The Wiltshire Chilli Farm – Smoked Chipotle Chilli Sauce

by David Kelly on January 11, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm - Smoked Chipotle Sauce

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm - Smoked Chipotle Sauce

Having recently got my sense of taste & smell back after a prolonged bout of the common cold I’ve been looking forward to getting back to tasting chilli products. So I thought I’d resume reviewing services by trying The Wiltshire Chilli Farm’s ‘Smoked Chipotle chilli sauce’.

Chipotle chillies (pronounced chi-poht-lay, a derivative from Aztec word ‘chilpoktli’ meaning “smoked chilli pepper”) are smoke dried Jalapeños and they are used primarily in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines, where they impart their distinctive smoky flavour.

This chipotle sauce from The Wiltshire Chill Farm based near Melksham in Wiltshire is made from their own home-grown Jalapeño chillies, which are smoked for around 20 hours to produce their Chipotles. The glossy labelling on the bottle is distinctive and eye catching with an image of some Chipotles chillies on the front and a “I can handle some heat!” slogan on the front.

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Onion, Red Wine Vinegar, Sugar, Molasses, Smoked Garlic (1%), Smoked Chilli (1%) and “Various Spices”.

Bottle Kindly provided by The Wiltshire Chilli Farm

The sauce is a rich carnelian red colour and upon opening the bottle & inhaling I get the rich aroma of the tomatoes with an underlying smoky tang and hints of the red wine vinegar. The sauce pours fairly easily onto a spoon and has a similar appearance to an Italian ‘passata di pomodoro’ sauce. There is still some texture to the sauce however and I can see some chilli seeds, pieces of garlic and flecks of pepper contained within it.

Tasting the sauce, I immediately get a big initial hit from the tomatoes, slightly sweetened by the sugar and molasses. As this hint of sweetness recedes I can then begin to taste the vinegar & garlic, whilst continuing to have that rich tomato kick. Then the warmth & flavour of the chipotles comes through and envelopes my mouth. It’s a pleasant chilli kick which intensifies as I try more of the sauce, but it’s not overpowering. I’m left with a moderate warmth in my mouth but still able to perceive a sweet & smoky tomato aftertaste.

One of the suggested uses for this sauce is as a ketchup and given how well the ingredients are combined together I can wholeheartedly agree with this. It’s a great tasting sauce that’s bursting with a rich tomato flavour that would be a perfect replacement for any bog standard boring ketchup. I also think this sauce would also be a great addition or enhancer to an Italian ragù sauce for pasta or even in a salsa, given its intense tomato flavour and moderate chilli kick.

The sauce available from The Wiltshire Chilli Farm‘s website at £3.75 for a 140ml bottle and is a worthy condiment to have stocked in your pantry.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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