A Game of Growing

Happy thursday everyone, today we’re finally looking at something that I promised was incoming way back in february.

Scoville, from Tasty Minstrel Games and first time designer, Ed Marriot.

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It’s a board game with an excellently designed front cover that immediately shows off both its artistic style and the three main points of its theming. The first of those, already obvious from the name (at least to those of us with an interest in hot food), being chillies.

But its the other two that really tell us what’s going on with this game.

The most prominent image on the box isn’t so much the chilli but the trophy that it’s attached to, held tight by a rather muddied gardening glove.

Because this game is about competing and its about chilli growing. It’s about sharing a farm with your friends and competing to gather peppers. And its a lot more nuanced than that sounds.

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Super Smoky Syrup

Hey folks, last month we looked at a delicious new product that I got at Reading Chilli Festival but this month I have something even newer for you.

This week’s product comes to you from Burning Desire Foods, is a little more out there than a sauce and was actually released on the day of the event. What I have for you is their chipotle syrup:

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Verde Blood

Hello again spice lovers, this week we’re going to look at another of my samples from Chilli Pepper Pete and, like the Zhoug, it’s one of their milder ones.

Emphasis on the “er”, of course, because, as I mentioned back in my overview, Chilli Pepper Pete doesn’t actually do anything below medium. Which makes today’s offering rather hot when compared to other, similarly coloured sauces.

That’s right, it’s a green one. And, unlike the Zhoug, it’s not getting its colour from fresh herbs.

No, it’s using tomatilloes and green chillies to make a salsa verde. One that I’m sure you’ll agree, once we talk about its other ingredients, is far from ordinary.

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Image provided by Chilli Pepper Pete.

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Topping the Charts

Change of plan, everybody. We’ve been through a lot of hot stuff over the last year and a bit but I’ve still managed to build up quite the backlog of review products. So, as of today, I am no longer going to be dedicating the last tuesday of each month to a recipe.

Instead, every tuesday will be a review day but don’t worry, I’ll still give you something tasty to cook up. Only it’s now going to be on the final weekend. The saturday or sunday upload slot that I’ve previously saved for the very occasional bonus dish.

And this gives me a little more flexibility with what I can show you, as well.

Previously, I’ve tried to keep at least close to one superhot item, one hot one and one mild or medium thing a month in order to please as many different heat tolerances as possible but now, with an extra slot opened up, showing off something crazy that won’t suit the vast majority of people doesn’t have to take the place of one of those.

Today I can finally show you one of the all time hottest natural sauces that I’ve ever had. A natural

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Liquid Gold

Alright, everyone, if you’ve been paying attention to my twitter account (@spicefreakblog) then you might already know that I recently got another bottle free from The Chilli Alchemist.

This time, however, it’s not a review sample. Their latest gift came with any purchase at Reading Chilli Fest because the product in question has been discontinued. They are nolonger making their Elixir Orientem.

So, while I have been enjoying that sauce on my macaroni cheese, it’s not what I’m here to talk to you about today. No, today’s product is the new one that takes its place:

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Their mango and aji amarillo chilli sauce, quite simply named “Aurum” after its golden colour.

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Extract of Flavour

Today, everyone, I’d like us to take a look at another item from Grim Reaper Food’s gift box. Something that I didn’t want to talk too much about at the time, for fear of ruining the company’s biggest surprise.

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You see, what we have here may be a scary little bottle of extract but it’s not like the rest of its kind. It’s not about the heat.

No, unlike most extracts, the Grim Reaper’s Raging Goblin isn’t a concentrated resin of extreme chilli firepower. In fact, it isn’t concentrated at all. It is hotter than the chillies it was made from but that’s only due to the loss of their flesh.

Because what this product actually is is jalapeño juice. All the oils, both heat and flavour, from a good number of green jalapeños, mixed with a little bit of lime.

And it all comes packaged in a black-tinted aromatherapy oil bottle.

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Birthday Blood

Surprise! It’s a sauce review on a thursday!

Why? Because it’s my birthday.

A year ago today, I tried what is probably the hottest extract-based sauce in the world and, because I really don’t know what’s good for me, I figured I’d make a tradition out of it.

I bring you Chilli Pepper Pete’s Dragon’s Blood.

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Image provided by Chilli Pepper Pete.

Not one of the sauces that have gained the name in later years but the original. The legend. The old extract sauce I still hear tales about to this day.

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Spiced and Smokey

Happy tuesday, heat eaters, I’m back from Reading Chilli Festival. In the coming months, there’ll be all sorts of wondrous new things featured here but today it’s time for something a little less new.

Something just as exciting, mind you. It’s my favourite of the Screaming Chimp’s product samples.

Last time we heard from them we took a look at their hottest “Stinger” sauce but this week we’re going back down to the very bottom of their heat scale to try out Vic’s Ol’ Smokey. A sauce that uses smoked paprika, instead of chillies, for its flavour but does back it up with bird’s eye heat.

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