Pineapple

The Smokey Upton Dragon

The Smokey Upton Dragon

The residents of Bristol I hear tell stories of a not so far off land to the east, where there be Dragons in the hills, the smoke  from these Dragons can be seen billowing gently from behind farms, in  the little hamlet of Upton Cheyney

I guess the traditional Chilli that we smoke is the Jalapeño which becomes the Chipotle, well over the past couple of years I have tasted all sorts of Chillies that have been smoked with all sorts of woods. You may think that we would have a tendency to smoke here in the UK as our weather is not up to drying under the sun.. but this is much more a gourmet thing.

Today’s sauce is from one of the UK best sauce makers, they have made the one sauce I have awarded an 11/10 for  it wonderful savoury flavour, this is a sweet sauce, which are not always my favourite, and people who know me well know I would pick Pineapple off a pizza.. So fingers crossed this is not going to be a one I wish I had not tried.

Ingredients: Pineapple, Sugar, Honey, Onion, Oak Smoked Habanero, Lime, Garlic.

Bottle kindly provided by the dragon keepers of Upton Cheyney

On popping the lid, it does not have the expected sweet smell, but I can detect the Oak smoke and the Lime and Garlic, not what I was expecting, but then Louise (Who I am told is defiantly not the Upton Dragon) is a master in the kitchen. First taste is mildly of sweet Pineapple that followed by the smoked Habaneros, it is sweet but not as sweet as the ingredients make it sound.

While this would make a superb dipping sauce, it works so well as the basis of a salsa adding both heat and flavour, also dripping a little on the last of the sausages rolls is just divine.

The 140ml bottle costs just £4.00, and knowing the smokey flavour comes from Chilli grown and smoked on the farm makes it seem all the better, I must get myself up to the Farm to visit Alex and Louise and see the new smoker in action.

Don’t forget that The Upton Cheyney Chilli Co put one a great Chilli Festival each year, we would not miss it, visit their site for more details and to order on-line.

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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Hi guys, Scooby here after another busy week. But luckily managed to squeeze some time in for another review. This one is from The Wilshire Chilli Farm, and is called Pineapple Chilli sauce.

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm - Pineapple Chilli Sauce

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm - Pineapple Chilli Sauce

Flawless label which does not beat around the bush, straight into what it is with no messing about. Mainly a black label with a yellow chilli banner and yellow chilli’s on it really catches your eye. The sauce glistens with a golden glow that shimmers and shines when held up to the light. If this was a juice it would have on the label, ‘with pulp’, as it looks viscous with the smallest pieces of pineapple, but at the same time smooth. Upon tipping the bottle, the sauce glides from one end of the bottle to the other making the seeds and black flecks visible which I presume are the juniper berries.

Ingredients: Pineapple (30%), Mango, Cider vinegar, Sugar, Lime, Chilli (2%), Salt, Juniper berries, Spices.

I can not stare at this bottle anymore so I guess I’m going to crack it open and give it a sniff. WOOOOOOWWWWW, a rush of sweetness and peppers. Not pineapple though initially, mainly the mango which is surprising. There is definitely pineapple in there too but predominantly the mango as well as a superb scent of chilli. There is the slightest and I mean slightest nose of the vinegar. ‘Shut up Scooby just eat it’!

My tongue has just taken a trip to paradise. The pineapple and mango compliment each other beautifully and it falls perfectly in line with the chilli. The warmth from this sauce is spot on for the sweetness and texture. Swirling it around my mouth I’m expecting the heat to increase and kill the flavour, but no. You get the warmth straight away, just as this sweet nectar coats your mouth and even after swallowing this flavour hangs, just as if I have left it there. This sauce is spectacular in appearance and flavour. The Chilli flavour itself I have to say if fairly mild, almost as like the chilli’s are purely there for the warmth. I don’t know if this is meant to be the case or not but either way it has hit the nail on the head. Any changes to this sauce would be like stealing candy from a baby, WRONG!

This sauce is definitely summery ultimately but I can’t help picturing it on my plate with my pork roast as a change to the usual apple sauce. This is without a doubt a sauce that I will be personally keeping in my kitchen cupboard with ‘Scooby only’ scribbled on it :D A must have sauce for all (but hands off my bottle).

The bottle is 140ml and I believe is £3.75, dirt cheap for what you are getting. To get your hands on some of this before I stock up, go to www.justchillies.co.uk

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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Sinful Sauces Passion

Sinful Sauces Passion

Sinful Sauces 7 Deadly Sins is a range of sauces going from mild in seven steps to extreme, today we are looking at #2 passion.

This sauce is a dark yellow, semi translucent colour with some large black passion fruit seeds floating in the mix, the Passion fruit is a native of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina and is now grown commercially around the world.

Passionfruit

Passionfruit

The Passion fruit is no stranger to the chilli, in Mexico the Passion fruit is eaten raw with Chilli power and lime juice.

On opening the sauce smell sweetly of Pineapple, with hints of the cider vinegar, the sauce is thick with the flesh of the pineapple and passion fruit.

The sauce does not have a string flavour, but imparts a an exotic fruit smoothie flavour of sweet ripe pineapple with the passion fruit coming through it, then the Cider Vinegar and the wonderful flavour of the Orange Habs with there warmth.

Ingredients: Pineapple (56%), Passionfruit (18%), Sugar, Cider Vinegar, Orange Habanero (6%).

Bottle kindly provided by Sinful Sauces

If anything it is not as an intense fruit flavour as I was hoping for, but having said that it is very very fresh flavour.  It’s could easily be lost  if used in cooking, so best to use this were you can get the best use of flavour.  Adding it as a condiment to roast chicken salad, or as the base of a citrus salad dressing.

Passion Salad Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp Sinful Sauces Hot Sauce
  • 30 ml Olive Oil or light Vegetable Oil
  • 30 ml Cider Vinegar

Place all the ingredients in a  small glass bowl and whisk together just before use.

Sinful Sauces recommended using it Chicken, Pork or on Vanilla ice cream, the ice cream idea sound a great idea, the sweet warmth of the sauce would be wonderful.

You can order this sauces along with the rest of the range at their web site www.sinfulsauces.co.uk at £4.50 a bottle, it is not cheap, but I think it is well worth it for such a unique sauce.

Flavour
(6.5/10)
Heat
(4.5/10)
Packaging
(9.5/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

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ChilliPepperPete's Naga Head Hunter Chilli Sauce

ChilliPepperPete's Naga Head Hunter Chilli Sauce

This is the hottest sauces from ChilliPepperPete that does not contain extract, it is packed with fresh Naga Jolokia Chillies from Pete’s Spanish connection, as well as some dried Naga Chillies as well, just incase this was not hot enough.

The sauce is a nice thick consistency, with a very bright red colour, if I had not read the label I would be expecting it to contain a food colouring to get this colour.  On opening the bottle the smell is fantastic, a kind of sweet, tomato, but much better than I can find words to describe it.

I am expecting this to be a pretty extreme sauce, so I am being very tentative with the quantity I am tasting, and I am still finding it very hot, it is instant heat as it hits my tongue, but while burning its way around my mouth, I can start to taste the sweet pineapple and tomato.

I think with these wonderful super hot chillies, extract sauces may have had there day, this sauce has flavour and about as much heat as I wanted today and after I cooled down the flavour is well matched to it.

Ingredients: Pineapple, Tomato, Onions, Fresh Spanish Naga Chilli, Dried Naga Chilli, Aleppo Chilli, Sugar, Garlic, Salt.

Bottle kindly provided by ChilliPepperPete

With the heat from the Naga’s the Pineapple and Tomato, this sauce works for me as a condiment with some boiled rice (as I write this I am doing a Detox, so it is great with all the brown rice), but it would also work well to pep up almost any stew or casserole.

Not overly sure about the latest label designs, I love the web site design, but these latest labels seem to be a departure from that style, for me they are  not easy to see the image, but this does not detract from the quality of the sauces Pete and is team make.

All of Pete’s sauces are good value for money, and at £4.00 a bottle this one is well worth adding to you collection.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(9/10)
Packaging
(6.5/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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