Chilli Alchemy is a recently established small business based in Northamptonshire specialising in chilli based jams, pickles, chutneys and relishes. Smoky Aubergine and Naga Chutney is one of their products kindly provided to the ChileFoundry for me to taste for you.
The jar is a small cute size with 120g chutney. The label is a basic white simply stating the contents. With a name like Chilli Alchemy as their products become more established some more colourful labels would be better to catch the eye. As Chilli Alchemy make their products in small batches with high quality ingredients each batch will no doubt add a touch of uniqueness to each batch.
On cracking open the jar you can pick out all the ingredients on the first inhale of the flavour delighting the senses. The contents certainly look how a chutney should with a perfect consistency with enough stickiness to stay on top of your chosen food. I like aubergine and it’s not often you see an aubergine chutney, so I am looking forward to dipping in my spoon.
Aubergines, Cider, Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Onion, Sultanas, Naga Chilli, Nigella Seeds, Ginger, Tomato Puree and Salt.
Jar kindly supplied by Chilli Alchemy
As it looked this chutney has a perfect texture, the flavours are plentiful and a little hard to describe other than very aromatic and tasty. For a Naga chilli chutney the heat levels are very low, fans of the powerful Naga chilli may be disappointed at the lack of potency.
However as all chilli heads know the Naga has an amazing flavour of its own and it’s not always about the heat. This is top notch chutney with a nice warming background heat and fruitiness. If you are after power and deep smokiness these qualities are a little lacking. That said with a cheese board this chutney I believe would be the best I have ever had and would certainly stimulate more than conversation at the end of a dinner party!