Next up on the tour de force that is Csigi Chili Sauce comes the Capsaicin Carnivale. Being a sauce containing Orange Habaneros, tomatoes and yellow onions, this sauce came out looking a little greener than I expected.
Ingredients: Vinegar, Orange Habanero chilies, roasted yellow onions, tomatoes, garlic, extra coarse sea salt, turbinado sugar, hemp protein (o.oo% THC), spices, arrowroot.
Unlike his Big Boss Jalapeno Sauce, this one has less of a tart taste due to the absence of tomatillos. The bite of the vinegar is still every present though, mainly because it is the first thing on the ingredient list. But since it’s first, doesn’t mean this is a watery sauce. In fact, it’s just the opposite, very chunky with a hint of viscosity.
Overall, besides the bite of the vinegar, Carnival is a sweet sauce. The turbinado sugar combines with the fruitiness of the Habaneros, which in turn compliments the sweetness of the onions. This isn’t overtly sweet though so if you are looking for something that goes well on ice cream, stick with some Heresies Syrup. Oddly enough, the tomato flavor that I’ve come to recognize over the years is nowhere to be seen in this sauce.
Rounding off the Carnivale of flavors (see what I did there? Aren’t I just the clever wordsmith) is the garlic. Out of Csigi’s whole line of sauces, I think this one has the most garlic flavor. The resulting pungent grab is a tad distracting at first, but it soon dies down to a background flavor that accents the sea salt quite nicely. Once again, high marks for using hemp protein. Hemp for victory!
The heat level is labeled “XXX Hot” one the bottle but I’m going to have to slightly disagree. At first, the heat of the Habaneros combined with the “hot” of the garlic really hits hard but then dies down to a medium flame. So I’m going to label this somewhere between medium and hot…we’ll call it hediot.
Taste: 7.4, Heat: 6.2