Twisted 7 Sauces were a new one to me, have I let my chilli seeking skills slip and missed someone? No matter new companies can only be a good thing as it means more chilli sauces! I was fortunate to meet Twisted 7 personally at the 2013 West Dean Chilli Fiesta. Turns out the brains behind the organisation is a chef and winner of a second place fiery foods award for their one sauces the delightfully names Organ Grinder! I asked Dean “why twisted 7” the answer I got “it’s as simple as lucky number 7, I was born on the 7th and there are 7 letters in twisted….. Simple I guess…
Twisted 7 have kindly provided us with a bottle of their Peri Peri Fever sauce. The bottle looks quite small but at 100ml it is a similar size to many other sauces on the market. The label is very colourful and relies on funky text and names rather than pictures to draw you in. The style continues throughout their range making a nice set.
Now for the tasting, anything with Peri Peri in the title always grabs my attention especially with my mild Nando’s addiction.
The Ingredients indicate as you would expect this sauce is for taste and not for power.
Red Pepper, Lemon Juice, Vinegar, Water, Onion, Cayenne Chilli Peppers, Garlic, Oregano, Bird’s Eye Chilli Peppers, Paprika, Salt, Pepper, Tomato Puree, Sugar and Oil.
The bottle even has a heat rating on the side claiming a 2.5 out of 5 on the twisted 7 scale. My first though is why not link to the branding and have the heat scale out of 7?
Now you can’t go too wrong with a Peri Peri as they all aim for the same taste outcome. The smell from the sauce does not disappoint, there is a strong garlic and tomato aroma pared with the ‘Nando’s smell’ it almost smells like a spicy mayo to me. The sauce tastes as it smells, the garlic really comes through and there is a lovely thick texture.
There is some heat to the sauce to provide subtle warmth but a 2.5 level I’m not so sure. Yes this sauce is designed to be at the lower end of their heat range but I would place it around a 2 at best. This said the heat is not the important bit.
I would go so far as to class the Peri Peri Fever as a family sauce, everyone will love this and it can be used like ketchup with a kick. Of course there is the obvious use of smothering it in chicken before grilling which would taste great but you are limited by the 100ml size for the amount of chicken you can cover.
I like this sauce but admit I’m not excited by it. I am excited to check out the rest of their range as this sauce has demonstrated a sound ability to pull together and balance ingredients.
A 100ml bottle will set you back £4.00, if I’m honest I would prefer to see a slightly larger bottle for this price as its tasty and you can then use the contents more effectively too.
More information can be found on the Twisted 7 Sauces website where there are also recipe ideas for inspiration on how you can add a TWIST to your cooking!