Well, I’ve finally reached the last “hot Sauce” in Csigi Chili Sauce’s line up and I’ll immediately state that Salubrious Savina is my favorite of the line.
Ingredients: Vinegar, Habanero Red Savina chilies, roasted Red Peppers, Roma Tomatoes, extra coarse sea salt, turbinado sugar, garlic, spices, arrowroot.
If one were so inclined to take a gander at a dictionary…wait. What’s that you say? “What’s a dictionary?”. Ummm, it’s a large object that has lots of words and contains definitions of said words. No no no, I don’t mean Google.com. Yes, I know that is a large object with lots of words but that’s not…no, I know that’s what I described but….OK! OK! Fine let’s start over and update the beginning of this paragraph for the 21st Century.
If one were so inclined to enter the key word “Salubrious” into “The Google”, one would come across a link to Dictionary.com. What’s that you say? What’s a dictionary….ugh, not you again. Someone get that guy out of here. Anyways, Dictionary.com lists salubrious as meaning “favorable to or promoting health; healthful”. With all the medical evidence showing that peppers can help to cure some cancer, control prostate size, increase metabolism, and with the added benefits of garlic, this truly is a “salurbrious” hot sauce.
Compared to the other sauces, “S.S.” is the thinnest of the bunch as far as consistency goes. All the ingredients are blended to a fine, dark red pulp suspended in it’s own fluids and vinegar. Once again, the vinegar is very prominent as far as taste goes but within seconds you are distracted by a bounty of flavors.
Right away the bite and fruitiness of the Red Savina Peppers (former Guinness Book World Record Holder for the World’s Hottest pepper; 544,000 SHU) and the tomatoes pop up to say hello. Then the tomatoes combine with the garlic to make this an excellent addition to any tomato based product and I would highly recommend doing so if you want an extra boost of heat and flavor to a sauce that doesn’t have any.
Wading through the heat, one stumbles across the almost candy like flavor of Roasted Red Peppers which, when paired with the turbinado sugar, gives this sauce the little kick of sweet needed to make everyone’s tongue happy. The tomatoes, spices, and sea salt really balance the flavors out allowing the sauce to be not too sweet and not too bold. As Goldilocks said, “This one’s just right”, right before she was eaten alive by a family of hungry bears. I mean, really, what did she expect going into that bear’s den and eating their porridge. Silly girl.
The heat on this is mighty fine for most mortals, but for the Naga eating God’s of Olympus, it tends to be slightly between medium and hot. It grabs the back of your tongue and jumps around in golf cleats for about 4 seconds and then magically turns into a sleeping cat that sits in the window sunning itself, purring away in complete bliss. One of the things I like to do after eating this sauce…well, minus the purring thing, that would just be odd.
Taste: 8.7, Heat: 6.8