Finishing off the Australia in a Box series comes Ol’ Man Stillmanz Fire and Inferno sauces. The picture above is the old packaging so I won’t comment on the labels. I’m going to start this off with the Fire sauce.
Ol’ Man Stillmanz Fire Ingredients: Pineapple, water, onion, vinegar, sugar, lime juice, Habanero chillies, salt, garlic, tomato concentrate, pepper and xanthan gum.
This is a semi thick sauce that has a “baby food” type color to it with little flecks of black pepper floating about. Sweet and bitty is what I can describe this sauce as. The pineapple hits immediately then comes the Habanero, sugar, and vinegar. The vinegar isn’t bad but it’s a little bit much for such a fruity sauce. Backing up the bite of the Habs is the lime juice which in this one seems to intensify the pepper’s bite.
Following up is the garlic causing this sauce to really grab you. There is a very small hint of tomato that flats around but nothing really noticeable which is good because I think it would really interfere with the tastes if it was any more. Then comes the black pepper with a small bit of salt to round things off.
The heat here is startling at first. It hits almost instantly and has a grab similar to Cayenne. It slowly moves to a back of the throat burn and then fades to a lingering flame. Tis a well build fire I must say. All in all, it’s a slightly above average sauce, nothing too spectacular but still worth picking up and trying. A little too sweet to use for every day things, but not sweet enough to use on waffles in the morning. I find that this is perfect for marinating you shrimp in and then grilling them.
Taste: 6.4, Heat: 7
Now onto the Inferno sauce! Just as thick as the Fire, with a lighter color, tons of seeds floating around and a few black pepper dots. OH LOOK! IT HAS MANGO!!!!! I LOVE MANGO!
Ol’ Man Stillmanz Inferno Ingredients: Pineapple, mango, water, vinegar, onion, Habanero chillies, sugar, lime juice, tomato concentrate, garlic, salt, herbs, spices and xanthan gum.
That pineapple hits right away but then smoothes out into that absolutely lovely taste of Mangos. It is a nice transition too, really smooth and the taste lingers for quite a bit. Next come the Habaneros. Two things that Habs pair well with are pineapples and mangos and this sauce has them both. It’s an extremely fruity sauce but then that vinegar comes back to wreck things. And then the onion says ‘Hi” and together they beat up what could have been an awesome fruit sauce.
Up next comes the lime juice which really grabs the sides of your mouth and then the garlic. A little black pepper taste floats around with the tomato again. The heat on this is slightly warmer than the fire and not as Cayenne like in it’s initial burn.
This is interesting. I love the initial taste, hate the middle taste, and now find myself loving the after taste. This really seems like it’s trying to be a combination of a regular hot sauce and a fruit sauce, tt doesn’t quite work but it isn’t quite bad either. I’m kinda baffled and don’t know if I should hate it or like it. It’s as if a Noise musician was interpreting Beethoven on a circuit bent Casio….strange but you can’t’ stop listening to it…
Taste: Uhh….some where between a 4 and a 7? Heat: 7.4216