David Kelly reviews Project Spice – Smokin’ Bandit

by David Kelly on September 17, 2011 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Project Spice - Smokin' Bandit

Project Spice - Smokin' Bandit

Newly released from David Tidmarsh of Project Spice in Dawlish, Devon, is Smokin’ Bandit. This is the sixth sauce to be launched in Project Spice’s range since and is David’s take on the traditional chipotle sauce.

The sauce is a brown molasses in colour with a thick, virtually smooth consistency. The look & consistency of this sauce reminds me of another rather famous British brown sauce, but that’s where this comparison ends. This sauce releases a rich smokey aroma with undertones of garlic is instantly released upon opening the bottle. The garlic added to the sauce has also been smoked, so it enriches the depth of this smoky aroma rather than detracting from it.

When tasting the sauce there’s an initial hint of sweetness from the molasses followed by the rich flavour of black beans & the smoked garlic. Then the heat from the smoked Naga & Morita chillies kicks in (no extract is used). The depth of flavours in the sauce however allows them to continue to be tasted as the hot kick from the chillies builds up, leaving a good warmth in the mouth.

As with all of Dave’s sauces only 100% natural ingredients – NO artificial colours or flavourings

Ingredients: Black beans, Tomato, Onion, Smoked Garlic, Smoked Naga & Morita chillies, Red wine vinegar, Molasses, water, fresh Thyme & Oregano, Smoked paprika, salt

The combination of the black beans & garlic with the sweet edge given by the molasses works really here, and given the nature of this sauce it would work very well with BBQ meats.

At £3.95 for a 125ml bottle this sauce is definitely worth trying, though if you’re like me you may find the contents diminishing quicky as it’s very moreish!

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(7.5/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

Note: Our thanks to David Kelly for submitting this excellent review, we hope to have more from David over then next few months.

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