Product Reviews

 

When I first picked up this Hot Lemon sauce from Fat Man Chilli I was intrigued and excited to try it. My first impressions were good, I felt the ingredients list was impressive and the packaging was simplistic but clear. I liked the fact you had clear view of the product but was a bit unsure what to have the sauce with. Then I opened it and tried it, the flavour exceeded my expectations and on further kitchen experimentation found it is also extremely versatile.

As soon as you open the bottle you are hit with a strong aroma of lemon and mustard, I can also detect the garlic which is subtle and not too overpowering. The sauce is a mustard colour with the herbs clearly visible. It has a great consistency and texture with the thickness of a dipping sauce, it also works well in cooking.

Without a shadow of a doubt the best feature of this sauce is the taste and this isn’t surprising given the quality of ingredients used. The sharpness of the lemon hits you instantly then you experience the subtle warmth of the Lemon Aji chilli which reminds me of cracked black pepper. I think the use of Limoncello really adds a depth to this sauce.

The great thing about this product is it can be enjoyed with many different dishes and can be enjoyed by non chilliheads. With it being the festive season I have had friends over for nibbles and put this sauce on the table for people to try. Everyone has been very impressed with this sauce as they feel it is not over powering or too intense. The ingredients used complement each other and everyone who tried it went back for more sauce.

I have also cooked with this sauce and found it is a great addition, it works really well when stirred through with rice and I think it would be a great filling for a homemade chicken kiev. In regards to a dipping sauce it goes great with chips, chicken and prawns. I haven’t found anything it doesn’t work with.

I can see why this is the most popular Fat Man Chilli product, the website describes it as ‘A fantastic blend of Lemon Aji chilli and fresh lemons makes this our most popular sauce – you just have to try it’

All sauces and jelly are priced at £3.50 or you can order the Fat Man Chilli Range for £31.00 to find out more check out http://fatmanchilli.webs.com/

Ingredients: Lemon (19%), Lemon Chilli (2%) Wine Vinegar, Water, Mango Pulp, Peppers, Mustard, Onion, Garlic, Palm Sugar, Limoncello, Herbs, Spices, Salt

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(5/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(7/10)

 

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With a jar that looks like it came straight from grandma, I wondered what I had received this time. I recognise the logo of this product as I remove it from my package of review products. Sutton and Sons, these guys do an excellent hog roast. I didn’t know they did chutneys too. All I now have in my head is hog roast…. This could distract me.Back to the jar of Grape and Scotch Bonnet Chutney that grandma sent, this has been kindly supplied by Sutton & Sons

The whole design looks like it would sit nicely in an all wood environment like a barn, with some kind of spit roast gently rotating in the corner. The choice of curly font and pictures of key ingredients on the label look quite vintage and don’t really catch your eye. Putting the Pig logo on the front with some basic text would have looked much more appealing to me. A very cute part of the label is the standard open and use within 3 months but just underneath is “this chutney was born on May 13”

Ingredients:

Scotch Bonnets, apples, onions, white grapes, ginger, caster sugar, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cider vinegar

There is A LOT going on when you open the jar, as you can see from the ingredients above lots of strong flavours are blended together here. Each time I try to pick out an individual smell I find a new one; this can be a little overwhelming all at once. What is great to see though is the nice sloppy goodness swirling around in the jar, you know before plunging your spoon in that this stuff will both cover and stick to anything you want but you will have to eat it before it either covers your hand. Messy food is fun food and it’s perfect!

Enough of the waffle, on tasting this sticky goodness, again I did find it hard to pick out any of the flavours and cant help feeling this chutney does not have a true identity struggles a bit trying to be too many things. The scotch bonnet is a fruity chilli and I think the heat level is perfect for this chutney but with the power of the other ingredients you have lost the flavour of the beautiful scotch bonnet. I do have to remind myself though that this it a not a product designed to impress a chilli head but to most likely cover slow roast meat.

Jar kindly supplied by Sutton & Sons

The apples, onions and ginger will go perfect with your hog and I would most definitely keep going back for more of this stuff. I can’t pick out any flavour of the white grape but this does add nicely to the texture so you don’t just end up with a lump of apple. The cider vinegar does add sharpness to the overall flavour which I enjoy but I know this quality can put many off a chutney, though this will help cut through the fat of any meat.

Don’t be satisfied with apple on your spit roast, reach for this stuff! I clearly can’t get hog roast out of my mind during this review so checking the Sutton and Sons website, their suggestions suggest the grape and Scotch bonnet chutney will work perfectly with Aberdeen Angus beef and peppery rocket salad burgers. Overall I would say this is one for meat lovers, BBQ fans and foodies but not chilli heads.

If you ever get Sutton and Sons to cater for you or see them at an event like west dean chilli fiesta you will see a range of their chutneys to cover your hog in you might like to know that they only use their own products at Sutton & Sons events so you can cover your food to your hearts content and share the sticky love around J

£3.50 is the price to pay to bring this taste to your spit roast bun

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(4/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(6/10)

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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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In this review I have been given a bottle of The Chillees Orangatongue Tingler chilli sauce. Before I say anything else, hats off to the name awesome! The Chillees are a recently new small family business producing spicy chilli sauces and preserves from their home grown Chillies and other fruit/veg. Their current range is small but so far they have caught the attention of many at markets and festivals with their fresh tasting small batch approach to sauce making. For the Chillees “It’s all about the flavour as well as the heat. No Extracts used here” so this is a real invite to foodie chilli heads like me.

Ingredients:

Carrot, Vinegar, Lime, Onion, Orange Habanero (7%), garlic and sea salt

Bottle kindly supplied by The Chillees

The bottle you get is like the mainstream shape of many bottles and a standard size of 150ml. The label is done well with clear print and oem nice chilli graphics but nothing to really draw your attention in. Apart from the name of course, once again Orangatongue Tingler, this drives my curiosity and describes in one made up word the tastes to come hopefully. Behind the label is a vivid orange pulpy looking hot sauce no doubt driven by the carrot and Orange habaneros.

Opening the bottle the freshness I had heard about rings true, helped along by the choice of the ingredients a sharp fiery fruity aroma meets your senses. You cant smell an overpowering heat but this is clearly not the intent with this sauce and with only 7% Habanero its not to be expected.

The pulpy goodness I poured onto a spoon and it’s like a summer chilli party starts in my mouth. The citrus comes through, the well known fruitiness of the Orange Habanero burns slightly and builds gently. The vinegar is not too strong thankfully and there is a hint of garlic which would lend this sauce well to not just being a dipping sauce but for cooking too. Perhaps do something different with it and add to a salad or use on fish? I used the sauce on one of my regular weekend Mexican breakfasts Huervous Rancheros using the heat and the lime to cut through the runny eggs.

The only thing that would let the sauce down is maybe the label; there is nothing wrong with it but due to the simplicity of design if it weren’t for the cool name people may pass this one by. I would also like to see maybe the same sauce produced with a hotter version containing a higher percentage of the Orange Habanero. The Chillees have reached what they wanted with the 7% and I’m always more for a flavour heat balance then just heat. However for a change I would love an option that kicks in the endorphins too from the Orangatongue too. Special edition run maybe…..

Finally with an awkward but clever spelling of the work chilli as part of their company name I fear their good work may get lost in the internet search world. Indeed it took a couple of attempts to find their homepage. The Chillees have a nice range building which  continues the balance of flavour and heat, demonstrated clearly by their naga sauce which claims to have a 4/10 heat rating. Think I need to pick some up and see

A Standard 150ml bottle will set you back only 3.50

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

 

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