Hot Face Sauces Scorpion Scorcher

Hot Face Sauces Scorpion ScortcherCheck out this one from Hot Face Sauces. Their Scorpion Scorcher hot sauce certainly has a kick to it. Made with 21% Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chillies and 16% Scotch Bonnets it has a nice solid burn that lingers for a good while, but on top of this is a lovely sweet tomato flavour that makes it taste delicious.

It won’t melt your face off completely (I have had hotter Naga based sauces), but this one encapsulates flavour and burn and is well worth checking out.

Heat 8/10
Flavour 8/10
Overall 8/10

Grab it from Hot Face Sauces’s website for the bargain price of £3.99 http://hotfacesauces.co.uk/product/scorpion-scorcher/

Pimento’s Chilli Ginger Ale Review

Review by Marty Greenwell – bottles supplied by Mash PR

I’ve always been a fan of Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale if you prefer, especially the fiery variety. The bite from the ginger, that refreshing wake you up taste makes other drinks truly soft. So what happens if you take it to the next level and put chilli in it? Well you get Pimento’s Chilli Ginger Ale all the way from France.

Pimento Chilli Ginger Ale

Pimento Chilli Ginger Ale

Things certainly look good from the outside – the clear glass bottle gives a good view of the contents inside, a fairly pale unintimidating liquid that indeed looks a little bit ginger in colour and a touch cloudy. The label is golden with black Jalapeno type chilli image on the front, with all the usual nutrient information in English and French but there are no outrageous claims about being the hottest soft drink in the world.

Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, acidifier: citric acid, natural flavours, sweeteners: Acesulfame K, Sucralose, colour: caramel E150d.

It’s the taste and smells that are important though, so with a pop of the lid and a reassuring fizz from the bottle, it’s time to dive in. On the nose there is a sweet but strong ginger aroma and it’s a smell that’s very invitingly requesting you taste it straight away. Savour it for just that little bit longer and breath in that spicy note.

The first sip reveals that it isn’t as sweet tasting as the smell suggests but it is a sharp ginger taste that washes nice linger over the tongue. The flavour lingers around for a while with a very slight chilli burn but it is on the mild side. In no way could it be described as overpowering. Over a couple more mouthfuls there is hint more of a chilli burn on the back of the throat, a nice hint of chilli enveloped by the ginger.

Pimento’s Ginger Ale is tasty and refreshing and I could happily sup a couple of these down on a warm summer evening; the 250mls in each bottle will soon slip down. It’s a non-alcoholic drink, so can work as a mixer too if that’s you thing, though I’d use it with a liquor with no strong flavour of its own so that you can enjoy the taste of the ginger ale. Recommended and well worth a try.

For availability and pricing, take a look at Pimento’s website.

Flavour 9/10
Heat 2/10
Overall 8/10

Bravo Original Hot Sauce Review

Review by Marty Greenwell – bottle purchased from Hot Headz

A short while back I got hold of a few Brazillian chilli products produced by Sakura Nakaya Alimentos Ltda. These hot sauces come under the brand Bravo and the one under review here is the Original.

The sauces come in an attractive cardboard box hiding within which is a 60ml bottle. When you see it you’d be forgiven for think it’s a mislabelled Tabasco Sauce. Although the shape of its bottle is different, the size, label design and colour of the liquid inside definitely isn’t a million miles away from that familiar brand.

However, Bravo Original isn’t made with the Tabasco chilli as its main components other than vinegar is the Jalapeno and Malagueta chilli. Most folks are familiar with the Jalapeno, but the Malagueta isn’t a pod found in many, if any, sauces created in the UK. It sits in the Capsicum frutescens family, has a heat rating of 60-100,000 Scoville units and looks remarkably like, you’ve guessed it, the Tabasco chilli only hotter (indeed they are of the same grouping along with the Piri Piri).

The bottle opening is quite tiny allowing only a few drops to fall out at a time – good for accurate pourage, not so helpful when you’re trying to get a spoonful out for tasting.

Ingredients: Vinegar, Jalapeno & Malagueta chiles, water, salt, xanthan gumBravo Original

The smell on the nose is quite piquant, there’s nothing overpowering or really pungent or off putting. When the sauce hits the tongue the flavours are quite peppery and a little bitter and would partner eggs very well. Surprisingly given the high content of vinegar it’s not that noticeable. The heat is on the tame side but certainly a little hotter than the typical tabasco,

You’ll struggle to find this sauce in the UK unless you visit Hot Headz website. At £2.49 it isn’t a bank breaker but the bottle is pretty small, less than half than is usual so it terms of volume it’s quite pricy. The size of the bottle may make it a good emergency sauce for the man/handbag perhaps. Hot Headz also carry a number of other sauces and pickled pods in the Bravo range and you can find them right here.

It’s a sauce that’s worth a look for the collection, but in terms of taste and heat, seasoned hot sauce consumers are unlikely to be moved; there’s nothing really that stand out about Bravo Original. This is a sauce in the mass manufacture league rather than the artisans of the UK.

Flavour 6/10
Heat 3/10
Packaging 6/10
Value 5/10
Overall 6/10

South Devon Chilli Farm Chilli Jam Review

Review by James Fowkes – Jar kindly supplied by South Devon Chilli Farm

South Devon Chilli Farm’s story has been well documented in the media over the last few years, including features by BBC Gardeners World, BBC Radio 4, BBC News 24, BBC Spotlight News, Westcountry TV News, Saturday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Amateur Gardener Magazine, Devon Life, The Daily Express, Western Morning News and BBC Good Food Magazine to name just a few. The company and farm are also a favourite of TV chef Jamie Oliver too.

The team at the farm have been growing chillies on an increasingly large scale since 2003. Now over ten thousand chilli plants each year are grown and they harvest tonnes of fresh chillies. Most of their chillies grown go straight into their own range of chilli sauces, preserves and chilli chocolate.

I have also been fortunate to visit the farm and the onsite farm shop and café too. I would highly recommend a stop here if you are passing through. Unfortunately I was out of season on my visit so there was not much to see but I did leave with a full bag of chilli goodies from the shop. The café also offers great views out across the farm while enjoying a meal and sampling your new sauces.

Every product sold in their range proudly displays the simple yet very cool logo of the South Devon Chilli Farm. This Chilli Jam is no exception with a basic white labelsouth devon chilli jam covering half the jar allowing you to easily see the sticky goodness and occasional chilli seen inside.

Ingredients: Red Peppers (40%), red onions, Lemon Puree, Fresh Chilli (1%)

The Chilli Jam I have to review has won a couple of awards and is South Devon Chilli Farms best seller. I have tried many different home made chilli jams and a few jams at various festival tasting sessions, but I have not really had a whole jar to myself before. This Jam is prepared with 40g of fruit per 100g so I’m expecting a decent true pepper taste rather than synthetic flavouring of some store bought versions. Opening the jar smell that greets your senses is a little like an onion chutney with a hint of red pepper. The consistency in the jar and on my spoon is also a little more chutney than solid jelly based jam I am use to from other store bought jams.

Priced at £3.57 for each 227g jar or six jars for £19.00, the naturally luminous red jam spreads effortlessly across my morning bagel. It’s lovely to see lots of little chilli seeds have made it onto the portion I have just spread too. Thankfully there aren’t hundreds of seeds in the jar to catch your teeth on rather just enough to add character and flavour.

This Jam tastes wonderful, I would go so far as to say one of the best basic jams I have ever tasted, very addictive to the point of consuming almost half a jar while writing this review!  Coming to the name ‘chilli jam,’ this jam is made of peppers and yes it does contain chilli however if you after something to pimp up the heat of your breakfast this isn’t the product for you. You can feel and taste a hint of chilli in the background that adds to the wonderful overall package. Also if you concentrate hard there is a pleasant lingering heat sensation after you have tried some too. But with only 1% chilli what did you expect right?

I can see why this Jam has won taste awards, though calling it chilli jam may be correct it may be considered a little cheeky by some. I wouldn’t stop at the obvious addition to breakfast though and try using this jam with cheese, eggs, fish, cold meat and chicken too.

For more information and other products from South Devon Chilli Farm, why not take a visit of their website?

Flavour 9/10
Heat 1/10
Packaging 6/10
Value 8/10
Overall 8/10

Fat Man Chilli’s Scorchio Review

Review by The Shepsters – Bottle kindly supplied by Fat Man Chilli.

Hertfordshire based Fat Man Chilli is a small company that makes its products using their own home-grown chillies, selling their range online and at a variety of farmers markets and independent outlets.

The collection includes jellies, salsa and ketchup as well as sauces, providing a little something for everyone in variety of products and heat ranging from mild to hot. The item we have for review at this time is their “Scorchio” scotch bonnet based sauce.

The sauce comes in a square, 100ml-sized bottle with labels identifying the product and its ingredients on the front and back, leaving plenty of the product inside visible. The labels appear home-made, and while that in itself isn’t a problem, the fact that the print easily rubs off the front label obscuring the white text is – especially for the producer as the consumer may not be able to read the small print of the web address if the details are obliterated.

Ingredients: Scotch bonnet peppers, mustard, onions, cider vinegar, water, salt, sugar, spices, lemon, tequila.

There is a lovely aroma to the sauce on opening the bottle; mustard and pepper, with a hint of sweetness in the background, and thankfully no harsh vinegar scent scorchioat all.

The sauce is a lovely mellow shade of orange, flecked with hints of red chilli and cracked black pepper. Texturally, the sauce is quite runny but not entirely liquid, having a little graininess from the seed, which would make it a little difficult to use as a condiment sauce without using a little dish to keep it from flooding the whole plate.

On tasting, there is an initial sweetness in the mouth which is swiftly countered by lemon juice and a definite bonnet / black pepper / mustard heat and flavour, though the sweetness did linger for a while afterwards. Sianne found it difficult to detect any hint of tequila, though John found the tequila added to the overall warmth of the sauce. What we like very much, however, is that there is no hint of vinegar harshness in the flavour notes at all.

The sauce does work as a condiment despite its lack of body, but really only with things that can cope with its underlying sweetness. Gammon and pineapple would be lovely with a touch of Scorchio to pep it up, it adds spice to a sausage or bacon sandwich very nicely, and would work very well as a marinade or finishing touch for baked chicken or white fish. We haven’t actually tried it, but feel that the sauce is less likely to pair as harmoniously with red meat simply because of that lingering background sweetness.

This is the hottest sauce in the Fatman Chilli range, which they describe as “Super hot but not without flavour … recommended for the experienced chilli aficionado who knows that they can take it!” Well… we’re not in the least super-hot, extract-based sauce users with ridiculous heat tolerance, but we would not really consider this to be a ‘super hot’ sauce. Yes, it would be hot to anyone who doesn’t use chilli regularly, but for the average chilli-head this would be no more challenging than any other mid- heat range product.

Overall, Scorchio is a fairly versatile every day sauce with decent flavour and a pleasant heat level that lingers for a few minutes after finishing the meal.

Scorchio is available direct from Fat Man Chilli priced at £3.50 for a 100ml bottle.

Flavour 7.5/10
Heat 6/10
Packaging 6/10
Value 7/10
Overall 7/10

Safari Sauces Muti Hot Sauce Review

Review by Marty Greenwell. Bottle kindly supplied by Safari Sauces.

Safari Sauces have been around for quite a while but only recently have they started selling their sauces online. Previously these have only been obtainable whilst they were catering at food and music festivals – with countless requests to make them available to purchase, Safari Sauces have finally got things together. I’mSafariSauces-Muti pleased that they have.

Muti comes is a very generously sized bottle of 250ml. This is almost double what I’d expect from an artisan product and something that usually starts the alarm bells ringing. It’s time to relax though as in this case those fears are unfounded. The labelling is dwarfed by the enormity of the bottle, but features a very nice photograph of a few giraffes talking a wonder through the plains at sunset. Lovely. Due to this mammoth glass it’s possible to get a great view of what the sauce is like before opening it – it’s a rich dark orange with plenty of fleshy bits and black speckles littered throughout the contents.

Ingredients: Onion, Red Chilli, Water, White Vinegar, Sunflower Oil, Soy Sauce, Birds Eye Chilli, Safari Spices, Lemon, Tomato Puree, Salt, Xanthium Gum.

The sauce pours freely from the bottle despite it being quick thick and chunky in texture – bits of red and green chillies can clearly be seen in the mix and although there are seeds present, there are relatively few of them. Due to the thickness of Muti it is particularly ideal as a dipping sauce for chips and tortillas. The first thing that strikes the mouth on the initial taste is a tangy sweetness. It takes a little while for the heat from the Birds Eye chillies to hit while the sweetness dies away, but when it does it gives a fabulous medium to slightly hot burn across the tongue. It peaks quickly and lingers there for a good few minutes before tailoring off. I’m not often a fan of Birds Eye chilli as I find they can be quite bitter – I much prefer the tang of a Scotch Bonnet or Habanero, however, in this case there’s nothing bitter about it.

In all this is an awesome sauce and one I’ve been using on just about everything; bacon sarnies, beans on toast, eggs, venison, chips, as a dip – well, all except the zebra and springbok Safari Sauces suggests it’s tried with as they didn’t have any at Tesco. It has that moreish flavour and uncanny ability to work with all sorts of different foods – so much so that the review bottle is all but empty. It doesn’t overpower but at the same time isn’t so timid that you can’t taste the different flavours or feel the heat.

This one comes highly recommended and I will definitely be giving the other sauces in Safari’s range a go – buy it from here.

Flavour 9/10
Heat 6.5/10
Packaging 7/10
Value 8/10
Overall 9/10

The cycle of life

Finite.

This is a word that shouldn’t be hidden away. Unfortunately with our limited mortality eventually everything has to have an end.

The Universe is a remarkable thing though and with every death comes the recycle of life and that is what we are experiencing with The Chilli Fiends, a site that we hope will be able to continue to bring you similar chilli content. Sadly the Chile Foundry is no more, however, the brave heat warriors of old have been prepared to start anew – we are prepared to continue and fly the flag. We will continue to endure the burn where others have feared to tread.

The crew are just as eager as ever to bring you the most honest reviews that we can and to build once again to a position where we are the definitive resource for all things related to all things hot.

All of us here thank Chris at Chile Foundry for his hard work and his support of Chilli Fiends – I hope that you’ll also support us in this difficult transition.

Marty