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Posted December 24, 2007 by Nick Lindauer in Reviews
 
 

Review: From Hell Hot Sauces


Happy Christmas Eve Everyone! Like most folks in suburbia the first thing I did this morning was go shopping for some last minute stocking stuffers. And on my way home, I stopped and picked up some breakfast burritos. When I got home, I proceeded to go through the sauce selection on hand and I decided to go with 2 hot sauces From Hell. I figured that the 2 burritos would be a nice testing ground for the two sauces.

From Hell Hot Sauces

From Hell Hot Sauces

From Hell Hot Sauces

At first glance, the ingredients on each of the sauces are merely listed as “Peppers & Distilled Vinegar”. In fact, without the little stickers on the bottles, folks wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two sauces except for the colors. The green hot sauce seemed like a good one to start with, so I cracked that bottle open first.

From Hell Hot Sauces

From Hell Hot Sauces

Holy freakshow nipple. Maybe I need to get out a bit more, but I’ve never seen a nipple like that on a hot sauce before. I had to resort to the jaws of life to get the stopper out and finally get to the hot sauce. Finally, out poured the sauce. The green sauce smells exactly of green habaneros – of the fresh from the field variety. Consistency is good – not too runny and it certainly sticks well to the food.

From Hell Hot Sauces

From Hell Hot Sauces

Taste & Heat wise – there’s nothing like a kick in the throat first thing in the morning. Wow – for a green sauce, this one almost laid me out. Definitely the hottest green sauce I’ve ever encountered. The dominate flavor of the sauce is most definitely the green habaneros – but those with a discerning chilehead palette can pick out the fruity fatali once the heat dies down. This sauce would really go great with a mean gumbo or stew.

Now, onto the red version of the From Hell Hot Sauces. This one contains “Scotch Bonnet & Congo Peppers”. What’s a congo pepper you ask? Well it’s what they call Habaneros in Trinidad.

Ever had a hot sauce hiss at you? Well, that’s exactly what this one did to me this morning. It hissed as I unscrewed the cap. Then with some bubbles and hissing, the sauce started to attack. It creeped through the stopper and gave me an ominous wink.

From Hell Hot Sauces

From Hell Hot Sauces

I decided that I didn’t want a case of Christmas Botulism and didn’t try the red version of the sauce on the second burrito. But I did give it a taste from the finger and after the heat subsided, I had flash backs to a few of the less then tasty sauces from the Open Fields Fresh from the Fields category.

While I didn’t dive into the red sauce with as much gusto as the green, I wouldn’t write From Hell ‘Red’ off completely. The green was good enough to win me over and I fully understand small companies learning the ins and outs of bottling. From Hell has created a nice line up of pepper sauces that really emphasize the pepper. I would love to try a different bottle of the red sauce – preferably one that doesn’t hiss. And I will be finishing up the green version of the sauce in a few days, Christmas leftovers don’t stand a chance!

From Hell Hot Sauce
Land & Sea Enterprises LLC
Marlboro, NY 12542


Nick Lindauer

 
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