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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.

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(9/10)
Packaging
(10/10)
Value (7.5/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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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.

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(10/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (7.5/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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From Unique Fine Foods we have a green harisssa paste from their UniqueArabia range to sample and review. I have to say I have tried many red harissa pastes but never a green one before so I was interested to see if there was any real difference.

Unique Foods Green Harissa Paste

On the label “A delicious hot paste, a little goes a long way! why not try spreading over chicken before cooking or stir into a dip to add a kick” The label is that of a standard cooking condiment easily stored with your other spices. The jar is mini at only 90g but most harissa pastes are of a similar size so this is not a negative

Ingredients: Green peppers, green chilli (41.5%) olive oil, garlic, salt, spinach, caraway seeds, coriander, mint, lactic acid.

My first thoughts, is that’s a very precise amount of chilli listed in the ingredients, will the 0.5% make a difference? On opening the jar you are greeted with a combination of fresh aromas as if this was recently blended but they soon die away to the predicted processed dullness that is necessary to keep products like this alive. With the list of ingredients of was expecting a bouquet of flavours to hit my taste buds. Unfortunately not much happened, not wishing to do the product injustice I experimented for a couple of weeks adding to lamb kebabs, basting chicken and creating dips alongside bread and olives. I have to say this greatly improved the flavours. I believe it would also not be too overpowering on a nice fresh white baked fish. As for heat, I couldn’t detect any at all, not even gentle background warmth you generally get on consumer products. So this is not one for the chilli heads but one for the experimental cooks.

Unfortunately the Unique Fine Foods website is built and appears active but has virtually no content at time of checking in December 2015 see for your self as things may have changed by the time this review is posted http://www.uniquefinefoods.co.uk/ There is also a facebook group but the last post on this one is February 2015. I’m hoping the organisation is still going as they appear to have several brands. None of which I recognise but they cover a variety of interesting foods from around the world and appear to offer the service of getting new products onto the UK market.

I can’t find any current stockists but located a historic mention on Sainsbury’s with a mini review of “Good for lamb & other meats, & for vegetables. Can use in soups & stews. Interesting flavour profile that’s worth a try”

In Sainsbury’s the price was £1.60 so I’m guessing if you can still find it the price should be around there.

Flavour
(4/10)
Heat
(0/10)
Packaging
(4/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(4/10)

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