The Chilli Company – Extra Hot Smoky Chipotle Sauce

by Thelurch on April 24, 2012 · 1 comment

in Product Reviews

Denise and Adrian from The Chilli Company have created a great product here, made directly from their own Chillies grown on their Chilli farm in Suffolk. This is one of those sauces which had me expecting one thing and delivered a completely different experience.

The Chilli Company – Extra Hot Smoky Chipotle Sauce

The Chilli Company – Extra Hot Smoky Chipotle Sauce

When I receive a sauce for review, I follow the same ritual, I see the name, open, smell then pour a little in the palm, taste and then try to guess ingredients before looking on the label.

So it was no different here, I was fully expecting it to be the usual ketchup taste with extra zing but maybe I should learn the old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover!

From the first look there is plenty of sauce on view through the bottle and it’s a rich brown colour which is complimented by a lighter brown label with the main text in what I can only describe as a Wild West font! This bottle would not look out of place on the bar in a Saloon in Texas.

Upon opening the bottle I am greeted with a strong sweet smoky aroma with just the slightest hint of vinegar which makes me quite keen to taste as it gets my taste buds going straight away. It pours nice and slowly but quick enough to stop me getting frustrated waiting for it to come out, and has a semi smooth consistency.

And so how does it taste? Well definitely smoky and sweet come through first, the sweetness is created by sugar, honey and treacle, all of which work. Then the heat kicks in from the Habaneros but never to overpower the other flavours present. There’s garlic there too, and a slight onion crunch.

Ingredients: Tomato, Sugar, White Wine Vinegar, Treacle, Honey, Habanero Chilli 4%, Chipotle Chilli 1%, Garlic, Paprika, Salt.

Bottle kindly supplied by The Chilli Company

This really is a BBQ sauce by all but name, I’m not sure why it hasn’t been called a BBQ sauce, not that it matters really. As the bottle suggests it would be great on meats as a marinade especially a rack of ribs.

My only criticism, and it’s a tiny one, is that it is called “Extra Hot” but in my opinion extra hot would suggest a much hotter product especially these days with the explosion of sauces on the market. But I appreciate that heat levels are subjective person to person, I just wouldn’t call this extra hot.

So for £2.99 you get 280g of sweet smoky goodness and I thoroughly recommend you pay these guys a visit.


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