Martin 'Scooby' Arnold

I have here today guys a product for review from the team at Chilli Alchemy. I can only seem to find a facebook page for them at the moment but if you want further information then drop a mail to info@chillialchemy.com. So, all the way from Northampton, today, and one day only, we have….. DA DA DAAAAAA……….. ‘Ghost pepper jam (extra hot).

The label is fairly bland being white with the only real colour to it being the product name.

The jam looks a beautiful sunburnt orange with plenty of tiny pieces of chilli floating about. Admittedly when I first picked this up it looked like a pouring sauce it was so loose, but as the label says keep refrigerated, I did. Boom!!!! Jam is back, nice and thick too.

Ingredients:

Cider vinegar, Sugar, Ghost pepper chilli paste, Red peppers, Pectin.

Jar kindly supplied by Chilli Alchemy

Few ingredients which in my book usually means great chilli flavours and heat nom nom nom. Slight concern over cider vinegar being at the top as that tends to mean that this is the main ingredient and many a time has vinegar been the killer of a chilli product. But as they say, there is only one way to find out, so lets crack on.

This is a lovely tasting jam in a nice little 120g jar.The sweetness is spot on, the texture is incredibly smooth and the heat is instant. I was expecting more of a build up of heat, but instead it was instant heat and it just stayed. It simply did not want to leave. Not that I’m complaining as it all works very well together.Spreads great, looks great, tastes superb, and is very very moreish.

This will definitely kick you up the arse to get out to work in the morning.

So here is how it is, I was kinda put off by the labelling as was very simple and basic. It nearly put me off, big mistake. The product itself??? Awesome. Lesson for us all, never judge a book by its cover.

If you like the sound of the jam, you can drop these guys a mail at info@chillialchemy.com The jam costs £3.95 and is also available at chillibugs

Remember guys, if it burns going in it will burn coming out. 😀

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(2/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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Thousands of questions unanswered. I need a solution. And I think I have found ‘The Ultimate Solution’. This sauce has come from Hot Experience Sauces. This is not a well known company or product but caught our eye when it was sent in for review

It comes in what I can only describe as a bottle reminiscent of a poisons bottle from an old movie. The skull splashed label with blood style red text sets the bottle off well. It gets even better though. The ingredients list packed full of Chillis. Very loose pouring sauce which suggests to me more of a sauce for adding to other sauces to give it a bang up the backside. Seed central and a real dark orange to red shade. Only thing taking your attention away from the sauce is the skulls staring at you. Lets check out the list of ingredients, deep breath for reading this list out!

Ingredients:

Ghost Chilli, Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, Jalapeno, Fresno, Sante Fe, Piri Piri, Dutch, Thai and Red chilli, White Vinegar, Water.

Bottle kindly supplied by Hot Experience Sauces

10!!!! yes 10!!!! varieties of chilli going on in here having a party. Not a bad selection at all hey. Super hot with the not so hot, but still an impressive list.

The smell is pretty good. Slight hint of vinegar but due to the large selection of chilli in here it manages to hold it back pretty damn good. Pretty potent aroma for such a small bottle. Lost me bloody spoon so gonna have to drink from the bottle. I hope you dont mind. If you do, then tough titties.

Well well well. Tingle sensation? Nope. Effing intense burn? HELL YEAH!! My comment earlier about the vinegar? Forget it. Its all about the chilli. Packed with so much chilli flavour its near impossible to pull out the individual one and they all blend in so well. Lips and mouth are on fire. Salivating like crazy. Not hiccuping for once which is strange for what is a bloody hot sauce. No idea how much Ghost is in here but its top of the list of ingredients so must be a fair amount. Burn baby burn, disco of heat in my mouth 😀

Although this is not the style of chilli product im really into at the moment as for me its more about the dips etc, this is still getting a number of ticks in the right boxes. Cant really go wrong here. Good sized bottle. Great heat. Great flavour. I can see this being used to spice up stews and some rice dishes. Not so much a dipping product but will really add a blast of heat to any meal you cook. Thumbs up from me 😀

The sauce is available from Hot Experience Sauces for £4 plus postage

Remember guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out :

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

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Good morrow chilli heads. Scooby here with another sauce to titillate the taste buds of all you fellow chilli craving lunatics. Today’s sauce is Hot Bhut Jolokia from Capsicana Chilli Co Ltd which looks to be their hottest sauce on the shelf with a given rating on the bottle of 5++.

Capsicana Hot Bhut JolokiaWe have got a good sized 150ml bottle which looks pretty damn sexy with its black label and sealed top and a very stylish font being used and great rich red band that makes it stand out from the crowd.

The sauce itself is a nice mix of slightly pulpy, but at the same time fairly easy to pour. It has a just off red colour with a touch of orange, and you can see the odd spec of chilli and seed rambling inside the bottle.

But one thing I love about this sauce is the smell. I’ve found at times that some chilli sauces can give a sometimes overpowering aroma of fresh chilli, but not always a nice one. This being a hot sauce with fresh chilli, I am surprised that it smells quite tame. I’ve got a feeling that this is a bit misleading though!, after all it is called Hot Bhut Jolokia sauce. We all know Bhut’s are hot but to put in the title???? Their second hottest sauce is just called Bhut Jolokia sauce. Scared now.

Ingredients:

Chillies (including 4.5% Bhut Jolokia) (43.5%), Water, Barley malt vinegar, Spices (including mustard), Salt, Cornflour, Stabiliser, Xanthan gum.

Bottle kindly supplied by Capsicana

Spoon out so off we go.

Immediately I get a rich fruity flavour and a pretty mild tingle on the tongue. It’s a beautiful flavour but low heat so I tip another spoonful out, but just as I put the spoon to mouth it feels as though someone is fanning the flames of a fire just started in my mouth. The heat is increasing at a fairly rapid rate and for a non extract sauce it is pretty damn impressive on both heat and flavour. With a mild aroma, and low heat initially I could have quite easily blown me balls off if I had taken the second spoon. Damn you Capsicana, that is some good sauce and it’s pretty awesome how it works with the impressive build up of heat.

When this kicks, it kicks. Its one of these rare sauces that I can see being used in pretty much anything at the dinner table. I can see it working really well on top of cheese on toast, in a pasta dish, as a dipping sauce, as a marinade. The list is pretty endless, and the beauty is that you wont need a load of it to get the flavour and heat. All you need to do is wait 15 seconds before the full package arrives and takes you on a roller coaster of tingling sensations.

The sauce is made in small batches and with fresh ingredients so quality and care is assured. The xanthan gum has been used in a perfect way so that you get the slight thickening of the sauce without a slimy aftertaste, Thats a win, win win scenario.

Definately look up these guys at the address above and check out some of their other products too. This is not a sauce for the pussy boy, this is man’s sauce through and through, and at £4 a bottle is not the most horrific price tag in the world. I’d prefer to see it a touch cheaper but then again this comes across to me as a kind of farmers market luxury product so maybe its just me being picky. But definitely worth a try regardless. Enjoy.

If it burns going in, It will burn coming out.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(8/10)
Packaging
(8.5/10)
Value (7.5/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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Ladies and gentlemen gather round, I wish to tell you the tale of a small jar. But not any small jar. For this jar contained a ‘Mad-Ass’ chilli concoction that made me, Scooby, nearly fill my boxers with what I can only describe as a feeling of pure ecstasy. Ok, granted that is a bit OTT but none the less this is the mutts nuts of a chilli product (I mean that in a good way, not sure what mutts nuts actually taste like I’m afraid)

Mad-Ass Double SmokeySo the story begins, once upon a time there was a small jar with a double smokey chilli inside. One day, Scooby opened it, and ate it. He then fell in love with it, married it and ran away never to be seen again.

All the way from the team at Mad-Ass, this Double Smokey is only a small 30ml jar. Their sauces are all available in these size jars but also in a bigger 150ml jar too.

Label is basic but at the same time a great design. An evil grinning chilli which seems to be the standard for their range of products but with colours changing on each one.

The sauce inside is reminiscent of a thicker than the norm stew. Slightly pouring from side to side of the jar but thick enough to stop before you spill any. I guess you could say that the colour has come from the ‘bowels of hell’. Get it? Bowels, poo? Brown sauce? Ooooooo, tough crowd tonight, no one laughing. Moving on……….. ingredients time.

Ingredients:

Home Smoked Chipotle Chillies, Smoked Garlic, Cider Vinegar, Onions, Tomatoes, Demerara Sugar, Chipotle Syrup, Smoked Rock Salt, Cracked Black Pepper.

Hell of a lot of smoking going on in this. And immediately noticeable when you open the jar. A VERY strong aroma and it is extremely warming to the nostrils. If it can warm my nose then it will definitely warm yours. You guys with your normal size noses, your lucky.

The taste however blows the aroma out of the water. Garlic, onions and the chipotles give an amazing smokey flavour while the sugar gives you a slight sweetness which is finished off with a blast of heat kindly supplied by the chipotles. They have rated this as a 7/10 for heat on their site and I agree all the way, not too hot and not too mild, an awesome blend of heat and flavour with a smooth texture all squeezed into this tiny jar.

I have found it to go great with chicken and other meats. I reckon it would work well as a Bolognese sauce for us chilli heads.

So, to end the story, go to Mad-Ass and buy lots of it 😀

Remember all you chilli heads, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

 

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