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Saturday 21 June 2014

Review - Blair's Q Heat Chipotle Slam

When the aromas were interesting and bringing back some memories of notes of the Original Death that I appreciated to use in the past, as a Chipotle lover I thought that it would be a good idea to splash my pork chops with it.
Wrong idea, it just ruined them.

Ingredients: Habanero, purified water, lime juice, carrots, white vinegar, red Jalapeno, Chipotle, fresh garlic, salt, tomato paste, cilantro, Cayenne, cane sugar, paprika, onion powder, spices, vitamin C.

The texture is smooth and can be poured easily like too much too late, and sticks on the food.

The flavours have been really disappointing and this is how reality can kill dreams.

Acidic, Acidic, Acidic,... The blend is like it took all the wrong sides of good ingredients, it's a mix of acidity from the vinegar, lime juice and tomato paste with its special bonus: bitterness!

The smokey flavour of the Chipotle is hidden by this acidic taste and by a kind of strong flavour like essential oils of herbs, overdose.

There's a bit of Habanero in it or on it at least, on the label, mostly a load of Cayenne hardly bringing a zing when you get a arg as if you were drinking pure lime juice pinching your nose.

Good thing about it?...Let's see...It contains some Vitamin C...but it's only used to keep the colour!!

Aromas: 4/10

Flavour: 2/10

Heat: 2/10

Verdict: A very disappointing sauce, it seemed like a gourmet sauce from its label and I was expecting pleasant flavours as its aromas could have suggested it.
When you have now such talented artisans who craft really tasty and REAL gourmet sauces, Chipotle Slam is a fake gourmet, it's clearly behind the wagon.
For a sauce with such a name, a possible definition could be that the chipotle smokey flavour has been slammed by the agressivity of the other ingredients.

Would I suggest this sauce to Chipotle lovers: No. / to friends: No.

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Monday 2 September 2013

Review - The Madison Chocolatiers West Paté de Pepper Fruit

I heard about The Madison Chocolatiers West last year when I was reading many great feedbacks about their high quality chocolates, which are as they like to say 'Love in Chocolate', made with a lot of talent in terms of ingredients blend and artistic sense, chosing only the best quality products thanks to the mastery and ingeniosity that they have gathered through years of dedication in 'chocolaterie' creations.

With so much interest for them, I had read enough about them and was really eager to try some of their products...Ok, actually I thought that I wanted to try 'each one of them'!!
By chance I saw that they were raising funds through the website Growing Pains (and they still are as of today at this address), that is how taking part of this project allowed me to receive a box full of yumminesses, and luckily there was a 'Paté de Pepper fruit'!

Paté de Pepper Fruit 1

This is a PBJ (Peanut Butter and Jelly) cup made for I Love It Spicy. This one is a very limited edition PBJ with a blueberry lemon peanut butter filling, that is loaded with hot peppers and topped with candied yellow Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. It has about 5 superhots in there from a custom blend of peppers called the P~Bomb, plus pure cap powder.
Currently there are 15 bags, most will be heading to the Chile Pepper Festival taking place on September 6 th & 7 th 2013 at Bowers PA.

With a lot of curiousity and no apprehension, which would be qualified for recklessness now, I decided to taste the now infamous 'I Love It Spicy PBJ cup Paté de Pepper Fruit'!!
From the outside it looks like an innocent chocolate cup with a pretty topping of candied Moruga, pretty aromas of good chocolate that could make you drool just thinking about it! (now you see...)
Taking the first bite, as the chocolated is splited we cans ee the inside, we can see a nice peanut butter in the middle of the cup, very pleasant to chew and absolutely not the kind of peanut butter that sticks to your teeth, but a nice texture very tender.
Now let's focus to "La Dégustation"!

It starts with a pretty nice taste of a good chocolate, followed by the peanut butter and a salty note, mixed with some sweet little notes of blueberry lemon, like integrated in the whole flavour.
Suddenly, I feel the distinctive flavour of superhot peppers, and at this time during less than 1 second I have been wondering about the heat level that was going to kick in like a 'what is...'.

Paté de Pepper Fruit 2

The heat came in like a punch, knocked in the back of the throat (translated this means that it gave me hiccups!), I was sure that it had some Trinidad Scorpion or Moruga Scorpion powder.
I prefered to read the ingredient lists after having tasted it, and from what Renee told me after there were some candied Yellow Moruga Scorpion peppers with a superhot peppers blend and pure cap, but I knew that after, a bit too late what a surprise!
The candied Moruga were like explosive little nuggets with a burn increasing fast and staying a while, but with style!

Paté de Pepper fruit3
This was the 1st prototype that Renee and Ricky made for Al Buddah Goldenberg with an incredible PB & J filling, this was the original one with the Raspbanero and PB milk chocolate cup.

Overall impression:

Rating 4,5
This one for sure will please the serious gourmet chilehead! If you like chocolates and are in for the flavour as much as for the heat, then now you know where you should be heading to as soon as possible, as this is a limited edition.

You can find more informations about The Madison Chocolatiers West and buy there products here:
You can also check their website for further informations.
And don't forget to check I Love It Spicy website for hot products reviews and useful informations about the Fiery Food Industry .

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