Liam was working on a degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester when the idea for Coppernose came about. Coppernose today is a run by Liam and his family. They use ethically sourced, 100% grass fed, British beef, allowing them to trace their meats all the way back to the farm. They use sliverside cuts, in long strips, and then marinated for 12 hours before dehydration. Coppernose Jerky is sold in small shops and outdoor markets throughout England, as well as from its website.
This "Smokey" variety is simply described as, "A dynamic flavor which will bite back..."
Whole slices of beef, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chilli powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper
The first flavor to hit my palate is a light sweet, followed by chili powder and cayenne pepper. The chewing brings on the salty character of soy sauce and the tanginess of worcestershire. I can pick up traces of garlic and a light chile pepper flavor. There's a moderate level of heat.
For being labeled, "Spicy" this certainly holds up. I'm getting a lot of spicy flavors from a mixture of cayenne and red chiles, along with some cumin which may come from the chili powder. There's also a good deal of heat, one that I would rate on my personal heat scale as "medium hot" (level 4 out of 5).
Otherwise, the primary taste profile of this jerky is a mixture of spicy seasonings, namely red chiles, cayenne, and the cumin-rich, chili powder. However, the soy sauce and worcestershire combination adds a significant flavor, while hints of garlic linger the background.
The meat consistency looks great. The thick, meaty short strips wells up much anticipation and brings out the carnivore in me. The chewing feels a little on the tough/dry side, as compared to the company's "Smokey" variety I reviewed earlier. It still chews and feels like real steak, however. I found one piece with some significant stringiness and/or tendon.
This "Spicy" variety from Coppernose Jerky definitely belts out a rich, complex spiciness that mixes together several spices and seasonings for a bold, big flavor. I like the smokey, earthy cumin that runs throughout the chewing, and I like the flavors of cayenne and red chiles. Unlike the company's "Smokey" variety, the natural meat flavors are lost against the stronger seasonings, while the chewing seems a little tough. Overall, however, it's quite flavorful, and strikes a great balance between spiciness, heat, and snackability.
Compared to other brands of spicy jerky, this one from Coppernose gives out a complex blend of spices along with a good dose of heat.
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