Posted November 2, 2005 by John in Reviews

Review: Larynx Lava

My first impression of Palmetto Pepper Potions Larynx Lava were the words “South Carolina Hot Sauce!” printed across the top. Since I love all things Carolina, I figured I must be in for a treat. Boy, was I right.

Larynx Lava Hot Sauce

Ingredients: Pineapple, habanero, onions, fresh ginger root, fresh garlic, distilled vinegar, fresh lime, fresh tangerine, fresh orange, fresh hers, seasonings, spices, citric acid, xanthan gum, kosher salt.

On First Taste
Larynx Lava opens up with a strong ginger bite. It’s one of the strongest pure ginger flavors I’ve found in a food in a long time, but the sweetness of the pineapple keeps the ginger from being overpowering. The citrus was not very noticeable to me, and for having so many ingredients, the flavor isn’t terribly complex. Mostly ginger and pineapple.

Larynx Lava on a cracker

The heat comes on quickly, graces the palatte with a nice amount of heat balanced by sweetness, and lingers delicately for a minute or two. It’s hot enough to be a surprising kick for anyone who’s not accustomed to hot foods, but for the experienced chilihead it’s not much of a burner, with more heat than Tabasco, but nowhere near extract levels.

On Food
I decided to try Larynx Lava on fried chicken tenders. I put a decent amount on to start, and was extremely pleased with my choice. The sweetness and heat were perfect for the chicken, and I kept piling on the sauce. I ended up using half the bottle, and had a pretty nice burn going. This sauce gets hotter the more you apply, which is just as it should be.

Larynx Lava on Chicken

On Food (Again)
I was so thrilled with Larynx Lava’s perform ace on the chicken tenders that I heated up a few spring rolls to try it on. And again, it excelled. I think that it’d go well with virtually any mild food I can think of. I think it would be exceptional on duck.

Larynx Lava on Egg Rolls

In fact, the brilliant combination of ginger and pineapple inspired me to go out and buy some fresh pineapple and ginger root, and make up some sockeye salmon using it. Hot sauce that tastes great, has a good heat level, and inspires culinary endeavors? Now that’s my idea of a good sauce!

Rating: 9.1 out of 10