June 2013

Cola Rebell is listed as a high-content caffeine drink – if you’re a coffee fan, the type that grinds your own beans or maybe even roasts them, the 25mg per 100ml is perhaps only a quarter or less of what you’d consume with the average percolated brew to put the content in perspective. It’s also not massively high compared to many sodas or colas, so I wouldn’t really put this in the bracket of massively high caffeine levels.

Cola RebellThis is less about that though and more about the taste. I’ve had chilli beer, chilli vodka, chilli cheese, chilli fudge, chilli chocolate … but this is the first time I’ve tried chilli cola. Many people would only associate chilli as a savoury thing, but it can work amazingly well along with the sweet as the previous list would suggest – this is a super food after all – so this could very well be a good match.

ColaRebell produce far more cola variations than the two I’m covering here, the Balanced Chilli and Maxx Chilli – so check out their website for their other products including alcoholic beverages. 

The Balanced Chilli Cola is classed as the milder of the two products and in the clear glass bottle you can see the classic cola brown colours. The label suggests that this can be enjoyed on its own or as a mixer, so just to be sure I’m going to give this a go with some vodka and various other liquors. Hic.

Ingredients:

Carbonated Water, Sugar, Carbonic Acid, Barley Extract, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Caffeine and Natural Flavouring.

It has a fizz when opening the bottle with the aroma of sweet cola, it’s very sweet on the tongue but there’s no real detectable chilli heat or taste to it at all – as a cola it’s fine and as a mixer it’s has a nice taste to counter strong spirits, but I would struggle to call this a chilli based product.

The Maxx Chilli cola is the stronger of the two products, it has the same colour and fizz when opened, but doesn’t have quite as sweet a cola smell as the balanced variety.

Ingredients:

As above

Maxx doesn’t taste as sweet as the balanced cola either and with this one there is a hint of heat to it. Initially there’s just the cola flavour, but once swallowed there’s the warmth of chilli there on the throat – it’s pleasant, but it’s not what you would call extreme. There’s a really lovely mild chilli hint that lingers there for a while and certainly has a pleasant aftertaste. Along with a touch of vodka you get a nice spirit and chilli burn on the throat making it a great mixer. With a dark rum it’s ever more a better match and complements the flavours there well.

Both can be purchased in packs of twelve via the Cola Rebell website at around £15 for 330ml bottles, so it’s really around the same price as the main brands with the added chilli bonus.

Of the two, Maxx is bar far the better chilli cola as the Balanced variety simply has no heat to it that I can detect at all. As colas both have a sweet strong taste and work as mixers, but for chilli heads I’d recommend giving the Maxx a go first.

Cola Rebell Balanced

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

Cola Rebell Maxx

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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May has been a little quiet on the review front, the team have been beavering away but due to a family bereavement I have had to take a couple of weeks off, but here we are again. Things are definitely gathering pace, the festivals are upon us and there is still time to enter the competition mentioned below to win tickets and glamping at the 5th Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival in September.

We have been receiving a lot of product in for review recently so there should be some good reviews forthcoming, but as always, we all fit this in around real life and real jobs so it can take a while for a product to get it’s review written, we do our very best to bring you the latest news and product reviews.

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Right, here I am, back again after some serious hiatus!! Well, what can I say? Chilli festival season is just around the corner and I’ve been getting myself ready and in the mood for it all, and what better what than to kick start my arse into doing more video reviews?

Exactly, I thought you might all like that, so here is the first of a new batch!!

Emporer NagaThe sauce I have in this video is not a sauce at all, its more of a pickle, Emperor Naga from Mr Vikkis  is the latest in his range of naga pickles, it takes its place on the throne beside both the King and Queen Naga pickles, this one is noticeably different though!!

Ingredients:

Red Peppers, Onions, Vegetable Oil, Naturally Fermented Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Bhut Jolokia 7%, spices.

As you can see, it’s only a small list of ingredients, but whatever Adam does when he’s blending them together, makes this pickle completely stand out from the other two…the taste and texture is somewhat inviting, and the heat, while not at the level of Queen Naga, is certainly nothing to be sniffed at! Have a look for yourself:

Sooooo couple of points to clear up, I said “5 quid” but the pickle is only a mere £3.50!! So it’s an absolute bargain for such a unique and tasty pickle that is easily the best he’s ever made!

Also I said that Emperor Naga is the hottest one, apparently I’m wrong, the hottest is Queen Naga as this has a higher chilli content than the other two!

So if you fancy a nice Naga pickle to stir into cooking, or fancy dipping your crisps or poppadoms into something a bit different for a change, then you can’t go far wrong with a jar of this for a few bob! Head on over to Mr Vikkis right now, or better still come and meet the man in person this weekend at The Bedfordshire Chilli & Gourmet Chilli Festival at The Mansion House, jointly organised by Edible Ornamentals.

Anyway, that’s it from me for the moment Padawanz, I hope you all haven’t missed me too much ( I can be a bellend, lol) and I will see you all soon with another scorching review..so until then, may the sauce be with you…always!!

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

 

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