Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety
Ava Gene's, voted one of the top restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit, described our Tellicherry Peppercorns as, “The finest we have ever seen.”
Our whole black Tellicherry peppercorns have a beautiful citrus aroma. Technically, they're 4.75 mm, Special Extra Bold. Not so technically, they have blow away taste.
- Whole Black Tellicherry Peppercorns from India Special Extra Bold, largest of crop, over 4.75mm
- Our signature product that launched the company
- Beautiful aroma with citrus notes, medium heat
- Sold to top restaurants in Chicago and Portland
- Sealed in food-grade mylar bag
- Packaged in resealable kraft tube
Regular Non-Rush Delivery starts at just $3.95. It's very reasonable.
It's darn fast too. Almost all orders arrive in just a few days.
Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Would hate for you to be unhappy. The world has enough unhappiness. We're here to make you happy. Okedoke?
I bought Tellicherries (Divakar's No. 004), and the cool chemist bottle to keep some by the stove. I admit, I didn't realize what a difference good pepper made when it comes to cooking, or just brightening up a meal. These Tellicherries are amazing! They're smoky and complex and not at all bitter. The price is right, and the service is prompt, courteous, and delivered with a sense of humor. I had an all around positive experience with this purchase. I will definitely buy again, and I'm telling all my foodie friends and locavores to do the same!
I'm fairly new to the fresh peppercorn scene, so I've been trying lots of different brands over the past several months. The Divakar's No. 004 is BY FAR the most aromatic I've tried. The smell is intoxicating. I was kinda worried that the flavor wouldn't stand up to the smell, but I was quickly proven wrong to doubt. It is not as "punchy" as others I've tried, but that's a good thing. It still has a strong and quite complex flavor that complements nicely without overtaking the rest of the dish.
Reluctant Trading's prices are a little bit higher than most of the other varieties that I've been trying, but I have found my peppercorn source. I'll definitely be ordering more. Some things it's ok to buy cheaper, but if you enjoy pepper, this is well worth the extra cost.
Upon receiving the Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety from Reluctant Trading, I held a double blind head to head comparison between it and the Spicy World Peppercorn (Whole)-Black Tellicherry sold on Amazon, Turns out the reluctant Trader Variety is so much better it was no contest...... WHAT AN AROMA!!!! The Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety runs half again the cost of the Amazon Spicy World, but the difference in flavor and aroma is WELL worth it!
I've placed two orders so far with The Reluctant Trading Experiment and each time my order arrives quickly and packaged well. I couldn't be happier. The search for great peppercorns is what lead me to TRTE and I was floored after receiving my first shipment. The peppercorns are unbelievably fresh and are of a true Tellicherry variety. These large peppercorns have a softer pepper bite, that allows a beautiful citrus quality come to the forefront. I will be a life long customer.
I will definitely be repurchasing. This is the same ole' pepper you're used to just at a quality you've yet to experience. Amazing, I put pepper in damn near everything now.
The flavor and aroma of this pepper are definitely a cut above the standard store products.
As promised, complex fragrance with notes of citrus. Really happy I got my nose on some. Will be back for more soon. Thanks for the olfactory rush!
The best peppercorns ever, so full of flavor.
Great flavor and aroma, very well balanced. Not too hot but the heat is there (not hot pepper heat, > different ball game there). And too make it even better is my new Mini Mill that is easy to use compared to regular store throwaways I have tried to use in the past, not too mention reusable!
I have found the black pepper I was searching for. No more guessing at which one might be the whole enchilada! Will be ordering more in the near future.
This is some amazing pepper! Not to mention, I had more fun with this whole experience than I have had with any other purchase. Ever. Who thought buying a common spice would be such fun? You've got a beautiful website with a wonderful backstory. I even bothered to snoop around your blog, which again is a first for me. I like your style, and really appreciate all the love that you're putting in to the business! Keep it up Scott, looking forward to buying from you again.
Peppercorns are excellent with wonderful fresh aroma. Excellent communication and fast delivery too. Will definitely be a repeat customer.
Second time purchase, finest quality peppercorns once again. Wish you carried more spices, I'd like to do one-stop spice shopping if I could.
I've ordered peppercorns from lots of places. These are smokin'. Wonderful aroma and taste. Kudos to Scott.I'm naming my next foster cat Pepper.
Received my shipment promptly and even got a little handwritten note on the inside, totally made me smile. Was recommended to this company from a friend and will definitely be ordering from here again! The pepper is robust and very flavorful. I use it on EVERYTHING!!!
This pepper is an explosion of flavors in the mouth, far more than one can expect from black pepper. Certainly not what one finds at the supermarket, it makes simple meals more enjoyable than the sum of their ingrediends. Cost v. quantity is the reason for 3 only stars.
These pepper corns are very aromatic with a delicious flavor.
I gave up the standard Mccormicks pepper long ago when i realised i was covering my food in it and never really tasting the pepper. I had been using Olde Thompson, it was a decent product,but I knew there was better.
This stuff is what I was looking for. You taste 'nature". Its hard to get away from the factory feeling/taste of today's mass produced homogenized product.
I always wondered why I liked certain brands of beef jerky so much: its the pepper they use!
I bought a lb to keep price low, it will last much longer than I expected. I am very curious about the differences in batches, as weather and fertilizer have effects, I will definitely return when Im running low.
As a collector of tree/plant resins from around the world, I consider this a great addition to my therapeutic regime. I find myself smelling my pepper grinder more often than I burn incense!
Your pepper really is terrific.
I didn't notice much difference between yours and some that cost $13.00 a pound, shipped.
My own opinion is that if it's something you eat every day, you should buy something good. The Tellicherry excels in that department. Spice is nice, I'll say it twice.
I'm just embarking on my journey of giving myself really good black pepper, and I'm glad to have stumbled on Scott's website and Reluctant Trading black Tellicherry pepper. It has a warm heat but not an oppressive one and plenty of complex, fruity overtones and a piquant "bouquet". I LOVE black pepper! (Funny, I don't care for red or green pepper.) Fast shipment, creative packaging, attention to detail, and most of all - BLACK GOLD in the form of peppercorns. Wars were fought over this spice, but all we have to do is click a button!
Delish! Second order and still happy.
This spicy and flavorful black pepper is exactly what I have been searching for. Now I just need to find a quality pepper mill to go with it.
Thank you and you can be sure I will be ordering more.
You guys sell great stuff: We bought the Tea and the Tellicherry Peppercorns.. Shipment was prompt and in perfect shape.
We are now enjoying our purchases.
Just ordered the tellicherry peppercorns and they are fantastic. Will order again!!
These are really distinctive peppercorns...layers of flavor and not just heat. I've not had better and I'm not sure I've had any that are as good. I find myself adding pepper to dishes where I didn't use it before and adding more where I did. Highly recommended.
It's kind of sad. After eating your Tellichery whole peppercorns, I quickly came to realize I've been choking down spicy dust all these years that's labeled as ground pepper (the one with the red lid at the grocery store). All of that food eaten with that nasty, spicy dust. What a waste of perfectly good food. I'm so ashamed. Life's too short to be eating icky, spicy dust.
But, a new day has dawned. I've found my favorite spice can be better than I ever could have imagined. My food has gone from a dull black and white to full blown Technicolor. Life is good now...
Love the peppercorns! Great flavor! So glad to have found you! Thanks again for a great product and for great service.
I recently received my second order of the Divakar's 004. Most fragrant and flavorful pepper I've come across. Plan on this being a mainstay in your kitchen if you like black pepper. Fast shipping and great service!
I had not realized what a difference freshness means in pepper. The last Tellicherry I bought was from Central Market at the exorbitant price of $28 for 8 ounces. Who knows how long the cellophane wrapped and boxed pepper had sat on a shelf or in a warehouse before I purchased it. Divakar's #004 provided new dimensions in both flavor and aroma. I am very happy to have discovered a source for the real thing!
Very happy with this purchase. Could smell the peppercorns as soon as I opened the carton. They grind nicely with an intense aroma and great flavor. The restaurant size is great...I use a crap ton of pepper.
Obviously your pepper is TOPS. Equally important was your speed and personal attention to correct my shipping address, which was my oversight.
Thanks and Happy New Year to you and your colleagues here and abroad.
What's there to say? This is the best black pepper on the market. Better, more fragrant, more flavorful than any other I've ever encountered. I won't cook without it.
We just love the peppercorns! So fresh and packaged beautifully! Shipping was excellent. Will defiantly order from you again!
This year my budget and time constraints (I have a very busy toddler!) sent me looking for a way to stream line my gift giving. I like giving useful gifts being surrounded by those who have everything and those who are constantly cleaning out.... I remembered The Reluctant Trader whom I found a couple of years ago searching out Tellicherry Peppercorns. I ordered 4 2oz tubes and 4 8oz tubes of Divakar's No 004, a few days later I ordered 6 more 2 oz tubes. The packaging is romantic and the peppercorns delightfully aromatic and flavorful, an easy gift to give being that I enjoy it so much myself. Should of ordered another 1/2 dozen they make such nice hostess gifts as well. Both packages arrived in a timely manner even though I used the cheapest shipping rate 5 days before Christmas on the second.... sorry about that!
Good enough to send to my brother the cook. Thank you for overcoming your reluctance.
Scott ,I was introduced to your peppercorns by my friend who is a great cook. I was blown away by their fragrance and their unique flavor when added to foods. I love these peppercorns so much that I gave them to friends this Christmas. Thanks for providing this exquisite delicacy!
I love fresh ground black pepper and this is the best, I'll be back!
I recently purchased the Tellicherry Pepper from The Reluctant Trading Experiment and love it. I was impressed by its flavor and taste. And I definitely loved the way the product is delivered and presented. So cute - including the handwritten note.
The short version: I've had great black pepper before but this is far superior. Bright, floral, earthy with a very pleasing heat that enhances flavors better than salt.
Long version: Black pepper has always been my favorite spice. I still use the pepper grinder we had when I was a kid. About 20 years ago I was at a restaurant and the waitress ground fresh pepper onto our salads. It was far superior to any I'd had, so we asked what it was. She looked at us strangely and said, "Black pepper". We all laughed and we told her this had to be some special variety. She went and asked the chef who said it was Tellicherry. Thus began the search for excellent pepper. We went to the local wholesaler the restaurant used and bought five pounds of their Tellicherry. Several years later we read about a Wynad pepper in Cooks Illustrated and got some of it. It was more delicate but the flavor was more exotic. When we ordered the next year it was very plain, so we went back to the local wholesaler. Fast forward ten years, we're looking around for a new source, and discover Reluctant Trading Divakar's No. 004. Wow, off the charts flavor. I'm in heaven!!
The best I've ever had. Thanks
Would not use anything else. I even love the packaging. Great service.
I bought a tin of peppercorns for myself earlier this year, and liked them so much I decided to buy some more to give as a gift at Christmas. First-rate product!
Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety
These peppercorns are the real deal! So much more fragrance and taste than anything I've had until now. You got me. I'm going to buy two more for Christmas gifts. Thank you, Scott.
I needed these peppercorns, and I didn't even know it. Any cook knows quality ingredients make all the difference, but pepper was something I never gave much thought to. Wrong. Seriously wrong. When I opened my bag of Tellicherry peppercorns, the smell was just divine. I was completely blown away. The peppercorns I bought at the grocery store-- which were freshly opened-- compared so poorly, so unfavourably I just threw them away. I'm so happy to find out that pepper isn't always just pepper, and I'm delighted to get these peppercorns at such a reasonable price.
I didn't think I needed to source peppercorns for the grinder in my wee kitchen. OK, I was wrong. These are so tasty. And didn't realize peppercorns could taste better until I tasted those from Reluctant Trading. Dang, that grocery store stuff is nasty!
If you like food, treat yourself.
Your Divakar's No. 004 is a truly exceptional black pepper. It far exceeds Penzeys best bold black pepper and I am so glad to have found your product. Many years ago (1982 - 83) I spent six months in Sri Lanka and over that period of time I had the opportunity to taste many outstanding spices. The black pepper from Matale, Sri Lanka was so very complex and flavorful... an experience never to be forgotten. In 2008 I revisited Matale but, alas, could not find that pepper again. However, the outstanding quality of your product matches it. I really hope you will continue to offer this exceptional pepper and I'm so very grateful that you managed to overcome your reluctance! Thank you!
DELICIOUS UNIFORM FLAVOR THROUGH THE WHOLE PEPPER TASTE SPECTRUM. NO STRAY HOT SPOTS, JUST A DELIGHTFUL WARM TASTE ACCOMPANIMENT TO EVERYTHING I'VE TRIED IT ON. I HAVE FILLED ALL MY PEPPER GRINDERS WITH IT.
The Reluctant Trading
Experiment's Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns is the Holy Grail peppercorn.
Supper fresh wonderfully fragrant great flavor with the right amount of heat. Nothing I've ever tried even comes close and my quest has been long.
If you're reading through these reviews trying to make a decision trust me do not pass up these peppercorns.
First of all, Scott, thank you for running your business on a human level that I can relate to and appreciate. Understating and over performing best describes your product description and delivery. This is the best pepper I have ever had and I am 79. For the most part I have eliminated salt and doubled down on your pepper. Taste's great! You have a long time customer that will definitely pass the word.
All the best to you while dancing,
Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety
This is a top-quality pepper at a very reasonable price. We had been Penzeys customers, but got tired of the high prices and political newsletters. The Divakar's No. 004 has a wonderful fresh aroma, flavor, and just the right amount of heat. Great gift for your friends who love to cook. Good whole pepper, when you can find it in the grocery store, is expensive! This is the way to go.
... uh, I mean hot pepper. Has amazing aroma & taste. Lovett!! Wait...that's my name ... Love it !!
I'd order again right away but I have enough pepper now to last little ole me a very long time. I am trying to use it up though so I can order again in the next 5 years.
Why would anyone source their pepper from anywhere other than the Reluctant Trading Experiment ? For that matter, why would anyone buy any other spices/salt/chai from anywhere else ? If Reluctant doesn't sell it, we just don't use it.
Great stuff, as usual. Thanks !
Wonderful product. The aroma on opening the package was exquisite. The taste and flavor of the peppercorns is beyond compare. Truly wonderful.
Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety. Love pepper. This is good stuff!
One taste of this delish pepper and I was hooked! It adds the perfect zap to just about everything I cook. There is no going back to that ordinary store bought stuff! It has also become one of my favorite things to gift people with.
I was looking for peppercorns to knock my socks off for my homemade fresh salsa. I took a chance and purchased the Tellicherry peppercorns. The burst of intense aroma when I opened the package was enough to let me know this was something special! The taste is a rush of terrific flavors you have to experience to appreciate. A new addict was born. I still have yet to find where those socks landed, and I don't even care.
I've always fussed about what pepper brands I buy, knowing that there was a difference. I am so glad I found these. I threw everything else I had away, considering myself now an official peppercorn snob.
At first I was reluctant to trade with the Reluctanat Tradin Company but I am glad I did. Love how fast I recieved my order. liked the packaging and the pepper corns
I purchased are wonderful. Thank you
People ask why I order pepper rather than just buy it at the grocery store until I have them try Reluctant Trader brand. Right price, and quick delivery
I have been using tellicherry pepper for over twenty years. However, I have never encountered a brand that was as fullsome and delectable as this. Thank you for an outstanding product.
The Tellicherry peppercorns (aroma and flavor) are beyond comparison.
If you managed to find this specialty website, then your job is more than half done.
These peppercorns are huge. My electric mill pops at a slower rate since fewer peppers can fit in the grinding slot.
Smell those peppers, I mean really huff those babies. A mellow, almost floral scent. Not like the acrid offerings in the grocery store. And try the second act by smelling this pepper ground. A more complex aroma, incapable of producing a sneeze.
You can imagine what this is like on your culinary creation. An acute, but short lived bite of pepper, unique to my purchase from "Reluctant Trading".
This is the pepper your mother warned you about. If you're this selective about pepper, I can only imagine the opus magnum dish being crafted.