Tabasco Habanero Sauce
Posted by bronzechains on March 11, 2009
I must preface this review by stating that I do not like the original Tabasco sauce. Tabasco and Frank’s Red Hot are often compared side by side, and I’ll pick Frank’s every time. Neither sauce is particularly hot to me, but I do enjoy some Frank’s once in a while. But if Tabasco is the only thing on the table, I’ll usually pass. I’m sure that the preceding text would make the thought of disowning me run through my father’s head, as he’s a devoted Tabasco fan. I’m sorry, dad. I hope we can move past this, dad. ; )
That being said, I saw Tabasco’s Habanero variety on the shelf at Wal-Mart a while back. It winked at me as I passed, and I pretended that I didn’t notice. I wasn’t going to give in that easy. There’s a lot to be said for playing “hard to get”, even when it comes with hot sauce. I didn’t want Tabasco to think I was that easy. Hot sauces the world over should know before we ever make contact that I’m not easily sold on new hot sauces. I’ll admit, I’m polygamous with my sauces. But I’m picky. My main squeeze has long been Blair’s Original Death sauce. That shit is delicious beyond compare, and I can’t begin to put into words how I feel about that stuff. If it were possible, I’d be picking out a ring I can’t afford and writing vows right now in preparation for the upcoming marriage of Adam and Blair’s Original Death sauce. It would be a summer wedding, somewhere outside with lots of trees around. The wind would pick up at some point during the ceremony, and the veil on Blair’s wedding dress would come loose and blow away. All in attendance would have a good laugh, and the professional wedding photographer would capture it all on film. Our grandkids would think it was just as funny as we did. Oh, dear. I’m daydreaming again. Was I writing a hot sauce review? Yes, that’s right.
Anyway, I picked up this habanero sauce at Wal-Mart. Are you beginning to see a trend in my product reviews? Everything I buy comes from Wal-Mart. The nearest Target is 40 minutes away, making it an incredible pain in the ass to shop there. So, I’m stuck with Wal-Mart. I don’t remember what I paid for the sauce, but it was similar in price to the other Tabasco varieties. It was a tough decision to make, purchasing this sauce. I normally wouldn’t pay for a Tabasco product, but the attractive box and the word “HABANERO” reeled me in. I’m a sucker for spicy food products, and I took the bait on this one. I’m happy to report that it wasn’t a waste.
Habanero peppers are most definitely present in this sauce. Habaneros have a very distinctive flavor, but I can’t really describe it. I’ve read descriptions of the flavor many times before, but they never really seem accurate to me. Just try something with habanero peppers in it sometime, and then you’ll know. The sauce seems thicker than the original Tabasco sauce, and has a different color. It packs a significantly bigger punch than it’s original counterpart, as well. Original Tabasco sauce clocks in at 2500-5000 on the Scoville heat scale, and the Habanero variety sits a bit higher at 7,000-8,000. To give you an idea of where the two aforementioned sauces sit in comparison to my personal favorite, the Blair’s Original Death sauce boasts a hefty 30,000 on the Scoville scale, and is approximately six times hotter than a jalapeno pepper. Click here for a really awesome chart detailing where many popular hot sauces and peppers fit in on the Scoville scale. It’s really cool to compare, and learn how big of a wimp or badass you are regarding your tolerance for spiciness.
After testing out the Tabasco Habanero sauce in several different ways, I’ve come to a definite conclusion. This shit is made for pizza! I’ll be damned if any pizza doesn’t taste better with several drops of this sauce scattered about on it. Now, I do have to say that the BEST sauce for pizza is the Blair’s Original Death. But, since my bottle of Blair’s is currently in the mail, I’ll have to use the Tabasco Habanero for now. I may even use it occasionally even when the Blair’s is in my refrigerator, just to keep the good stuff from disappearing too fast. I’ll definitely be doing a review on the Blair’s when my bottle arrives.
Overall, I’m giving this sauce a thumbs-up. I’m impressed, and pleased that Tabasco has created a sauce that I don’t turn my nose up at. It smells good, tastes good, and is attractively packaged. A good sauce all around, and not too hot. Of course, if original Tabasco or Frank’s Red Hot is just right for you, then you obviously shouldn’t go for this variety. But if you’re looking for a good sauce that will add a kick to your pizza without the heat getting lost in a sea of greasy cheese, give this one a try.