Cider Vinegar

The Great Dorset Chilli Festival - Official Festival SauceNow you can only get a bottle of this sauce if you attend  The Dorset Chilli Festivall this weekend, I was lucky to get sent a bottle to review before the event, but I will still be going on the Sunday.. so say Hello.

This sauce is a very limited edition made by The Upton Cheyney Chilli Company just for the event, I have a very soft spot for Louise who has made one of my favourite sauces of all time The Upton Cheyney Oak Smoked Chipotle Sauce which scored an 11/10 for flavour.

On opening the bottle there is an aroma of apples and ginger, the sauces pours very well being slightly thickened with the cider apples and the initial taste comes from the apples, then this is swept aside by the Ginger and Garlic, but mostly the Ginger. This is not a searing ginger type heat, the combination of the sugar and the tart cider apples mellows the ginger nicely.

The chilli heat from the sauce is also tempered by the sugar and provides a nice warm glow, this is a dipping sauce, not like a sweet chilli dipping sauce it is not that sweet and sticky, this is much more grown up.

Ingredients: Sugar, Cider Vinegar, Cider Apple, Water, Ginger, Garlic & Chillies (Dorset Naga and Super Chillies).

Bottle kindly supplied by  The Dorset Chilli Festival &  The Upton Cheyney Chilli Company

Use this to add flavour as a condiment, sauces like this do not do well when cooked with there unique flavour works best as a contrast the the dish, dip your spring rolls  or you Thai fish cakes, or use on some packed salmon with some stir fried veg and this would be in its element..

I would expect this to retail and about the £4.00 area like most of the Upton Cheyney sauces and you are getting a very good sauce for you money, Louise has a definite talent for making sauces.

So now it is Friday today, so get your self ready for a trip to the The Dorset Chilli Festival tomorrow or Sunday and if the weather is clear you are in for an exceptional day out.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(5/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

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Whassup my chilli padawanz?? Well its been a hot week, but now back to some nice, crappy english weather..lets hope it clears up before the GREAT DORSET CHILLI FESTIVAL!! Which is this weekend coming btw, 4th and 5th of August!! BE THERE!!

The sauce I’m reviewing today is actually making its limited edition debut at the GDCF this weekend, what a happy coincidence!! The sauce comes from a company that needs no introduction, the Wiltshire Chilli Farm, run by Jamie Sythes! Relatively new to the game, they have nonetheless brought out some cracking sauces over the past few years, and this one is no different!

Ingredients: Choc Habanero (40%), Cider Vinegar, Tomato, Brown Sugar, Raw Cacao, Salt, Spices.

As you can see, a relatively small list of ingredients, with the choc habanero itself being the main one! Btw, for those that don’t know, please don’t mistake the “Chocolate” part of any chilli name as anything sweet and chocolatey, what it refers to is the colour, and let me tell you…most “chocolate” anything in the chilli world is DEATH ON A STICK!!

This particular sauce follows Jamie’s latest trend of creating a sauce that is ALL about the chilli itself, and therefore he only puts them with ingredients that would help the chilli flavour come out of the sauce and hit you hard, and that is exactly what it does….

As you just witnessed, this is one tasty but BLOODY HOT sauce, the full flavour and fire of the “Chocolate” Habanero is very, VERY thoroughly represented in this one (I put the term “Chocolate” in inverted comma’s because as a chocoholic i personally resent anything that deals out this much hot death being called “Chocolate”, grrrr).

C.Chinense - Chocolate Habanero

The heat of this one actually took me by surprise, and I *think* it may well be the hottest I have tasted from the Wiltshire Chilli Farm, seeing as they don’t use extract in any of their sauces it also means that while being bloody hot, it doesn’t also taste of shit to boot, in fact it tastes bloody lovely!

You will be able to pick this up at the GDCF THIS WEEKEND!!! OMFG THIS WEEKEND IS THE GREAT DORSET CHILLI FESTIVAL!!??? DARTH WHY DIDN’T SAY SOMETHING??? *ahem* my apologies for that little outburst there, the sauce will be £4 for a 100ml bottle, or you can get it discounted as part of Jamie’s 3 for £10 offer that he does especially for festivals, and at that sort of price, you can’t afford NOT to!

Right, I will hopefully see a ton of you this weekend, where at I hear you ask? yes THE GREAT DORSET CHILLI FESTIVAL OF COURSE!! So hopefully I’ll see you all there, and for those that I don’t, well then may the sauce be with you, always!!!

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

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South Devon Chilli Farm - Ring Of FireThe South Devon Chilli Farm is the first Chilli Farm I ever visited while I was still getting into the Chilli scene. This was in their early days before the development of a second site. So on to the sauce, this time it’s their Ring of Fire Chilli Sauce. I took great interest in this sauce when I unpacked it from the box as I am growing the Ring of Fire Chilli for the first time this year.

This sauce comes in their standard 100ml bottle size, a little smaller than the average but that’s often the case with a higher percentage chilli content, and this sauce is 60% Chilli.

The label is simple, clear carrying the company’s logo and usual information.

The heat rating however is not obvious, it is quite small and hidden at the bottom of the extra information part of the label, not a problem to someone who can take the heat but could mean someone trying this who isn’t used to hot foods.

Looking past the label, the sauce is a green colour which is a nice change from the usual reds/oranges. Once the cap is removed I am immediately hit by the lemon juice and vinegar and then the chilli.

Ingredients: Fresh Ring of Fire Chillies 60%,Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Salt

Bottle kindly supplied by South Devon Chilli Farm

So on to the tasting, the sauce pours well and has some texture to it, it has seeds in it and some red flecks so I am assuming that the majority of the sauce is made with unripe pods and a few ripe red ones are put in to add some colour (and a little extra heat)

There is an immediate citrus taste, followed by the heat of the chillies and the inevitable vinegar. The heat then takes over and is not uncomfortable and leaves a lasting burn on the tongue.

Overall this is a great little sauce, some might be put off by the colour but it makes a refreshing change, and at £3.57 is fairly standard for a 100ml bottle.

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

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Simpson's Seeds - Horny GoatI have know Matt and his family at Simpson’s Seeds for a long time, Matt is a well know expert at growing chillies and they supply gardening enthusiasts with an impressive range of Chillies, Tomatoes and other Vegetable seeds and plants from there nursery in The Walled Garden Nursury that is part of the Longleat Estate in Horningsham. 

As part of the seed production process they de-seed the chillies leaving them with a lot of chilli flesh, ideal for production of chilli sauces, this sauces is based on their Goat Horn Chilli, which they describe High Yielding chilli with a  mild to medium heat, it is a member of the Caspicum Annuum species and produces dark green pods  up to about 15cm long and 1cm diameter that ripen to a bright red.

The sauce is a dark reddish orange colour and on cracking the lid it smells lightly of garlic and cider vinegar, the initial taste is from the black pepper which is nicely sweetened by the fruit juice and honey, the honey leaving a slight stickyness on the lips. The heat is on the mild side but the flavour is a complete delight, if like me you are a fan of black pepper, this one is a winner, let hope he can make this a regular product.

Ingredients: Cider Vinegar, Fruit Juice, Onion, Sugar, Sweet Peppers, Honey, Goat Horn Chillies (9%) Garlic, Smoked Cayenne Powder, Black pepper, Salt, Dried Herbs.

Bottle kindly provided by Simpsons Seeds

Now all of Matt’s sauces are limited editions, but you should be able to pick up a bottle at the nursery (Check the web site for opening times) or at the many events that Simpsons have a stall while stocks last. I would also recommend you take a look at the Simpson’s web site where you can pick up a copy of Matt’s excellent book Chilli, Chili, Chile or even his Tomato Book

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(4/10)
Value
TBA
Overall
(7/10)

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