December 2013

Happy Easter Chilli Padawanz!!…no wait..that’s not right is it? Give me a hint?…NO I have it!!, let me try again…*ahem* HAPPY HALLOWEEN CHILLI PADAW…*what?* OH…that’s not right either? Hmm, okay gimme a minute it’ll come to me! Anyway, seasons misgivings aside, I am here to bring you the latest of my video reviews! And this one is the last in a FANTASTIC box set (which itself would be a GREAT xmas prezzy for a chillihead!) released by The Wiltshire Chilli Farm. Jamie’s fantastic and unique “Voodoo Box Set” is finished off beautifully with this Peach Habanero sauce, and a cracking price you can’t go far wrong!

Jamie’s box sets tend to be high in chilli content, so that you can really get a taste for the fiery fruit, and this “Peach Habanero” sauce is no different, 50% of the bottle is pure chilli, the rest is a blend of awesomeness and secret spices that make this sauce a absolute belter! The bottle itself (like the rest of the range) features a cracking little voodoo doll emblazoned across a high quality glossy label, which also has the name of the sauce, and of course the producers name too, heck we wouldn’t know who’d made it otherwise.

Ingredients:

Peach habanero 50%, cider vinegar, sugar, peach, salt, spices.

The sauce its self is a sort of yellowy almost pale orange colour, with seeds, flesh and other coloured flecks in it, which I can only assume is the “spices”, it’s at this point I would usually go into a long drawn out paragraph about how this sauce tastes..but HURRAH for modern technology, here is a video! (I am ably assisted by my friend Dawn in this one)

So there you have it! A very tasty, peppery sauce, thats mighty hot to boot, and for me it was an INSTANT heat, as you saw in the vid, it hit me pretty hard, but Dawn just took it in her stride, fair play to her because it messed me up! The “voodoo Sauce box set” can be bought from Jamies online store  for  £20 (yes, the price has gone up since the video, due to limited stocks left), thats three sauces in a *beautiful* presentation box with embossed logo, as I said before, an ideal xmas gift for any chillihead… and as of writing this I am told there are only about 40 box sets left and they are selling FAST!! So get on it Padawanz if you don’t want to be left in the dust!

Anyway, another review reaches its conclusion and its time for me to head back into my mancave and cook up another review, so until next time my chilli padawanz, may the sauce be with you….always!

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(9/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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The Chillees is the playful brand name for a range of chilli-laced foodstuffs produced by Nick and Francine Lee from their base in Taunton, Somerset. They describe themselves as having a small, but growing, range of products, yet a quick look at their website reveals an already satisfying list of goodies. An encouraging note on the website states that The Chillees products are “made for the flavour, not just the heat” – music to these reviewers’ ears – so let’s see how their HabApple (nice play on crab-apple!) Hot Apple Chilli Chutney lives up to the message.

As a review team, one of us is a fan of chutney generally where the other is less so, so we hope that this will give readers in both camps a good idea of whether this is a product for them.

Jar kindly supplied by The Chillees.

First impressions based on labelling are just as important as the product itself from a marketing point of view.  Nick and Francine have done a good job with theirs – it is clear and uncluttered, the brand stands out without being “in your face”, and the text is enough to tell the customer everything they need to know without being wordy.

The jar opens with a satisfying ‘pop’ so that we know the chutney has been preserved properly, and releases a marvellous aroma of habanero along with the sweet apple and sharp vinegar.

This is a chutney with a silky smooth base texture, but without an excess of wetness.  The base apple sauce contains a good amount of sweet vine fruit and slivers of onion, as well as tantalising flecks of chilli.

So far so good… so, what about the taste?

Ingredients:

Apples (52%), sugar, vinegar, onions, habanero chilli (2%), raisins, sultanas, currants, garlic, ginger, lemon, sea salt, cinnamon, cayenne.

Apple is the first flavour to come through, along with sweetness from the vine fruits, all lifted by subtle vinegar sharpness.  This is swiftly followed by a hit of heat and the distinctive flavour of habanero, which lingers pleasantly after the other flavours have begun to dissipate.

The ingredients list includes ginger and cinnamon, but these are not particularly noticeable in the flavour notes.  However, this being apple chutney, these are ingredients that would be more conspicuous by their absence rather than being flavour front-runners.

In taste testing we’ve found that the chutney works beautifully on sandwiches with mature cheddar cheese or sausages, and with gammon steak – and will go equally well with all other usual accompaniments to sweet-based chutneys.  This would also make a wonderful replacement for apple sauce to spice up a pork dish.

Heat-wise, the label suggests that this is a 3-out-of-5 on the heat scale.  We tend to agree that this is a mid-level chutney.  The heat is pretty immediate, possibly due to the inclusion of cayenne, and continues to build to a very pleasant and recognisable habanero burn which is mellowed slightly by the sugars in the fruit.

HabApple Chutney is available from The Chillees’ online store, priced at £3.50 for a 200g jar.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (10/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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