2016

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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We have talked about creating an awards scheme for the past few years and I always put it off for another year. I wanted to create an award scheme that is similar to the Great Taste Awards, or the Chelsea Flower Show RHS Awards but just for chilli based products.

chelsea-2010-Sample

The proposed ChileFoundry awards would provide Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to products that we think are exceptional. There would be some basic categories, but each category could have any number of each level of awards within them. We would also provide awards to companies that we think have done exceptional work during the year to promote the UK chilli scene.

The plan is to start promoting the awards in March with the awards being awarded in August/September, we will be sending out information emails to as many companies as we know about. The Awards will also be promoted in the national/local and specialist press.

Designs of the certificates is under way ready for examples to be ready for March 2016, for the first year to enter a product is completely free. We will see how much it costs us to run the awards. We will also be looking at some of the UK chilli festivals to see if we can make the awards at one of the UK events.

The 2015 Chilefoundry Award

This year however we are giving away just one award. We are looking for a company/individual that has impressed us/you with their effort and commitment and enthusiasm to promote and expand their business. This is open to anyone involved in the UK chilli market.

We would like you to propose who you think should get the 2015 award using the form below, we will then make our selection based on recommendations.

[contact-form to=’info@chilefoundry.co.uk’ subject=’2015 Chilefoundry Award Proposal’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Company/individual’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Web Site’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Why I am proposing them’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

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