October 2013

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.

Ingredients:

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!

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (5/10)
Overall
(6/10)

 

 

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It’s been a Burning Desire of Jason Stevens for a few years to start his own Chilli business, and just over two years that dream became a real possibility when Jason entered a Chilli Sauce called Burning Desire in the Amateur Hot Sauce awards at Fiery Foods, one of the top UK Chilli Festivals held in his hometown of Brighton. He won the competition and a year later Burning Desire Foods was born. This year marked the 2nd Anniversary of the company, at the Festival held in Victoria Gardens and a momentous moment as the Company was awarded Best Chilli Company 2013.

                   Jason with mum Valerie at West Dean, very much part of the Burning Desire team

Jason, who makes all the sauces himself by hand, had been working in a normal day job but was made redundant just before the event which saw him win the Amateur Hot Sauce Award, so there was now nothing in his way to start the company. Initially only making Chilli Sauce, Jason increased his range of sauces always concentrating on the flavour of the chilli being used and adding other flavours to compliment the fiery ingredient.

This year Jason entered one of his Hot Sauces into one of the professional categories, for Best Extreme Sauce (with extract) for his ‘Five Finger Death Punch’ sauce.

This was a tightly fought competition with lots of entries and judged by 3 of the Chilefoundry review team in a blind tasting.

But it’s not all about Hot Sauce for Burning Desire, the company recently released chilli salts, chilli spiced sugars and a first for the UK Chilli Industry, Chilli Butters.

These were launched officially at Great Dorset and have proved to be a runaway success. They are available in three flavours, Piri Piri, Chipotle and King Naga.

These are very tasty and have the look of a traditional homemade block of butter with the addition of various ingredients,  we will be doing a more in depth review soon.

It was the combination of the excellent flavours Jason combines in his Hot Sauces and the innovation of the Chilli Butters that won Burning Desire it’s 2nd Award of the event, and the most prestigious of all, The Best Chilli Company in the UK 2013. Jason freely admits he was in shock when Burning Desire was announced, but it was a well deserved win for the Brighton company on their 2nd Anniversary.

                 Jason Stevens – Best Extreme Sauce (with extract) & Best UK Chilli Company 2013

 

 

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We are back from a short summer break from posting new articles, which has allowed time to attend lots of chilli events and recharge batteries. But we return here with a preview of a new limited edition product launching at the end of October from Jamie Sythes who runs The Wiltshire Chilli Farm. The Voodoo Habanero is a three sauce set presented in an attractive black box with a comic style Voodoo doll image on the front.

The set comprises one of each different Habanero Chilli Sauces, this follows on from 2011 when the company released the Septenary trio and in 2012, the Ghost trio was released.

This year the following sauces are included:

The Chocolate Habanero made with 40% Chilli content:

Darth Naga reviewed this sauce last year and can be seen here

The Fruit Burst Habanero made with 40% Chilli content:

This was recently reviewed by Darth Naga here

And finally the third sauce is only available in this box set, the Peach Habanero made with 50% Chilli content:

Jamie is no stranger to releasing single variety Chilli sauces, like Fatalii, Criolla Sella, Aji Lemon, White Habanero.

These sets are available to pre-order now via this link and are limited to 200 sets only, on sale for £15 each plus £2.50 postage. They should all be shipped by the 1st November and we will be reviewing the Peach variety when it arrives.

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