Marty Reviews Bims Kitchen Smokin’ Red Hot Sauce

by Marty Greenwell on May 10, 2012 · 1 comment

in Product Reviews

Bims Kitchen Smokin' Red Hot Sauce

Bims Kitchen Smokin' Red Hot Sauce

Up for review today is a product from Bim’s Kitchen, the African inspired sauce maker. It’s always refreshing to try stuff from Bim’s Kitchen as they tend to be a little different and taste superb. This is one of the hotter of their sauces and is named Smokin’ Red Hot Sauce.

Ingredients: Hibiscus Water, Chillies (Smoked Scotch Bonnet, Birdseye Chillies, Cayenne, Bhut Jolokia), Smoked Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Onion, Lemon Juice, Tomato Puree, Tamari gluten-free soy sauce (Soybeans, Water, Salt and Spirit Vinegar), White Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Alligator Pepper, Salt, Ground Ginger, Cubeb, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley and Cinnamon.

When there are such numerous ingredients in a product, it’s sometimes worrying that there’ll be too many different flavours going on that it’s just too complex for the taste buds to process properly. Past experience of Bim’s products and the nice shiny Great Taste Gold 2011 award is enough to allay those fears however. The unusual Alligator Pepper, also known as the hepper pepper, is a North African spice, related to black cardamom.

Staring through the glass of the bottle I can see a reddish brown concoction, with what look like bits of pepper corn (perhaps from the Cubeb, also known as the Java Pepper). There are also some slithers of chilli and a few seeds; although overall the sauce is well pureed in to medium consistency.

Once the bottle is opened the smell that emanates is rich, deep and smoky – there’s a lot going on here – it smells quite sweet on the nose. When poured on to the spoon, I can spot lots of different particles; it’s quite bitty, but thankfully not gritty – there’s a little bit of roughness in the mouth, but it’s an enjoyable experience. The taste is quite different from the aroma; there’s the initial hint of the smokiness, but that’s soon overpowered by a slight bitterness and the heat of the chillies. The burn is good, kicking in quite quickly and lingers on the tongue mostly – it’s certainly the hottest of the Bim’s products I’ve tried, but it doesn’t punch you in the chest when you swallow it.

This is another excellent product from Bim’s Kitchen, a sauce with a very unusual after taste, quite unlike anything I’ve sampled before and this is in a good way. Even after a number of spoons full it’s difficult to pinpoint just what’s going on here, but it’s a pleasant taste journey nonetheless.

The Smokin’ Red Hot Sauce comes in a slightly smaller bottle than usual (100ml as opposed to the 140ml often seen) but priced at £4.00 it worth a purchase just for experiencing the flavours. Well recommended.


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