Pleasure & Pain

From Pleasure & Pain comes this bottle of hot sauce, worryingly named Divine Torture. Provided by Scorchio, this dark brown concoction certainly looks innocuous enough in its Italian glass bottle, pretty much like any other chilli sauce I’ve seen recently. Then I read the label with its lovely artwork devil woman – it’s a dual extract sauce with big numbers, 6.4 million of them in fact. This one scares me, it may as well have been called extraordinary rendition torture and sent me to Guantanamo Bay. And I haven’t even opened the bottle yet.

Pleasure & Pain - Divine Torture

Pleasure & Pain - Divine Torture

It’s a collector’s piece and one to marvel at the packaging for, along with the limited edition hand written batch and item number. The bottle itself is stopped with a synthetic cork and covered with two levels of wax coating, the black and the gorgeous yellow, dripped down from above to form a unique seal on every bottle made. It’s a tough one to get into, and that should probably start the alarm bells ringing right there.

Ingredients: Aspall’s vinegar, scotch bonnets, 500,000 SHU chilli extract, water, naga jolokia chilli, 6,400,000 SHU chilli extract, black treacle, lemon, lime, mango, ginger, garlic, sea salt, vegetable oil.

Bottle kindly supplied by Scorchio

Once through to the sauce beneath the seals, the aroma that pops out can really only be described as toxic. The nasal passages shrink at the smells emanating from within and maybe even start to rot a little. It has to be done though, there’s no avoiding it – it’s time for the tasting spoon. It’s time to meet the fiery monster from the pits of chilli extract sauce hell.

This one takes your breath away; it isn’t just a hot sauce, it’s a new life form ready and willing to rip the flesh from inside my mouth, throat and stomach with its gnashing heat tentacles – and they’ve got barbed hooks at the end of them. The sauce doesn’t pour from the bottle either, it oozes out on a thousand legs, like a black oil ready to envelope the soul.

Yes folks, this is indeed an extreme sauce, one which tastes like molten tungsten, encrusted with Anamantium nails, and radioactive nails at that – the metallic flavour is there from the start and it’s unmissable. The experience is one of pain, from the initial taste, to the stomach lurching and lastly to the glory hole for that final sting a few hours later, before it says goodbye to Mr. Colon and hello to Mr. Porcelain.

Forget the flavour though, unless burning counts; there are hits from the fresh Scotch Bonnets and Naga chillies, the 500,000 SHU chilli extract and the 6.4 Million SHU chilli extract. It’s punishing, the extract heat building rapidly while gnawing away; and it’s un-relentless in its pyromaniac charge. However, something strange happens as it dies away, there’s a sweetness lingering on the tongue, and perhaps, along with the lovely endorphin rush, that’s the divine part.

If you like your sauces on the extreme scale, then no doubt you’re going to get a kick from the man test of eating it. A teaspoonful will be enough to add golden flames to a fair size chilli, so even at £8.99, this 100 ml will last for ages – and it is limited edition after all. But perhaps, just perhaps, this is one for the collection shelf to put away for those days when you’re too drunk to know any better. Proceed at your own risk, I’m off for some milk.

Flavour
(2/10)
Heat
(10/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
(6/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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Scorchio's Fiery Chilli Jellies

Scorchio's Fiery Chilli Jellies

I used to see chilli based sweets on my travels and now they are starting to appear here in the UK, a few weeks ago we had Habanero Gummy Bears, now we have some great looking mini chillies.

Tub of Fiery Chilli Jellies

Tub of Fiery Chilli Jellies

These are nice and chewy proper jelly sweets. After an initial sweet taste, that is soon pushed aside for a bit of chilli burn, while they are not amazingly hot, when you eat one at a time. A handful at a time slowly chewed can get a bit of a burn on..

Ingredients: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Gelatine, Water, Dextrose, Food Acid, Milk Protein, Acidity regulator, Flavouring (Including Hot Chilli), Coating Agent, Colours.

Tub kindly provided by Scorchio

They came in a 195g tub and are after eating a handful or so, I think I will stick to just one at a time, at £2.99 for a tub for such a specialist sweets they are excellent value. This tub won’t last long, but unlike the bears I don’t think I can get the kids to try them.

You can order then on-line along with a massive range of chilli products at www.scorchio.co.uk.

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

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Pleasure & Pain Fire Bucket

Pleasure & Pain Fire Bucket

Scorchio has a range of  product idea as Valentines gifts for your love one, So if you think your odds of winning our Chilli Hamper are getting a bit long, then why not order one of Scorchio.

The Pleasure & Pain Fire Bucket contains

  • 1 x Dried Naga Jolokia Chillies
  • 1 x Pleasure & Pain Organic Dark Naga Jolokia Chilli Chocolate
  • 1 x Pleasure & Pain Naughty Naga Hot Sauce
  • 1 x Pleasure & Pain Original Scorchin’ Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce
  • 1 x Pleasure & Pain Scorchin’ Scotch Bonnet & Lime Hot Sauce
  • 1 x Pleasure & Pain Smokin’ Scotch Bonnet & Mustard Hot Sauce
  • 1 x Fire Bucket

Click here to order yours today and make your Valentine a hot one.

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Pleasure & Pain Scorchin’ Scotch Bonnet & Lime Hot Sauce

Pleasure & Pain Scorchin’ Scotch Bonnet & Lime Hot Sauce

This being my first review for The Chile Foundry I thought I’d kick things off the way I’d like them to go on; with a right cracker of a sauce.

On the chopping block today is Pleasure & Pain’s Scorchin’ Scotch Bonnet & Lime Hot Sauce, I’m yet to try any of the ‘Pleasure & Pain’ range but first impressions are good, nice bottle and label design. Having finished admiring the devil-woman adorning the label I started reading; ‘Foxy Red worked up a sweat… squeezing her limes…’ OK, I’ll get back to Foxy later, ingredients first!

Scotch Bonnets – good!, Limes – not so. Truth be told, more often than not, too much citrus in a sauce ruins it for me, so my hopes for this sauce started to fade as I unscrewed the cap, that was until its sweet smell found my nostrils. I haven’t smelled a sauce this good in quite a while, I kept a cool head though, I’ve been stung before and I’m wise enough to know good smells don’t always equal good taste. I steadily poured a teaspoon full and tasted the goods… thankfully this sauce is a keeper!

There’s no messing about here, this sauce does exactly what it says on the label, and does it well. The Scotch Bonnets and Limes really pop out of the sauce, the Bonnets give it a good heat that goes straight for the tongue and the limes keep proceedings fresh and zingy. There’s a hint of garlic and tomato too but they are really just support to the main event. They’ve also left the Bonnet seeds in, some peeps prefer smooth sauce but seeds get the thumbs up from me.

INGREDIENTS: Fresh Scotch Bonnets (23%), Plum tomatoes, Cider Vinegar, Echalion Shallots, Garlic, Lemons, Tomato Puree, Limes, Honey, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Citric Acid.

Pleasure & Pain has ridden ‘side-sauce’ for a few meals now and it doesn’t disappoint, the only thing I’d watch out for is that it has such a strong limey taste it can easily and completely hide the taste of the food its on. I went a bit overboard saucing a pizza the other night and while eating it realised it could have had any topping as all I could taste was Lime and chilli (it was Hawaiian btw). I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the other sauces from this range.

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

The Pleasure & Pain range is exclusive to www.scorchio.co.uk, this bottle cost £4.99 for a 200ml bottle

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