There's just something about this paprika...
I've never been a big fan of paprika. I do love the vibrant color that it lends to different dishes. But, I've never really been able to discern any truly desirable flavor notes--- until now. The hot smoked and sweet smoked Spanish paprikas by Kiva are so vastly different, it's hard not to distinguish flavors within them!
The hot smoked Spanish paprika is just that... Hot! But, in a good way. It's a slow, creeping spice, that leaves your mouth amazed and a little confused. Not to mention, it leaves you wanting to take another bite!
I happen to be a fan of spicy seasoning and foods, so I welcomed the possibility of a truly spicy paprika, with open arms. Now, don't get me wrong, it's spicy... But, it's not overwhelmingly so. Some spicy seasons are so spicy they ruin your food. This enhances your food! Not only does it add a little heat and a big punch to bring it home--- The Kiva hot smoked paprika also brings a prominent, sexy, smokiness to the table. The two flavors, hot & smoked, together really do something for me! It's reminiscent of a good smokey BBQ with a nice heat in the background!
The sweet smoked Spanish paprika is a whole different animal. Or so I thought... I guess I just figured they're two different items and would have vastly different flavors. Again, I was wrong. Each paprika greets me with a new and exciting prospective. But, both varieties have that awesome, smokey richness that I've come to know and expect from Kiva paprika's.
I received my Kiva sweet and hot, smokey, Spanish paprikas, complimentary. In exchange for my honest review, and I highly recommend them to anyone who loves a serious food adventure! These will knock your socks off, and they'll spice up your kitchen!
Kiva Gourmet HOT + SWEET SMOKED Spanish Paprika -From The Famous La Vera Region of Spain - 4 oz Total WT (2-PACK SET)