Sinful Sauces

Sinful Sauces

Sinful Sauces

You have until the 31st  May 2012 to save yourself 15% on all of the Sinful Sauces sauce products using the code SIN15 at the checkout.

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Sinful Sauces - The Range

Sinful Sauces – The Range

You can get a 10% discount on any order at Sinful Sauces until midnight on the 31st March 2012 by using the on-line discount code SINBBQ12, so time to stock up for the BBQ this weekend.

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Sinful Sauces Fatalii and Juniper Pickle

Sinful Sauces Fatalii and Juniper Pickle

Sinful Sauces are one of the great success stories in the UK chilli market during recent years. In less than two years Paul & Kelly (who are based in Northampton) have turned their fledgling venture into a real success story, winning the ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Label’, 2011 National Chill Awards.

I first met Paul & Kelly at their stand in the West Dean Fiesta 2011 and as well as finding them to be affable and bounding in enthusiasm despite the chaos of the crowds overwhelming their stall, I found their product ranges to have some unique & great tasting combinations. So I was really looking forward to tasting their latest pickle, ‘Fatalii & Juniper’ when they kindly supplied me a jar of it for review.

The label on the jar has the distinctive gothic like Sinful ‘S’ on a glossy black background containing other smaller grey gothic ‘S’s. Simplistic in design but very unique and eye catching.

Ingredients: Fatalii Chillies (80%), Onions, White Wine Vinegar, Rapeseed Oil, Juniper Berries, Black Pepper, Lemon, Lime, Garlic, Spices.

Jar kindly provided by Sinful Sauces

Looking at the ingredients I know I’m in for a “heat treat“ given the percentage of Fatalii chillies used. The Fatalii chilli originates from the central / South Africa region and has a citrus, fruity flavour and a serious kick, with the chilli being rated between 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville units. The other more unusual ingredient listed is juniper berries. I say unusual because although I’ve tasted Juniper berries before I’ve never had them with chillies. Juniper berries are primarily known for being the key flavouring for Gin (Gin being a shortening of the word ‘Genever’ which is Dutch for ‘juniper’) but they are also used in cuisine to make a juniper berry sauce which is used to accompany game meats such as pheasant, rabbit and venison.

Opening the jar and inhaling I first begin to smell the distinctive aroma of the juniper berries along with the citrus tones from the Fatalii’s and hints of lemon. I can also detect the scent of the onion, rapeseed oil and white wine vinegar. In combination all these ingredient give the pickle a light and very fresh scent. Taking a spoonful of the product out of the jar I can see it is mustard yellow in colour. It has a fine texture with the Fatalii flesh and finely chopped onion and pieces of garlic being clearly seen, but I can also see some juniper seeds and flecks of pepper in the body of the pickle.

As I eat the spoonful I clearly taste the flavour of the juniper berries mixed with the citrus flavour of the Fatalii’s. I can also discern the flavours of the rapeseed oil and white wine vinegar which balance well with the citrus tones. Surprisingly the taste of the onion and garlic present comes through more subtly than I expected – the citrus & juniper flavours work really well together here in ensuring that the flavours of the onion and garlic are kept in check and don’t dominate. Overall the result is a very light, clean and fresh tasting pickle. This is something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing however as pretty quickly the heat from the chillies kicks in and the burn begins to envelop my mouth. It’s a nice hot burn and as I eat more of the pickle I can feel my lips beginning to burn and as well my sinus cavities clearing.

The labelling suggests this works really well with game, red meat, chicken, fish & cheese. Unfortunately I don’t have any game meats to hand so I try the pickle “ploughman’s style” with some good cheddar cheese, and I have to say it works fantastically well in combination with it. So much so in fact that I soon realise that with all this tasting I’ve gotten through ¾ of the jar!

At only £3.95 directly from www.sinfulsauces.co.uk this is a pickle that has a very unique, fresh taste and comes with a ‘sinfully’ addictive warning! Definitely one to try.

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

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Sinful Sauces Wicked

Sinful Sauces Wicked

If I was to say the name ‘Sinful Sauces’ to you, what would be the first thing to spring into mind? Devilishly hot? Exceptionally flavoursome? Whatever it is, for me, its pride. And these guys must be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished in over such a short period of time. National chilli awards winner 2011? Best newcomer? Best label? Don’t ask me what’s so great about their products, just get your butt to www.sinfulsauces.co.uk and find out for yourself. I first met this duo down at the Mendlesham Chilli Fiesta in Suffolk last year and was taken aback by their wide range of products from mild, to bloody hot! (Envy to Bliss as they like to say) Products include sauces, spreads, pickles, clothing and giftsets.

The sauce I am reviewing today is Wicked (Hot). And as always, their packaging is stylish, attaractive, fresh and above all, DAMN SEXY! Black glossy label with their trademark Sinful sauce logo and of course, the cheeky devil giving you the teasing wink egging you on to try some sauce. Even the shrink wrap top to the bottle has been placed perfectly on the lid.

This is without a doubt a faultless style of packaging. A real trendsetter. The sauce itself looks rich, red with hint of orange and a loose pulpy texture. Sauce gently flows from one end of the bottle to the other. Once again I must say the word ‘pride’, as they boast using 100% natural ingredients in their products. So what’s in the bottle?????

Ingredients: Roasted Red Peppers (35%), Tomatoes (24%), Red onions, Red Hot Serrano (10%), Sugar, Red Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Black pepper, Rosemary, Olive oil, Salt.

Chilli and garlic together? Sounds spot on to me. I have to open the bottle now but I am struggling to. It seems wrong. Bugger it, I have to try it. Off comes the lid. Straight away a sweet onion smell greets me with a mild Chilli aroma beside it. The tomato smell that comes with it reminds me strangely of spag bol, weird hey. Maybe its mixing with the rosemary to give me that? Either way it smells awesome. Lets have a taste.

Okay now that’s crazy. The sauce actually gives me the feeling that it is warm? Not a chilli hot warm, I mean like it has been popped in the microwave for a few seconds. You get the chilli warmth with it too as well as a beautiful tomato and onion flavour and a slight herby background from the rosemary. Rich roasted flavour from the peppers which takes this sauce to an amazing level of flavour and the heat level is bang on. Texture is smooth and welcoming and encourages more and more of this sauce to be eaten. Very versatile I say, good for most dishes and meals. Heat level is hot but not blistering. If you want to ramp up the heat then have lots, if you want it milder then have a little, simple as that.

So, one question remains. Why the hell are you still reading this and not ordering it??? I’ve just said its one hell of a sauce 😀 You will definitely not be let down with any of their products. Still reading? O come on, www.sinfulsauces.co.uk.

Bottle kindly supplied by www.sinfulsauces.co.uk and costs only £4.50 for a 148ml bottle. Until next time my fellow Chilliheads remember, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(10/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(9.5/10)

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