Review: Vampfire Hot Sauce
“Made up the road from Translyvania, LA.” Hmm”¦yep, there is one, I just checked. I imagine this vampire warning us in his spookiest voice of the “VERY HOT” labeling of his sauce, yet I don’t imagine that freakish thing could create anything close to hot.
Ingredients: Habanero peppers, tabasco peppers, cayenne peppers, distilled vinegar, onions, sugar, salt, spices, lemon oil, cellulose gum, and F.D.&C. red #40.
Smell: This smells like there is too much of something in it. I do detect a citrus tinge from the lemon oil, but I think I’m going to blame it on the “spices,” whatever they are. Either there is too much of one of them, or there are just too many. When I was younger, I used to take every possible spice and bottled flavor enhancer in my mothers spice cabinet, mix it with water, milk, both, etc, and end up with these “potions.” I would not really do anything with them, but I remember what they smelled like, and it wasn’t too different from this sauce.
Taste: Initially, there is a sweetness that just sits there unsure of itself, like it’s afraid to reveal what’s underneath. Then a strong vinegar acidity bites through, along with the chile flavor, and finally the spice blend. I’m not sure if it’s the confused mixture of spices, or the dull, unresolved sweetness throughout, but something is amiss here. Or it could possibly be that the sauce itself got a bit stale. The flavor is not offensive; it’s just kind of blasÃ©. I’d imagine this would taste alright on a smoked cheese, or like a split pea soup. These are just the first things that come to mind, no real rhyme or reason.
Overall: Fair. Satisfactory. A little too much going on, a little too synthetic-tasting. The heat is decent, but not out of this world. Before I drive a steak into it (the misspelling was unintentional, but now I’m keeping it), I want to see how it will perform on some exquisitely tender looking pork cutlets I bought the other day”¦ladies and gentleman, I present to you Meathenge, inspired, somehow, by Vampfire Hot Sauce.
It tasted just fine, and the heat complimented the swine quite agreeably. I cooked the pork with some Worcestershire, white wine, and soy sauce, so once I got some other flavors into the mix, a dousing of this stuff was a welcome and spicy addition.
Panola Pepper Corp.
Rt. 2 Box 148
Lake Providence, LA 71254