Reviews

Tabasco Jalapeno

The mildest version in the classic hot sauce line from Louisiana’s McIlhenny Company, Tabasco Jalapeno plays it straight. The flavor comes from the simplicity of Jalapeno peppers, vinegar and salt. Bottles of green and red Tabasco are as common as ketchup in parts of the southeast US. Tabasco Jalapeno is the milder green bottle. It’s …

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Good Karma

Good Karma is the mildest variant of hot sauce from the famed Karma Sauce Company. This one is much tamer than its big brother, Extreme Karma, which we have previously reviewed. With the Ghost and Scorpion peppers removed, we’re left with only a tiny bit of heat from the curiously undefined “red pepper”. Otherwise, the …

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Kauai Habanero

Bottles of Hawaiian Chili Pepper Sauce from Kauai Juice Co can be found in restaurants all over the island of Kauai. This variant, labeled either “Kauai Habanero” or “Chocolate Habanero” depending on when the bottle was made, is a classic take on a vinegar-driven hot sauce. It’s not unlike Tabasco, but less strained, leaving tiny …

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Owl’s Screech

The yam is strong in this one, and so are the Scotch Bonnet (Capsicum Chinense) peppers. At an estimated 80,000 to 400,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), these chilies are watered down with other ingredients like lime, yam, garlic, onion and cashews. It’s medium in consistency, mostly blended, but strong in flavor. I found it paired …

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Extreme Karma

Extreme Karma sauce underrates its heat on the bottle. The ingredients only mention a generic “red pepper”, along with butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, garlic, salt, and ginger. The label humbly brags it’s “the best thing to happen to eggs”. There are clues elsewhere on the bottle, though, including the phrase …

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Hot Winter Original

This sauce is made from the “Hot Winter” pepper, a unique cultivar of chili started from an off-type natural mutation of the Jimmy Nardello (Capiscum Annuum). The peppers are fermented and mixed with simple organic ingredients — rice and cider vinegar, sugar, salt and garlic. The sauce is fairly thick and takes on a bright red …

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