2015 FailedMessiah.com Matzoh Rankings
Whole wheat machine matzoh:
This was almost a tie, but I gave the nod to Manischewitz because I thought its flavor was a tiny (and I mean tiny) bit better.
Regular machine matzoh:
2. Yehuda 2014 vintage (stale)
Yehuda was orders of magnitude better than the others. It was light, crisp and had far superior matzoh flavor. In fact, even an open box of last year’s Yehuda matzohs was better than the others.
Holyland came in third. It was slightly pasty and almost flavorless.
Osem was flavorless and a bit pasty.
Manischewitz was awful, perhaps the worst machine matzoh I’ve ever eaten. It was pasty, undercooked, over-thick and tasteless, just as if it had been made by a baker who had never actually eaten real matzoh.
(Streit’s was already sold out when I went to the store to buy matzoh. It’s my favorite American matzoh and it consistently ranks a close second to Yehuda (or ties with it). But it is isn’t ranked this year because it wasn’t available.)
Handmade shmurah matzoh:
A guest brought Ukrainian Chabad shmurah matzoh, which I liked because it was made in Ukraine, which needs all the support it can get now, but hated because of how it tasted – thick, hard and mostly tasteless. However, it was no worse than the Chabad Kfar Chabad shmurah matzoh I used to buy years ago, and about the same as most years’ output of Chabad shmurah matzoh from Crown Heights.