This was inspired by the other sardines thread that is active right now, but I feel like it's a separate topic.
What types of sardine do you generally buy? I mean everything from the brand name (Especially brand names to avoid!) to oil vs. water, to the variety of fish, to other permutations like smoked or tomato sauce.
I'm generally a fan of sardines, but I never paid too much attention to what type of sardine I was eating. Recently I've started purchasing them occasionally from the supermarket, and I've ended up with some I really didn't like. I don't recall what was on the label of that tin but the sardines were greasy and kind of soft--they fell apart a bit when you tried to get them out of the can, and the skin just didn't have the same sort of firmness and integrity I've seen on other sardines. They weren't decomposing or anything but it was just unappetizing.
Some I liked better were really fat (only 3 or 4 in a can), dark blue colored, and had a smoky flavor. And they were firm little fishies!
I have NO idea what to buy next time I go to the store and I'm afraid of accidentally buying yucky sardines again.