July 2011

Hot-Headz is number 1 again this month, and we have swapped places with our friends at the Dartmoor Chilli Farm. New in at number 10 is Chilli Pepper Pete who has a very busy few months with the opening of their new shop in the North Lanes area of Brighton and the Fiery Foods Festival coming on the 17th & 18th of September, I suspect they will be moving up the top ten over the next few months.

Pos Site UK World Links
1 www.hot-headz.com
15,098
420,307
34
2 www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk
35,130
637,507
13
3 www.chilefoundry.co.uk
36,361
506,996
45
4 www.scorchio.co.uk
40,635
691,439
33
5 www.southdevonchillifarm.co.uk
62,234
1,066,145
45
6 www.chillisgalore.co.uk
70,512
340,096
61
7 www.chilliworld.com
96,609
796,084
85
8 www.chileseeds.co.uk
108,461
925,003
79
9 www.dryriverchillies.co.uk
114,351
1,836,131
7
10 www.chillipepperpete.com
121,557
3,877,531
29

This is based on data from Alexa (data recorded on 31/07/11)
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Scott Roberts Top 10 Hot Sauces

Scott Roberts Top 10 Hot Sauces

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by fellow hot sauce aficionado Scott Roberts to create a list of my top 10 favourite sauces, this was not an easy task, over the past few years I have tasted 100’s of sauces, many of which did not last long, lucky I reviewed most of them, so I could look at my tasting notes and see what was exceptional.

Scott asked that I did not try to rate them as a 1-10 listing, if he had it would have taken me weeks to decide, as it was I spent many hours adding product to the list and then changing my mind soon I had about 25 sauces in the list, then I had to select the 10…. well I am sorry if I left out some excellent sauces, but reducing 100’s to just 10 is nearly impossible, but here is my list.

If you would like to see what others said was their top 10, you can read the full article on Scotts web site www.scottrobertsweb.com

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The Dormen Food Company started life in 1985 as a specialist roasted snacks company supplying Hotels across Europe Including such notables as  The Ritz, The Dorchester, Claridges and The Sheraton, In 1996 they started supplying the retail market targeting fine wine merchants like  Berry, Bros & Rudd, Fortnum & Mason and Paxford & Whitfield. Now you can find them in your local supermarket, this packet came from Tesco’s.

The Dormen Chilli & Lime Cashew

The Dormen Chilli & Lime Cashew

When you look at roasted nut products, especially at the quality end of the market, you are looking for an even coating of the flavour, with few if any broken nuts, and all of an even size. Well on all these counts this packet scores very well, the beautifully done with each nut being coated, there are very few small pieces of broken nut, and in fact most of the nuts have not even split in two.

Ingredients: Cashews (86%), Vegetable Oil, Chilli & Lime Seasoning (Salt, Sugar, Latose, Chilli Powder, Onion Powder, Malt Vinegar Powder, Preservative: Citric Acid, Ground Spice, Garlic Powder, Yeast Extract Powder, Natural Flavourings, Colour: Paprika, Lemon Powder, Spice Extracts.

The flavour on these cashews is delicious, unlike many of the extreme nuts we have seen of late, these are not going to set you mouth on fire, but with such a high quality cashew, you don’t want to hide their natural flavour. The flavouring is awesome, it provides a  good balance of heat and chilli flavour with some of the lime tang coming through, while you still know these are some classy cashews.

At £1.69 for a 90g pack cashews are never cheap, but these are a seriously high quality product and make a great snack with a nice cold beer.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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Mr Vikki's - Chipotle Sauce

Mr Vikki's - Chipotle Sauce

From the misty mountains of the Lake District, Mr Vikki concocts his devilish sauces of delight and today I was able to try his most flavoursome Chipotle Sauce. Mr Vikki is renowned for making great tasting sauce, so the pre-opening wasn’t without a trickle of excited anticipation.

Cracking the security and finally removing the top delivered the reward of a smoky BBQ aroma, not subtle but not overpowering – enough to get the taste-buds bubbling for the flavours and heat about to be experienced. Looking at the sauce, which was quite thick to pour, it did seem to contain quite a lot of seeds (something that can be off-putting), but the inviting odours are just too much to resist.

Ingredients: Chipotle Chilli 50%, Tomatoes, Sugar, Spices, Salt, Pepper.

Sauce provided by Mr Vikki at www.mrvikkis.co.uk

The initial taste is mouth-watering; so very sweet with an overriding hickory BBQ tang and lingering tomatoes to savour. The heat comes in in an underlying way, enough to know it’s a chilli sauce but not so much to put off those who don’t appreciate the throat decimating super-sauces. Indeed, Mr Vikki’s Chipotle Sauce is a superb ketchup replacement, easily usable as an everyday sauce on baked-beans, burgers and bangers. With 150ml for the princely sum of £3.50 it’s rip-roaringly good value.

Mr Vikki’s Chipotle is a supremely delectable sauce that any fan of the Chipotle BBQ style will enjoy. It’s not a hot one and there is a fairly high seed content, but it has a taste to die for and comes heartily recommended. In fact, I think I’ll have another spoonful now.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(5/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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