It’s taken a little time for me to get to this tasting…but for this review, I had to take the Beaver on the road! CJ himself gifted us with this bottle. I took the bottle to work with me a couple of times, and it took some taste-tests to convince the adoring crowds that I hadn’t actually brought a bottle of Goldschlager to work. After a few sips, the “controversy” was quickly put to rest.
First impression: In a flask-shaped bottle, this hot sauce is almost completely clear, with tiny gold flakes sitting at the bottom. The aroma is very peach-like, which is beholden to the Georgia roots of its creator, Crazy Jerry. It’s consistency is very liquid-like and only slighty syrupy, and pours from the bottle like water.
Taste: It is actually fairly sweet, with a very dominant peach flavor. The habanero heat hits the back of your throat a few seconds after passing your tonsils. The one thing I noticed is that it’s definitely an extract sorta habanero taste, as the taste profile is a bit different than your average habanero sauce. Not bad, mind you, just noticeable.
What foods would it be best with? Alternate uses? The label suggests that you should add this sauce to an ice cream or dessert, and that’s a good suggestion…since I found it added a great spicy peach flavor to a vanilla milkshake. Limiting usage to dessert is probably selling this sauce short, though. Your mileage may vary.
Ingredients: water, sugar, citric acid, vinegar, natural and artificial peach flavors, habanero pepper extract, natural stabilizer and 24 karat food grade gold flakes
Overall recommendation: This sauce is different than other so-called “fruity” hot sauces, as its flavor is delightfully lacking in actual peach fruit. That said, this sauce’s status as one destined only for the collectible shelf is endangered by its great taste. It’s almost a little too thin to be called a sauce, but its peachy habanero-ness just begs you to try it in something…anything. Just don’t let people think that you’re pouring Goldschlager on your hot fudge sundae….