Review: Conquering Lion Mango Hot Sauce
A green label with an orange, fire breathing lion hearkened the arrival of Conquering Lion: Mango sauce to my kitchen. It’s an attractive, eye catching label on a standard 5 oz bottle. The sauce is of the thin variety, with a plastic restrictor to keep it coming out in drops and not torrents. The smell of the sauce is an unrestrained stampede of smoke, smoke and more smoke. It almost smells as if you just stuck your head in a hickory fueled smoke house and took a big whiff. The smoke is so overpowering, I couldn’t find much else in there.
Ingredients: Smoked Tomatoes, Smoked Habanero Peppers, Smoked Cayenne Peppers, Mango, Water, Lime juice, Cane Vinegar, Spices, Sea Salt
One of my favorite uses for smokey sauces is on Macaroni and Cheese. So, I fired up a simple batch of Mac and Cheese, and shook on some Conquering Lion. As the smell foretold, there was smoke aplenty. It’s a good, flavorful and heavy smoke flavor. There’s some heat from the habaneros, but not overwhelming fire. A tiny ping of citrus pops through, as well. But, there’s virtually no mango to be found. Not much sweetness, and no fruit flavor that I could find. Now, maybe I should hold that against Conquering lion, since it’s supposed to be a mango sauce. But, since I love smokey flavor and only tolerate mango, I have no issues with it.
Conclusion: Conquering Lion Mango sauce is lacking in the mango department. However, it’s tasty, smokey character adds a welcome zip to food and is worth giving a spin. It’s great on Mac and Cheese, and would be a good addition to eggs or barbecue.
Packaging – Classy, timeless label. 8.9 out of 10.0
Aroma – Smoke, smoke and more smoke. 7.9 out of 10.0
Appearance – thin and red. 7.1 out of 10.0
Taste – Lots of smoke. Mango? We don’t need no stinkin’ mango! 7.8 out of 10.0
Heat – More than medium, but not a mind blower. 7.0 out of 10.0
Overall Rating: 7.6 out of 10.0