.”
C.-H. Daub, Germany
“Je viens de recevoir ma commande et je tiens à vous remercier et à vous féliciter pour le soin et la rapidité de la livraison; c’est vraiment parfait! Aussi je vous passerai d’autres commandes.
Mme Garnier, France
“Dear Burren Smokehouse!
Pair of spectacles in good condition received! Many thanks! (…) Salmon very good!”
R. Sterflinger, Germany (we sent his left-behind glasses to his home address)
“Hello to the Burren Smokehouse -
A quick note of thanks for the shipment of salmon. It arrived on the doorstep in terrific shape in time for my husband’s birthday. My 4 year old insisted on “breakfast for dinner” so that he could have a bagel, cream cheese and pieces of salmon!
We found you on a trip in 2001 when we toured a bit following a wedding on the Dingle Peninsula. We stopped in to taste and you were playing a CD from a favorite musician we had followed in college – Luka Bloom. Ironically he was playing in town that night – so we not only got fabulous salmon but a terrific musical experience. Thank you for those memories. Our best to you – ”
B. Hogan Cole, USA
“I just want you to know what an extraordinary performance UPS delivered in getting our package to us. There was apparently a mechanical problem with the airplane in Cologne, Germany, followed by adverse weather conditions, and it was substantially delayed in leaving Germany. You can follow the history of the package by clicking on the tracking information that appears below and then clicking on “view package progress.” When you see all the delays that took place, you will be amazed to learn that the package arrived as scheduled on Thursday, July 3, even though I had received notification that delivery was going to be delayed until Monday, July 7 (due to the Friday holiday and the weekend). When I got that notification, I was in a panic. I am certain the fish would have spoiled if delivery had been held up for that long. I am happy to report that everything arrived in perfect condition. I really don’t know how UPS managed to pull this off, but there were some very happy (and relieved) people here in Maine when that package arrived! (I have been ordering salmon from you at Christmas for years, and suspect the odds would be much better in the winter if something like this should occur. In the summer, though, this could have been a disaster!) Just wanted you to know that you have chosen a good carrier to deliver your products. I remain impressed and amazed at how they were able to get this package to us as originally scheduled.
(…) I only wish I had extolled the quality of your delicious salmon a bit more when I wrote (about the extraordinary performance by UPS)! We have been spoiled for any other salmon over the many years we have been ordering from the Burren Smokehouse (since 1995 when my husband and I first happened upon your facility in Lisdoonvarna on our first trip to Ireland). I’ve also converted a number of people at my office as well as members of my family into Burren Smokehouse salmon lovers. We’re like a little Burren Smokehouse cult here in Maine!”
L. Spencer, USA
“Thanks for taking so much trouble, I will certainly recommend Burren Smokehouse to friends! Hope you have a great St Patrick’s break.”
S. Hemmens, Ireland
“Thank-you so much for handling this order with so little notice. I only just learnt that Mother’s day falls so early this year. In the States it does not occur until May 11th. I’m used to it being earlier in N. Ireland but not that much earlier. Without your help I could not have got anything to my mother in time for Sunday.
This is one of several times that your company has helped me out, thank-you so much for your excellent service and needless to say the products themselves, once received, are wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed by my family.I am so happy that I discovered your website a few years ago when looking for some smoked salmon to send to my brother. I will continue to order in the future and will recommend you to anyone I come across who has family back in Ireland, UK or mainland Europe. Of course I will also make sure that my American friends know about your products and service as well.
Many, Many Thanks.”
And a few days later, we received this email:
“My mother received the package this morning and opened it whilst I was on the phone with her. I could hear her delight with each product she discovered. Thank-you again for helping me to show her how much I love her and miss her. I would be honored if you used my email on your references page.”
H. Markey, USA
“Ich bedanke mich für die pünktliche Lieferung der bestellten Sendung Räucherlachs. Habe nur positive Meinungen von meinen Bekannten zu hören bekommen und werde Sie weiter empfehlen.”
H. Horneberg, Germany
“Happy New Year to you and to all Burrensmokehouse people!!! I hope you had a very nice Christmas rest.
All our Customers and us we greatly enjoyed the high quality of your products, as usually.”
M. Cordarini, Italy
“Merci beaucoup de votre surprise malgré votre gros travail. Votre saumon est bien arrivé et déja réparti dans les familles qui se sont jointes à moi. Et nous aurons plaisir à goûter à nouveau vos bons produits.”
B. Havet, France
“Nous avons bien reçu toute la commande aujourd’hui. Thanks a lot, and see you next year for a new order of your salmon. Nous en avons dégusté ce soir et il est toujours ausii bon.
Joyeuses fêtes et Bonne Année 2008.”
Th. Willmes and A.-M. Dub, France
“Thank you for your punctual shipment! The salmon arrived today as scheduled. Congratulations on your quality and efficiency.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a successful New Year.”
L. Blech, France
“Have a very nice holiday and let the folks there know that this just might be the best smoked fish on the planet. – We were there in June of 2006. We bought smoked salmon and cheese at the smokehouse and had it for a picnic lunch on the breakwater in Ballyvaughan. It was lovely. My teenage son still remembers it.”
E. Hickey, USA
“Well done on such a brilliant service and the gifts are ideal for my family and friends. When I have sent the faxes and I can sit back and forget about Christmas is’nt that just brilliant! Thanks again.”
R. McManus, Lanzarote
“I look forward to the salmon, all my friends agree that you cannot find better salmon than yours. Every year in december I invite them to a salmon dinner and it is always great. Thank you so much!”
R. Watgen, Luxemburg
“We were fortunate to visit the Burren Smokehouse a few years ago. Never have we tasted salmon so wonderful! Our son, who was with us at the time, is finally coming home for a visit from the U.S. Naval Academy. After living on military food for 9 months, the only food he requested was Burren Smokehouse salmon! We are all looking forward to it.”
M. B. Evans, USA
A few days later, we got this email from Mary Beth:
“I spoke with my son last night and informed him that the salmon had been ordered. He was so happy. The order should arrive today before he does from the Naval Academy. He was concerned that his father would enjoy too much of it before his arrival and instructed me (very emphatically I might add) to “KEEP DAD OUT OF IT!”. He is bringing another midshipman home with him who is anxious to try the salmon for the first time. We will have two happy midshipmen! I probably should have doubled my order!
We did so enjoy our trip to Ireland, and our visit to the Burren Smokehouse was a highlight. I am certain that I will order again in the future—and hope to return to Ireland and the Burren again soon.”
M. B. Evans, USA
“The Burren smoked Salmon has a lovely flavour and an extremely consistent quality. If all the produce that I am working with had the same constancy, my work would be made much easier.
Their service is absolutly perfect”
Proprietor and Head Chef
Black Oak Restaurant
Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland
“Voilà quatre ans que je suis venu goûter le saumon chez vous lors de mes vacances en Irlande, et depuis je vous en commande. Encore une fois mon colis est arrivé chez moi le jour prévu de livraison. C’est agréable de pouvoir apprécier le serieux de votre entreprise et de plus votre saumon est vraiment formidablement bon. Ne changer rien.
C’est un vrai plaisir de faire des achats chez vous. Et en plus, j’ai toujours eu droit a un très bon accueil de votre part. Je garde un très bon souvenir de mes vacances 2002 dans votre pays, d’ailleurs tout en vous écrivant je suis en train d’écouter “Planxty”. Et encore un grand merçi pour votre site en français, cela nous facilite la tache pour commander.”
J. Bouliteau, France
“The salmon was a big success at my St. Paddy’s Day get together. All my guests were raving about the wonderful flavor.”
J. Austin, USA
“Vielen Dank für guten und schnellen Service und vor allem für beste Qualität, die ich seit Jahren von Ihnen erhalte.”
A. Weiss, Germany
“Danke für die letzte Lieferung. 16 Franzosen meinten, sie hätten noch nie einen soo guten Lachs gegessen – das will