Review: Palmetto Pepper Potions – “Molten Golden”
“South Carolina Hot Sauce!”
Ingredients: Mangoes yellow mustard (disilled vinegar, mustard seed, salt, tumeric, spices), red habanero peppers, distilled vinegar, brown sugar, seasonings, spices, citric acid, xanthan gum, kosher salt.
Packaging: Palmetto Pepper Potions’ Molten Golden comes in an attractive, colorful 5.7 oz flask with a white cap.
Back Label: “A Caribbean treasure bursting with fresh mangoes, cumin, and curry in a mustard brew. Great on chicken, beef, barbecue, ham, sausage, hot dogs, burgers, seafood, vegetables, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, pasta salad and sandwiches.”
The story: “Abundance was the mother of invention. Palmetto Pepper Potions hot sauces began the year we landscaped with chile pepper plants. A friend had planted too many hot peppers and offered to share. We eagerly planted them all over our yard, along the driveway and among the wildflowers. We experimented with peppers, herbs, seasonal fruits, and fresh vegetables to create a rainbow of vibrant, fresh-tasting sauces. Friends, family, our favorite bands, and a surprising number of strangers clamored for more.”
Color: Orange, with darker specks of seasoning.
Smell: Buttery, cumin scent, with a hint of citrus. Vinegar is non-descript.
Consistency: Medium consistency, pours readily.
Taste: Palmetto Pepper Potion’s “Molten Golden” is a sauce that defies easy description. Off of the spoon, you get sweetness balanced by the tartness of fruit. These sensations are followed immediately by a smooth – almost creamy – cumin wave. Molten Golden worked surprisingly well with every food I tried it with. Eggs, chicken, meatloaf, even french-fries. Normally when trying a new sauce, I’ll pour a portion on the side of my plate and dip things in as I go along. After a moment or two with Molten Golden, I was pouring it liberally over my food – it’s just that tasty.
Texture: Smooth, with the occasional bit of vegetable or pepper seed.
Heat: A good solid punch, the habaneros come through nicely. On a heat scale of 1 to 10, I rate Molten Golden a 5.
Overall Impressions: I initially had my doubts about this one. I wondered if the initial citrus tang would overwhelm the experience and reduce this sauce to a niche player…something that only really worked well with particular kinds of food. Those concerns were soon dispelled, as Molten Golden’s flavor proved to be a wonderful compliment to anything and everything I threw at it. The heat delivered by this sauce is moderate, and entirely complementary. I’m still trying to figure out just what it is that gives this sauce it’s creamy, buttery flavor, it’s sublime and addictive!
I’ll definitely be buying this sauce again, and in the end that’s the highest bit of praise I can think of. Good stuff.
Palmetto Pepper Potions, LLC
P.O. Box 6126
Forest Acres, South Carolina 29260
phone/fax: (803) 782-8020