Ingredients: vinegar, mustard seed, brown sugar, fresh habanero peppers, water, salt, paprika, spices
First impression: Initially, I said that this was “too thin” to be a mustard and might be better served in a shorter round jar for easy access. Well, it’s important to note that this is a mustard sauce, not a proper mustard. Think of a cross between a mustard condiment and a hot sauce and that’s what this product really is. The label could use some tidying up, as there is a big “chipotle” word on it when there is really habanero in it. That, plus the label just doesn’t have that appeal that makes you want to grab it over some others. The sauce is fairly thin and pours easily from the bottle, and the aroma is strongly that of mustard.
Taste: The biggest surprises to me were that the mustard flavor is potent without being overwhelming and that the habanero heat builds to a decently high level. Perhaps 7/10 or so, but with a noticeable explosion of heat the more you eat. The mixture of sweetness and heat is outstanding. As I tasted it, the initial brown sugary sweetness fades right into the habanero flavor for a balance of sweet & heat that I relished. Speaking of relish…using it on a hot dog like a regular mustard actually worked better than expected, despite it streaming onto my fingers as
I ate. A great addition poured over veggies and into my morning egg scramble as well. I am sure it would have good potential for use in marinades, but I never got around to actually mixing in to any. I’ll keep that on my “to do” list.
Overall recommendation: If you like mustard and also like hot sauce, then you may like this sauce. Despite the admonition that its thinness was by design, it was still a little too thin for my taste. A little thicker and the “cling” factor for food would be great. The base recipe is good enough that some other flavors are entirely possible, and I would certainly like to try the Chipotle version of this sauce to see how well they do with that. The heat is surprising and the sauce’s flavor is above average. I would certainly be willing to get more of this in the future. Try some for yourself!