Mr Vikki’s is a small bespoke Indian Fusion pickle producer in the beautiful Lake District Cumbria. Mr Vikki’s is dedicated to using fresh natural ingredients, containing no gluten, wheat or dairy. Many products use specific chillies, and keep very well once opened and un-chilled due to the low water content achieved through ancient methods of preserving.
It’s time for me to hold my hand up. At every chilli festival and event I have walked by the Mr Vikki’s stand every time not feeling drawn to their products. Partly I think to the labels and a little for the Indian influence not exciting me. Maybe I’m a bit of a sucker for stupid names and cool graphics.…..
Oh how wrong it was to walk by! You need to check this guys stuff out. Mr Vikki’s could be considered the “Ronseal” of the UK chilli market. His products do exactly what it says on the tin. Besides an impressive 69 great taste awards in 7 years, including 13 great taste awards in 2013 so far can’t be wrong. Many apologies to the chilli god for committing blasphemy towards such a high achieving UK producer!
As I have hinted above the label to me is a little dull and very yellow. Nice touch with the flames though. I like that the label covers only half the jar so you can see the contents. There is a lot of helpful and professional information displayed including the Mr Vikki’s Heat ‘O’ Meter .The Piri Piri mustard is rated as ‘Hot’
Checking out the website, the product description gives an honest view stating “chilli heads will love this but will still find room for a bit more heat. Packed with flavour combinations and high chilli content, it’s not to be missed and should be brought out at every meal”
Mustard 60%, white wine Vinegar, Birds Eye Chillies 10%, salt and spices
Jar kindly supplied by Mr Vikkis
Cracking open the jar, surprise surprise you smell mustard. I have tried many chilli mustards recently. Some just throw in the power and hope for the best – these are terrible – some have tried to be creative with the flavours and often take away from the mustard itself.
Mr Vikki’s has used basic ingredients in the right proportions to not commit either of these mistakes but instead produce a very pleasant taste. I enjoy the texture of the wholegrain mustard used and am very partial to anything Piri Piri. I 100% agree with their web statement, disappointing for a chilli head seeking only power. If it’s this you want check out the rest of the Mr Vikki’s range there is plenty to fulfil your needs! However the mustard does indeed still pack heat and will go well with anything picnic or bbq related.
There isn’t too much more to describe I think, it’s good, it’s tasty, it’s hot, get some!
A rather strangely weighted 205g jar will cost a mere £3.25 on their website currently.
My advice is not to stop here and make the same mistake I made before. Don’t just order this product. Follow @MrVikkis on twitter and find out which chilli event he will be attending next, head for the glowing yellow stand, and get yourself a full tasting experience!