Salamander Whiskey Hot Sauce Review
HotSauceAddicts.com reviews, “Whiskey”, which comes from Salamander Sauce Company in Brooklyn, NY. Salamander's Founder, Timothy Kavarnos, declares this product description on his company's website: “Sultry and smooth, dark and alluring; one touch to your lips and you'll know what we mean. We've deepened the mystique of this seductively vibrant sauce with an infusion of whiskey, and from it, the depth of flavors that emerge dances between the dark notes of intrigue and hints of colorful whimsy. A single taste will do nothing to quell your desires. And like a distant lover emerging from the mist, you'll keep returning to her arms for one final kiss. Poignantly memorable.”
Tomato, Pepper, Jalapeño, Habanero, Carrot, Banana, Shallot, Celery, Whiskey, Vinegar, Lime, Rasin, Garlic, Salt, Molasses, Sugar, Ginger, Seasonings
A puree-smooth, orange with random bits of white habanero seeds stared at us from within the walls of a tall, glass bottle. The color was somewhat similar to Salamander's Original Hot Sauce.
Small waves of tomato, mixed pepper and carrots crept into our nostrils. Was that truly a hint of ginger or the "seasonings". We were not sure.
Texture aka “The Pour”
Our refrigerated and room temperature tests produced the same results for this hot sauce’s texture. Whiskey Hot Sauce slowly cascaded from the mouth of the bottle onto our plate. Small peaks and valleys began to form and then came to a final resting position for us to gaze at and ponder our next move. The texture of this Whiskey Hot Sauce was not too thick and our fork sifted through fairly easy.
Gently placing the Whiskey Hot Sauce on the front of our tongue, we rolled it to the back and then forward again. A fresh trio of habanero, lime, and ginger took over as we smacked our lips and pushed it against the roof of our mouth. We did not detect the raisin, but did experience a zippy and soda-like carbonation. A touch of sugar sweetened the deal. There was no overpowering trace of whiskey which made sense since it was an infused ingredient.
Heat aka “Numb Bum”
A steady burn lingered across our entire tongue. Additional consumption had us wiping our nose and taking short, quick breaths. HotSauceAddicts.com thoroughly enjoyed Salamander Sauce Company's decision to increase the heat level this time round. While our stomach was warm, we had no trouble at all digesting this hot sauce hours and a day later.
The label shape is rectangular with round corners and the label design of Salamander Whiskey Hot Sauce is simple and flat, but elegant. Great choice of fonts are used and a clever, artsy way of tying in a salamander illustration in the shape of an “S” is well executed. The label is three colors (predominently black) and uses orange to bear the name and highlight the memorable salamander. While the nutritional information is not on the label, every other detail is there—the name of the hot sauce, the ingredients, the name of the company, and the company web address.
We are happy to report that Salamander Sauce Company has added a heat scale on the side of the label. The level of heat appears to be 3/4 of the way to the top of a thermometer icon declaring it "VERY HOT". This also leaves room for increasing the level of heat further in future products.
Salamander Sauce Company may consider adding a short description with food pairing suggestions. However, less may be more in this case to keep the simple, but elegant look. Companies often use too many fonts, colors, patterns and messages. That is not the case here.
The bottle is a tall and slender, 8oz. clear glass that includes a small, metal cap which screws on top. Black shrink wrap secures the cap and appropriately matches the product's label. Because of the length of the bottle it is easy to hold and pour. It also may stand out from the shorter, 5oz. bottles that are common in restaurants and on store shelves.
HotSauceAddicts.com thoroughly enjoyed Salamander Sauce Company’s Whiskey Hot Sauce. Its fresh (and rather interesting) list of ingredients combined with an increased heat level, makes for a welcome addition to Salamander's already successful signature line of hot sauce products. HotSauceAddicts.com feels the sauce is versatile enough to be used on food items such as chicken, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and meatloaves. Probably would fare well on eggs and omelets.
Overall Rating: 4 out 5 stars
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