French'sThis classic drew raves for its vibrant flavor and color. "Perfect for a dog" was the consensus among testers, who also agreed that it had just the right amount of tang, a crucial characteristic in this category. Boasting a nice, sharp taste, it was "stronger and more flavorful than the others" but still managed a "smooth finish."
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Best Honey Mustard
InglehofferThis sweetened spread was the tasters' darling, scoring well above the others in its category and earning more enthusiastic comments than the competitors in all other categories. One tester said it had "a great consistency," with "the perfect balance of sweet and spicy." Others agreed that the honey didn't compromise the texture, as it seemed to elsewhere. This one was "smooth, not gooey" and "perfect for honey-mustard lovers who don't want to lose the mustard."
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Best Dijon Mustard
Grey PouponThough testers were chugging ice water by the gallon during this portion of the program, they could easily distinguish the best from the rest. Grey Poupon came out on top. It had the right level of heat―"not totally sinus clearing"―with a "crisp and clean" taste that didn't get lost in all that spiciness.
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Best Deli/Brown Mustard
Hickory FarmsMost of our testers agreed that this mustard had the best texture―moderately grainy―in its category. One said the taste had "the complexities of mustard seed, subtle earthy tones with heat." Others liked the spiciness: "It had a good forward kick that mellowed with a bit of sweetness."