In this review I have a bottle of The Chillees Indian Fire kindly provided to me for tasting

The Chillees Indian FireI have had the pleasure of reviewing a few of the other sauces produced by The Chillees. Orangatongue Tingler is one sauce you have to have in your collection! Revisit my review from 2014 for the Chile Foundary here

The Chillees are a husband and wife team creating award winning products including spicy chilli sauces and preserves from their home grown chillies, fruit and vegetables. Their current range is ever growing and for them “It’s all about the flavour as well as the heat. No Extracts used here” so this is a real invite to foodie chilli heads like me.

Ingredients: Mango, onion, vinegar, sugar, orange juice, lime juice, jamacian jerk chilli (5%), Fire chilli (2%) water, mustard seeds, mustard, salt and Indian spice mixes.

The label I think is very professionally done, their trademark string of chillies down the side and the hot sauce name in logo style on the front. Noticeably on this bottle you will find a shiny blue and bronze sticker with ‘taste of the west bronze’ award showing you already that this sauce must be worth picking up. Behind the label is a dark mango coloured thick looking sauce inviting you in too. The Chillees rate this sauces heat level as a four out of five on the label of the bottle so I’m eager to dive in and see what combination of power and taste they have pulled together this time. I am especially pleased to see that the Chillees have been creative and not just gone for the usual (although always tasty) scotch bonnet or habanero used in the main stream of sauces.

The aroma on opening the bottle is sweet and citrus like to my senses although this sauce is names Indian fire one of the initial thoughts running through my mind is that of a Chinese curry smell, though this is doing the sauce a disservice. Many of my favourite sauces from the past that have disappeared from market used mango so I’m a real fan of this ingredient, I believe it is an excellent fruity base to a hot sauce. It is quite hard to describe the taste of this sauce, it hits so many parts of your mouth, there is a lot going on. First hit I love it then I think again is this too much flavour, but then the chilli hits and you forget the initial complexity until you are left with a long slow gentle heat leaving you wanting more. Though not listed as an ingredient there tastes like a hint of cumin in the background to me too whether present or not. The mustard and mustard seeds overlay another dynamic of heat too. Not too much but the different style of heat provided really ads to the depth of the sauce. This in my opinion is another winner in their range

The Chilees website suggested using this sauce as a marinade and, best with red meat; Beef, Water Buffalo, Bison and Venison. Also a fan of not just sticking to the basic supermarket foods I’m pleased to see different types of meat listed and I would agree I can see the sauce complementing these perfectly. With its depth of flavour this sauce would also be great to add some extra heat to your curries, stews, casseroles and hotpots too.

Finally, as I have mentioned in a past review, with the clever spelling of the work chilli as part of their company name I fear there is a chance their good work may get lost in the internet search world. It took a couple of attempts to find their homepage originally but after the first taste of one of their sauces I never forgot. I hope this review has helped you find them

Check them out at http://www.thechillees.co.uk/ or on Twitter @thechillees

A Standard 140ml bottle of any of their sauces will set you back around £3.50 so there’s no excuse not to check them out.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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Below are the results of the UK entries into the World Hot Sauce, BBQ and Extreme Food Awards for 2015, the event is a USA organised competition with most entries from the USA as you would expect, but the UK did well with one first place, three second places and two third places.

Hot Sauce Division

Ultra Hot (Added Capcasium Extract Ingredient)

2nd Place – Grim Reaper Foods – EVIL ONE

Ultra Hot

3rd Place – The Unusual Chutney Company – Fiendfyre Hot Sauce

Medium

2nd Place – Chilli Drops – Miss Smokey Naha
3rd Place – The Happy Chilli Company – Vesuvius

Indian Style

1st Place – Mr Vikki’s – King Naga

Jam/Jelly Division

Specialty

2nd Place – Galloway Chillies – Chilli Burns

Congratulations to our winners (at least our list includes links to the winners?)

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It’s got chilli in the ingredients which means lets review it! Mmmh we can’t say we eat crickets often however we bought these from a company called ‘Crunchy Critters‘ which sells all sorts of creepy crawlies that are edible.

So lets see if we get the bug and like these.

Ingredients: Crickets 88% and hot chilli marinade 12%.

World’s Hottest Crickets Made & available by Crunchy Critters
20g resealable foil bag priced at £5.98 (Price correct at time of publishing)

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Today I am tasting and reviewing a bottle of Devils Brew Chilli Sauce kindly supplied by Adams Tasty Sauces

Adams Tasty Chilli Sauces Devils Brew Chilli Sauce_smAdams Tasty Chilli Sauces is a small family run business, first established in 2012. Their chilli plants are grown from seed and cultivated in the Dorset countryside. All their products are all manufactured by hand using the freshest locally grown ingredients, whenever possible, in their purpose built kitchen in Yeovil, Somerset.

Checking out their website you will see the quote “Chillies are used to enhance the flavour of food, so we make them so they are enjoyable! But we do have some really hot products if that’s how you like it.” I like this statement and approach, I have mentioned in the past chilli sauces are not just about heat, taste is very important too. But it’s good to know that when you need that endorphin hit from heat there are plenty of choices out there.

The Tasty Chilli Sauces website describes this sauce as a – Yellow, fiery hot devils brew with scotch bonnet chillies behind the heat of this lime based chilli sauce. A massive hot citrus blast from this all purpose sauce.

Ingredients: Yellow bell pepper, onion, white wine vinegar, limejuice chilli (9.8%) garlic.

First of all, the label, sometimes the part that can sell the sauce alone. This sauce has a nicely done design with a cool company logo that will draw anybody in for a look. But compared to other brands around there is little creativity to the label not doing the cool name any justice. This might put off some people who purchase ‘a chilli sauce by its cover’ lets hope the sauce inside can add a little more of a punch.

The sauce has a wonderful deep yellow colour and you can see hundreds of little pieces of the scotch bonnet chilli floating evenly distributed in the sauce which is great. Opening the bottle to breath in the sweet aroma of a fresh new sauce, my senses are greeted with mainly the smell of the white wine vinegar. I can’t pick up the lime in aroma, so hopefully it will come through in the taste test. The consistency is perfect for dipping, not too thick or watery.

Every chilli fan knows that you will always get great taste from a scotch bonnet chilli, this is why they are so popular in sauces. This sauce demonstrates this beautifully showing off what the scotch bonnet can do, there is even a nice texture as you can feel the tiny pieces of the chilli in your mouth. The simplicity of the ingredients allows your mouth to just enjoy the chilli’s natural flavour which is great. I am a fan of the taste of vinegar on food and in sauces so this was also pleasing to my palate. Maybe the chilli had numbed my senses slightly but I couldn’t pick up any hint of lime in this batch, perhaps it was helping balance the flavour in the background.

However, despite this being a tasty well made sauce with nothing wrong with it. For me this sauce seemed to lack some soul. It’s tasty, fruity and a decent level of heat you would expect. But although the simplicity allows the chilli to shine it does make this a rather basic and uninteresting overall flavour. This however depends on what you are after in your purchase and may suit what you want perfectly. Everybody likes beer and now you can get craft beer too. For me this sauce is like beer everyone should like it, perhaps I was hoping for a more complex craft beer taste but it certainly won’t stop me covering my food in it!

While writing this review I have also learnt that a modified version of the sauce has now been produced using habanero chillis rather than scotch bonnets so expect the same goodness with more punch!

One 100ml bottle of this yellow scotch bonnet goodness will set you back a mere £.3.50 but the generous people at Tasty Chilli don’t stop there are also offer you 3 bottles for £10.00 too. Tasty Chilli Sauces do attend the chilli festival circuit so look out for them at places like the Great Dorset Chilli Fest. If you can’t make it to a festival there are a few suppliers of their sauces listed on their website alongside a wide product list. So if you spot something you like you can email then direct to make an order. They will issue a PayPal invoice and ship you some chilli goodness.

Email: tastychillisauces@btinternet.com or tel/text: 07866 338717

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(5/10)

Look out for the new habanero version coming your way!

Packaging
(5/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(6/10)


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