Chilli Pepper Pete – Piri Piri and Naga 12 Pod Chilli Oils

by Thelurch on December 7, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

There seems to be a growing interest in flavoured oils at the moment, if you visit the supermarket there are now whole sections dedicated to different oils in different flavours, walnut oil, garlic oil, basil oil and of course chilli oil, and here we have two chilli oils from Chilli Pepper Pete. If you are wondering what to make up that last stocking filler then one of these may be just the ticket.

First up I will deal with the milder of the two, the Piri Piri (better known as the Birds Eye chilli) The oil comes in a 250ml tall thin bottle and is a nice deep reddish orange, the chillis certainly have infused their goodness! There is a lot going on in this bottle, with whole dried Piri Piri pods and some other fatter pods, plus there is a good inch of chilli flakes sitting at the bottom. Give the bottle a good shake and the whole lot is mixed up rather nicely. The oil used is a mix of Olive and Vegetable oil. Ingredients wise its pretty simple – Oil and Chillis, simple!

Bottles kindly supplied by Chilli Pepper Pete’s

The bottles both have very similar labels featuring the usual Chilli Pepper Pete logo and the lime green background works really well with the red inside the bottle.

So how does it taste? I think it’s important to taste the oil on it’s own to get the full flavour without anything else altering the flavour so I have to resort to the chilli sauce reviewers best utensil for tasting, the palm of the hand.

The redness of the oil certainly extends past the glass and putting my hand to my mouth I immediately get a really nice nutty flavour from the oil, not what I was expecting to be honest as it is a mix of Olive oil and Vegetable oil. Immediately followed by a nice heat from the chillis.

Each batch of oil must vary heatwise due to the natural variance in heat of individual pods but also, with chilli oil which still has the pods in them, the longer the oil is left the more of the capsaicin oil is imparted into the host oil making it hotter. This Piri Piri has a decent heat, much hotter than anything you may have tried in the national pizza/italian chain restaurants and much better frankly.

So on to the Naga 12 pod oil, presumably named due to the fact there are 12 dried naga pods in each bottle. I know this is going to be much hotter than the Piri Piri but how much?….pouring a small amount into the palm of my hand, I go for it.

I am greeted by the same nutty flavour but after a few seconds I find the heat which I knew would come and it hits the back of my throat. This definately is not an oil for the faint hearted but obviously I took mine neat straight out of the bottle, either of these oils would make great salad dressings mixed with other ingredients of drizzled over pizzas, pastas etc.

The great thing about buying these Chilli oils with the pods and flakes still inside, is that once you have finished the oil or are getting near the bottom, you can just top the bottle up with more oil and make more.

Both oils are great and would make a great Christmas gift for someone.

One important thing to mention at this point is that if you decide to add more of your own pods to the oil or intend to make your own, please make sure you only use thoroughly dried pods as using fresh pods can open the door to all sorts of very nasty bacteria.

Both of these oils are available now from the Chilli Pepper Pete website priced at £7.50 each

Piri Piri Oil

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

Naga 12 Pod Oil

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

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