My Fourth Season

Hot Ones

Happy thursday, everybody. As I mentioned in tuesday’s review, it’s now september and that means that we’re overdue for round four of my Hot Ones-style line-up. That set of ten sauces, that I update annually, designed to give you the best UK-centric replica of the show’s experience that I can.

I am, after all, a UK chilli reviewer. Which puts me in the perfect position to craft such a collection.

This year, however, I’ve been somewhat disappointed by the products showcased on First We Feast. They haven’t interested me nearly as much as those in past seasons.

So, instead of looking at what the real show does and trying to mimic it, I’m going to try and whip up the wildest collection of wing-friendly, ascending heat sauces that I can, this time.

But, if you are after a more traditional line-up, there’s always the Chilli Shop and Mojo’s Bar’s monthly 📽️Hot Ones challenge night📽️, here in leeds.

Hopefully, between that and today’s post, I’ve got all of the bases covered.

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Surinamese Piccalilli

Hey folks, I don’t know about you but, for me, time seems to be moving abnormally fast in our new, pandemic-stricken world. I mean, it’s already september, for crying out loud!

So, with that being the case, there’s a little something that I have to show you today. A somewhat different product from a previously featured producer that I’ve been keeping in reserve but is now fast approaching its best before date:

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This is the Surinamese from Farraday’s Tasty – A product which they claim, on their website, is a traditional surinamese-style pickle, yet describe, on the jar, as a spiced up piccalilli. Seemingly quite the contradiction, given that piccalilli is another example of british bangladeshi cuisine.

In actuality, though, it would appear that piccalilli found its way over there, somehow, and has become a major ingredient in the country’s traditional cooking. Albeit adulterated slightly, in order to fit the locals’ tastes.

Let’s see what’s changed, shall we?

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Jock Sauce

So, between Chilli of the Valley and A Bit of a Pickle, we’ve been seeing a lot of products from wales lately. That hasn’t been an intended theme but, at the same time, it’s not going to change today.

Why? Because I want to follow up last week’s sweet marmalades with something extra savoury and it just so happens to come from Jock’s Hot Sauce, across the border.

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This is their only product – Their smoked habanero and garlic – and it doesn’t look like anything special but that four word description was enough to sell me on it. As well as countless others, I’m sure, since they’ve been going strong for at least half a decade.

Smoke, richness and a habanero heat sounds like a fantastic combination. So let’s see if their sauce can deliver!

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Green & Punchy

Hey folks, its august and we’ve just had a whole load of fiery chocolate so, today, I’d like to kick off the new month with something just as punchy. Albeit more so in taste than in heat.

For my first august review of the year, I’m going back to Chilli of the Valley and trying out their green sauces: Their Hulk Juice and Jarlic.

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And yes, you might have heard that first name before but I’ve never given it a proper, written review. Only put its claim of being “clothes-rippingly good” to the test 🔥📽️over egg pizza📽️🔥.

So, today, I’m going to give it and its new art a real talking about, while I compare it to the company’s other garlic and jalapeño sauce. Because I’m very interested in seeing what’s different between them.

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The Reaper’s Plague

Hey folks, It’s less than a week until my birthday and I’d love to celebrate with you all but I’ve got the plague. Though maybe not the one that you’re thinking of.

Today, I’m talking about this little thing:

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The Black Death, from Chilli of the Valley. A special little something that they sent to fill the gap before my traditional, yearly suffering.

It’s a sinister blend of carolina reapers and black garlic, intended to serve as the appetiser to next monday’s main event. Something crazy hot and full of darkness, yet also rather more natural and flavour-focussed than what I’ll be doing for my special day.

And, while this one may have been a freebie, I had my eyes on it long before they sent this bottle over. So you’d better believe I’m excited to crack it open!

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Tri-Garlic Time

Hey folks, I’ve had this review in the back of my mind for a while now and, with so much sweet stuff on the site lately, I reckon now’s the perfect time for it. The ideal moment for the savoury garlic comparison that I’ve been planning ever since a garlic sauce proved my favourite in my tri-ginger tournament.

So, let’s meet the contestants, shall we?

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On the left, we have Torchbearer Sauces’ Garlic Reaper, as seen on Hot One’s eighth season. Probably the hottest of the bunch and definitely the palest, creamiest looking.

Then, on the right, we see Fire Foods’ Fire Garlic, with its equally to the point name and the bold, yet uninformative, branding that we’ve seen on all of the company’s products.

And finally, in the middle, lies Chilliscrumptious’ First Date. A sauce who’s packaging could say everything or nothing, depending on how much you’re willing to turn the bottle. Here it is from a couple different angles to show you what I mean:

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The art, company name and sauce name are all on different sides, making this bottle a real pain in the neck to display, but the garlic bulbs in the background certainly ram home what it’s all about and I did love their coffee sauce.

So I have to know, how does this little scotch bonnet number stack up against the ghost and reaper of its equally garlic-themed competitors?

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Sweet Chilli Cranberry

So, at the end of last week’s review, I promised you cayenne and I intend to deliver. Yet what you’re seeing, this week, might not be quite what you expected.

You see, Mahi have been pretty busy since we last saw them and they’ve brought out a whole new range of fruitier sauces. Everything from Tamarind & Mango to Reaper & Pineapple but the one that caught my eye was this:

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Their Cranberry & Cayenne.

Something on the milder side, yes, but still high enough up the scale to state its chilli Which is exactly what I’m into – Interesting pairings with specific pepper flavours. So let’s see how this one does, shall we?

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Tri-Ginger Tournament

Happy tuesday everyone, this week, I’m wanting to look at some ginger chilli sauces. Three rather different ones, all with a bit of asian inspiration and all from companies that we know well:

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To start, we have The Upton Cheyney Chilli Company’s Roast Garlic & Ginger. A dark brown, almost black sauce from the makers of both Megalodon and a great Red Habanero, Mango & Lime concoction.

They’ve been pestering me to try today’s for quite a while but, before I do, allow me to at least introduce the others that are going to feature alongside it. We have:

A similarly-named Ginger & Garlic sauce from Kent Chilli Shop’s Hot Face brand, coming in hot on the heels of their unexpectedly amazing 📽️ Reaper Extreme 📽️ sauce.

And, from the Queen Majesty, who brought us the sophisticated yet unapologetic Red Habanero & Black Coffee, a simple Scotch Bonnet and Ginger number that I’m sure will be a lot less ordinary than its name implies.

Three solid makers and three equally solid-sounding flavours but how will they hold up in today’s comparison review?

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Festive Fury

So it’s been a long and busy week, at least for me, dear readers, but tuesday has finally found its way back around. Which means it’s time for another review.

Today’s piece features the last item in my backlog from Prices Spices and it does so for good reason. Just look at that jar:

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Sure, it looks small, dark and evil but it also says “Plum & Moruga Scorpion Chilli Preserve” in light, pinky-purple text. Text that, to me at least, implies dark red fruit used to create a rich yet vibrant, cranberry-esque jam for the christmas season. A jam that would be just perfect over equally flavourful roast meats and cheese that’s either tangy or pungent.

Sadly, this isn’t that product but, as december draws ever closer, I’m going to shine a spotlight on it, anyway, so that you can see what the Horners Aftermath Chilli Jam really is.

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Honest Chutney

Hey there everybody. Last week, we looked at what was supposed to be a smoky mango sauce and, while it was pretty tasty, it most certainly wasn’t what it said on the label. So, in order to get our fix of the fruit and celebrate national curry week correctly, I’m going to spend today’s post looking at a pair of chutneys:

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A pair that promise the same product type, yet take it in completely different directions, with completely different chillies.

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