Product Reviews

Encona Amarillo Chilli SauceThe Aji Amarillo is one of my 101 favourite chillies (Yes it is one that is in the new book, not out yet, but being published by Octopus called “101 Chilli to try before you die”), it comes from the Peru/Bolivia region of South America where it is also know as Aji Esabeche or the Peruvian Chilli, you may also find them dried under the names Aji Mirasol or Cusqueno.

This sauce from Encona is part of their taste of the Americas range, it comes in the traditional Encona 142ml/155g square bottle, the sauce is a yellow colour and looks to have a few seeds and small orange bits of chilli flesh in the mix.

On opening the bottle there is an initail fruity aroma with overtones of mustard, the flavour comes from mostly from the Amarillo’s which is followed by the mustard. It is not massively hot, Encona rate this as a medium sauce, it would go very well with hotdogs or some rare roast beef, the combination of the mustard and the warm sweetness from the Amarillo chillies is very pleasent.

Ingredients: Water, Amarillo Chilli Mash 10% (Amarillo Chilles (84%), Salt, Acid: Acetic Acid), Sugar, Roasted Onion Puree, Amarillo Chilli Powder (2.5%), Rapeseed Oil, Spirit Vinegar, Modified Maize Starch, Garlic Puree, Salt, Anti-Oxidant: Ascorbic Acid, Dijon Mustard (Water, Mustard Seeds, Vinegar, Salt), Onion Powder, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Parsley.

Bottle kindly provided by Encona

As one of my all time favorite chillies, I was worry that Encona would be just using the name to sell us another hotsauce. I sould not are worried they have done a very good job with the flavours of the Aji Amarillo and combining it with the Dijon Mustard has produced a sauce that I am very happy to use and recommend and at only £1.59 in by local Tescos it is a bit of a bargain.

As I write this I am enjoying it as a dip with some beef jerky, what a great combination, does anyone make a hot mustard flavour Jerky?

Flavour
(7.5/10)
Heat
(2.5/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(8/10)


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This is the first review I have done of a product from The Chillees, while others have reviewed a couple of their products in the past (HabApple Chilli Apple Chutney & Orangatongue Tingler Chilli Sauce) here at the ChileFoundry for me this is a first.

The Chillees Smoky Jo's Chipotle_smI found this product while visiting the Sherbourne Castle Country Fair a while back. The Chillees is a small family concern run by Nick and Francine Lee who grow the chillies and make the sauces just down the road from us in Taunton, Somerset.

The sauce comes in the standard sized 140ml bottle and as you will see from the picture it picked up a silver award from the Taste of the West organisation in 2014.

Open the bottle and it smells a bit like a chilli style tomato sauce, but once the more volatile aromas have escaped, I can still smell the tomato, but also the onion and maybe a bit of garlic. I am not expecting this to be a hot sauce with only 1% chipotle in the mix, but butternut squash is not something I often find in the chilli sauce, I love using them in soups as they give such a great texture.

The sauce is mild, but you can taste the smokeyness from the smoked Garlic and chipotle chillies, then a bit of sweetness with the onion, red wine and balsamic vinegar, it is not as thick as I expected but the flavour in excellent no single ingredient is overpowering, the combination works very well.

Ingredients: Onion, Tomato, Butternut Squash, Water, Red Wine Vinegar, Red Peppers, Sugar, Apple, Rice Vinegar, Smoked Garlic, Chipotle Chilli (1%), Worcester Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, Mustard Seeds, Ancho Chilli, Paprika, Sea Salt.

A few teaspoon later and I can already see this going into some mayo as a mild dip, or mixed into mince before making burgers.. I am getting hungry just thinking about it.. I think we are having a BBQ this weekend..

I can see why this won a silver award, it is an outstanding sauce that would appeal the the whole family.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(8/10)


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Question: Summertime means one thing BBQ’s and what do you need to go with a BBQ?
Answer: A great chili sauce, so we crack open this sauce made by Mr Vikki’s named after his son ‘Harry’ it is called Harry’s Roast Chipotle BBQ Sauce so lets get it open and see how it tastes.

Ingredients: Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Roast Hickory Smoked Chipotle 14%, Molasses, Honey, Golden Syrup, Onion, Garlic, Cornflour, Salt, Soy Sauce, Mustard & Spices.

Made by & available from Mr Vikki’s

Bottle 280g Priced at £4.50 (Price correct at time of publishing)

About Mr Vikki’s: ‘A small bespoke Indian Fusion pickle producer in the beautiful Lake district Cumbria. Dedicated to using fresh natural ingredients, that contain no wheat or dairy. Many products using specific chillies, and keep very well once opened and unchilled due to the low water content achieved through ancient methods of preserving.

All recipes are unique and made by Adam Marks.’ Courtesy from http://www.mrvikkis.co.uk

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Bernie Bumm Rim ReaperOn a resent trip to Newcastle we came across Bernie Bumm’s creator Earl Gough and his range of sauces. We tried a few and then selected the hottest one for a review.

Geordie Translation:- On a resent trip te The Toon wi cyame across Bernie Bumm’s creator Earl Gough an his range of sauces. Wi tried a few an then selected the hottest one fre a review

On popping open the bottle the smell has the effect of widening your nostrels, as my nose recovers I can smell the white vinegar and the lime. The heat is instant, my mouth is on fire as the heat and then hickups smack me about, a teaspoon now seems a lot of sauce as a taste. WOW a few minutes has passed and I am now back at the keyboard, eyes watered, tongue is throbbing. Still little response from my taste buds, so a much smaller dose this time… it burns… I can feel and it is a feeling of a little sweetness and then I am again wiped out.

Geordie Translation: On popping open the bottle the smell has the effect of widening yer nostrels, as me nose recovers Ah can smell the white vinegar an the lime. The heat is instant, me gob is on fire as the heat an then hickups dunsh me aboot , a teaspoon noo seems a lot of sauce as a tyest . WOW a few minutes has passed an Ahm noo back at the keyboard, eyes watered, tongue is throbbing. Still little response frem me tyest buds, so a much smaller dose this time… it burns… Ah can feel an it is a feeling of a little sweetness an then Ahm agyen wiped oot.

Ingredients: Carolina Reaper Chilli, Aubergine, White Vinegar, Apple Juice, Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions, Lime.
Bottle kindly supplied by Bernie Bumm

So a bit of fail for me tasting this sauce on its own, so later it has been added to my lunch, beans on toast, and then heat becomes more manageable, it is still very hot and just a teaspoon is needed to bring the beans to life, cannot taste the aubergine, but the apple juice and lime are much more noticeable.

Geordie Translation: So a bit of fail fre me tasting this sauce on its aan, so later it has been added te me lunch, beans on toast, an then heat becomes more manageable, it is still git hot an just a teaspoon is needed te bring the beans te leif , canna tyest the aubergine, but the apple juice an lime are much more noticeable.

You can see on the square bottles that the labels are placed on the corners, Earl told us this was a happy accident as when the first labels arrived they had been made to stock on the sides, but due to the rounded corners on the bottles they started to peel, so they where placed on the corners giving the bottle a unique and very identifiable look.

Geordie Translation: Yee can see on the square bottles tha the labels are placed on the corners, Earl telt weh this wez a happy accident as when the forst labels arrived they had been made te stock on the sides, but due te the rounded corners on the bottles they started te peel, so they weor placed on the corners giving the bottle a unique an git identifiable gandie.

Best to use this kind of sauce with care the Carolina Reaper is a stupidly hot chilli, tests have seen it pass over 2 Million Scoville units at a peak result and even with the average of 1.5 Million

Geordie Translation: Best te use this keind of sauce wi care the Carolina Reaper is a stupidly hot chilli, tests hev seen it pass ower 2 Million Scoville units at a peak result an even wi the average of 1.5 Million.

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



Our thanks to The Original English to Geordie translator for the Geordie translations used in the review.

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