Hey folks, last week we saw a fantastic szechuan-style sauce, marred by a name that paid homage to a particularly crass joke. So, today, we’re going to keep things rather classier, with what is easily the most fancily packaged product that I’ve ever featured:
This stylish little chipotle sauce was sent to me by Chilli No. 5, who’ve clearly drawn inspiration from big name perfume brands for their presentation. Yet they still manage to allude to high-end cuisine with the sauce smear at the base of their metallic green logo.
The colour of which also hints at what sets this particular product apart from the rest of their range: Its CBD content.
For those of you who don’t know about cannabidiol isolate, commonly abbreviated to CBD, I covered it in my last 🔥CBD sauce review🔥. And, while more research has been conducted since then, I don’t believe that anything new has been proven.
Some of the compound’s suggested benefits have gained a little more evidence in the last couple of years. Most notably its ability to help reduce anxiety and aid sleep, which no longer seems to be written off as purely a negative side effect. But the exact effects of CBD on the brain still aren’t fully understood.
All we know for sure is that it has none of the psychotropic effects of its related compounds and that, in high quantities, it can prevent epileptic seizures. Though it’s still very much possible that it could help with other issues, too. Such as the anxiety and sleep regulation mentioned above, pain relief, depression, acne and heart health, to name but a few.
I am not a neuroscientist, so I can only go so far in assessing the claims made. Yet I’d like to think that, by this point, I am an expert in assessing hot sauce. And this one is beautiful!
Within the box is a one hundred mil bottle, adorned in the same black as the exterior and carrying the same, metallic green company logo. Only now with “LIMITED EDITION 20/50” slapped between their name and the smear, in white block capitals. Signifying that there are only thirty (or less) bottles left of this batch.
So, if the rest of this review tempts you, I’d advise you pick it up quick. Though I have been assured that it’ll return again next year.
For now, however, its looks are captivating. Not because of the label but because of how well the black and metallic green work against the absolutely stunning colour of the sauce, itself. Visible through the glass at the sides, yet also just that little bit clearer still on my spoon:
A beautifully vibrant, yet earthy, warm orange-brown, dotted with the tiniest of red, black and light brown specks. The smoothness of its oil-blended texture immediately apparent from the sight of its surface.
Chilli No. 5 have not skimped on the CBD at all!
But, as smooth as it is, this sauce is also sharp. It hits my tongue with a not quite immediate, yet definitely both quick and sudden, low
sting across the right hand side. Telling me with near certainty that there’s no reaper in the company’s secret blend but that whatever does go into it averages out at around a habanero’s heat.
It’s not 📽️the hottest chipotle sauce that I’ve ever had📽️ but it sure is up there. And, as the tongue heat quickly fades away, the burn continues in the upper back of my throat. Proving quite the shock in a product that I was warned might actually be too mild for me.
And the surprises don’t stop there, either. Because, while the heat may be sharp and sudden, the flavour isn’t nearly as harsh and abrasive as hickory smoke can often get.
It’s as smooth as the sauce’s silken texture, starting with rich, cooked tomatoes, aided by the twin garlic varieties and a gentle sweetness from the honey, sugar and cognac. Yet that soon gives way to the smoke and subtle, contrasting bitterness of the chipotle, hickory and paprika. All the while a herbal undertone, neither quite thyme nor the taste of CBD itself, adds an almost barbacoa element.
Chilli No. 5 call this a barbecue sauce and it’s certainly going to work in a lot of the same ways but it definitely isn’t the sticky, molassesy thing that I think of when that genre comes up. It’s far more smooth and complex of a smoky sauce and, dare I say, even more usable. Making an incredible addition to con carne, lasagne, jacket potatoes, potato salad and soups, alongside all of the usual smoked or roasted meat dishes.
The chipotle CBD is an incredibly multi-purpose and delicious sauce, made from:
Chilli No. 5 Secret Chilli Pepper Mix (Chilli), CBD Oil, Plum Tomato, Red Pepper, Red Onion, Black & White Garlic, Fresh Thyme, Cognac, Dijon Mustard, Honey, Dark Brown & Cane Sugar, Apple Cider & Distilled Vinegar (Sulphides), Smoked Paprika, Chipotle Pepper, Fenugreek, Inulin, Guarana, Peruvian Maca, Korean Ginseng, L-Argenine.
And we’ll talk about its various different health supplements in future reviews. Since, if the company’s other creations are even a fraction of this quality, I’m going to have to have a long and tasty working relationship with these guys.
For now, though, you can find all of their claimed benefits on their website, linked in my sidebar, and more of their chipotle chilli on this here encyclopedia page.