January 2016

Here is a great little video from those nice people at Greenhouse Sensation showing how they recommend you sow your chilli seeds.


The 2016 version of Mort is now available from Grim Reaper Foods this year there are 66 bottles available and they normally sell out before I have even had time to surf the web.

Grim Reaper Foods – Mort 2016 Ltd. Edition Scorpion Chilli Sauce

This year the pepper are Red Scorpion from Chris Saunders and Glenn from Glenn’s Peppers. The Scorpion is a horrific beast that while not as hot as the Carolina Reaper, still comes in at around 1.5 million Scovile units.

Russ has sent me a special sample bottle just for tasking, I also have a bottle for my collection oddly numbered 67 of 66 with a little smiley face :-). Looking at the ingredients, this looks like a very classic style of sauce with most of my favourite ingredients, Garlic, Red Wine vinegar and Tomatoes, I am a big devotee of using red wine vinegar in cooking and it works so well with chillies.

The smell from the bottle is intoxicating, and I quickly find this is not a sauce to be taken lightly when you have had a cold and the aroma hits the back of my throat there is only one thing for it, out with the tasting spoon and off we go.

The heat is searing and the coughing starts followed by the hickups, as the heat starts to cool, which take a lot longer that I was expecting, I can taste the garlic, then a little of the tomato just makes its self known, a second slight smaller spoonful and things are returning to normal, the other flavour start to appear.

Ingredients:- Plum Tomatoes, Red Wine Vinegar, Scorpion Chillies, Shallots, Garlic, Sugar, Tomato Puree, Salt, Rapeseed Oil.

Bottle kindly provided by Grim Reaper Foods

Limited editions are a great fun idea, but unfortunately I suspect many will never get tasted, which is a shame, as this is a really great sauce, at only £6.95 for a 100 ml bottle of such a unique collectors item, I must admit it would be a shame to open a bottle with such a neat wax seal.

So I feel extra special being one of the few with a bottle I can enjoy and one I can save in my collection.

Value (7.5/10)


Death at the Crimson Altar is a new sauce from the Devon Chilliman named as the sauce has a dark red blood colour. Luckily for me unlike The Devon Chilliman my blood does not contain chilli seeds or any of the collection of super hot chilli included in this concoction.

Death At The Crimson Altar

All the chillies in this sauce have been grown in Devon, I hope some of you have been reading the monthly reports we get from The Devon Chilliman regarding his project at Channingswood Prison we are looking forward to this years reports.

Ingredients:- Moruga Scorpion 20%, Naga 20%, Red Savinas 10%, Carolina Reaper 5%, Vinegar, Beetroot, Mango, Salt, Mustard, Liquorice, Spices.

Bottle kindly provided by The Devon Chilliman

Well enough waffle, time to crack open the bottle and quench my blood lust. Opening the bottle and you just know this is going to be painful, there is that acidic aroma that comes from chillies just waiting to burn, a little hint of vinegar soon evaporates, so will I be slain on the Crimson Altar.

The simple answer is arrrrhhhh Yes, about 1/2 a teaspoon was by far enough, the searing heat is making writing this harder and harder ……a short break is required…… I would now like to say that the beetroot, mango, mustard and unusually liquorice all combined well with the chillies to….. But none of that would be true, I suffered greatly with hiccups and just a little chilli reflux before I could get to the fridge to find the milk and then off to the freezer for Ice cream.

I am sure I used to be harder that this or are these hot sauce makers/growers and becoming much more successful at the satanic arts of hot sauces, at £7.50 a bottle this packs a punch that this now ageing writer is starting to feel with a vengeance. This is a all natural sauce, no extract, for me it will be used very carfully to warm us my chilli.

Note: This was a few days ago, now recovered I have used this in cooking and am feeling much wiser, I have made a very tasty chilli with just 250g of best beef mince and a couple of finely chopped onions a little red wine and one small teaspoon of Death at the Crimson Altar, even that was enough for a good sweet, but the flavours from those chillies was worth it.

Value (7.5/10)

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Here are the results of the 2015 Peoples Choice Chilli Awards.

Best UK Chilli Festival 2016

  1. Great Dorset Chilli Festival
  2. The Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival
  3. West Dean Chilli Fiesta

Best New UK Chilli Festival 2015

  1. Reading Chilli Festival
  2. Wild Food & Chilli Festival
  3. Chilli land Chilli Festival

Best UK Professional Chilli Grower 2015

  1. The Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm
  2. Devon Chilliman
  3. South Devon Chilli Farm

Best UK-Made Professional Mild Chilli Sauce 2015

  1. Jalapeno & Bramley Apple Salsa – Hot-Headz!
  2. The Smoke Potion – The Chilli Alchemist
  3. Rookie Goblin – Grim Reaper Foods

Best UK-Made Professional Medium Chilli Sauce 2015

  1. Alchemy – Grim Reaper Foods
  2. Smoked Chilli & Garlic Sauce – Hot-Headz!
  3. Kashmir Chilli Pickle – Mr Vikki’s

Best UK-Made Professional Non-Extract Hot Chilli Sauce 2015

  1. Deadly Hot Naga Chilli Sauce – Hot-Headz!
  2. Maverick – Grim Reaper Foods
  3. Trinidad Scorpion Ketchup – Mr Vikki’s

Best UK-Made Professional Extreme Extract Hot Chilli Sauce 2015

  1. Who Dares Burns! Extreme Prejudice – Hot-Headz!
  2. Evil Twin – Grim Reaper Foods
  3. The Everlasting Flame – The Chilli Alchemist

Best New UK Chilli Product 2015

  1. Kashmiri Chilli Pickle – Mr Vikki’s
  2. Charred Remains BBQ Rub – Grim Reaper Foods
  3. Superhot Chilli Nuts – Daddy Cool

Best UK Professional Chilli Sauce Producer 2015

  1. Grim Reaper Foods
  2. Mr Vikki’s
  3. Upton Cheyney Chilli Company

Best UK Professional Chilli Jam/Preserve Producer 2015

  1. Mr Vikki’s
  2. The Wiltshire Chilli Farm
  3. Hot-Headz!

Best UK Online Chilli Retailer 2015

  1. Hot-Headz!
  2. Grim Reaper Foods
  3. The Dorset Chilli Shop

Best UK Chilli Confectionery 2015

  1. Chocolate – Grim Reaper Foods
  2. Popping Candy – The Chilli Alchemist
  3. Psycho Chocolate – Dr Burnorium

Best Contributor to the UK Chilli Scene 2015

  1. Matt Simpson – Simpson Seeds


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