I have been using this hot sauce for nearly 3 months now, and finally decided it was about time to make an “official” review of it. Perhaps not a full-length review, but at least give
a mention since the “popular demand” at my workplace has inspired me a bit.
This sauce came directly from the hands of Sam McCanless, chief sauce poobah for the Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co. Sam is also a writer for this blog (disclaimer), so it felt a little weird reviewing a sauce made by one of my writers. Well, that weirdness subsided when I started using the sauce, because I liked it a TON! Here’s the skinny on this sauce:
Ingredients: fresh habanero peppers, carrots, vinegar, honey, fresh cracked pepper, cayenne powder, salt, spices
A sweet, fiery hot sauce featuring habaneros, cayenne and fresh cracked black pepper. The black pepper adds buy cheap clomid to the complexity of the taste. This sauce is hot. I love this sauce on everything, it is especially good as a cocktail sauce for fried seafood.
First impression: Nice glossy label with pictures of Sam’s kids on it. Not cartoonish or tacky, and it looks pretty nice on the shelf to boot. Mildly thick sauce that really nails the level of viscosity I like in a hot sauce, and that has a good “cling factor” with food. The aroma is very, very habanero with a tinge of vinegar. I have yet to figure out what purpose carrots play in this hot sauce (or any sauce) except to provide orange color, so I have to wonder why that was added to this sauce. All the ingredients are all-natural, so kudos for keeping this sauce as healthy as possible.
Taste: Rather than me starting with a taste bud-by-taste bud description, I will offer up a quote from one of my co-workers who is NOT a big fan of hot sauces or spicy food in general. She said, “This is the best-tasting hot sauce I have ever had…where can I get more?” When I asked her why, she replied that she really thought you could taste the peppers themselves and that it tasted very “fresh.” I won’t dissect the flavor any more than that, but I will comment on the heat. The sauce definitely carries the heat you would expect from a habanero sauce, which for this I will say is about 8/10 or so.
To me, the strength of this sauce is not the taste, but rather the utility. Many sauces that I will say that taste good often have such limited application that it’s hard to give the thumbs-up to them so eagerly. What I feel is great about this sauce is two-fold. Firstly, it complements the flavors of the dishes rather than overwhelming it…assuming you can handle the heat. It does so on such a variety of foods that I stopped keeping track after a while. Secondly, its flavor is equally as good poured on food and is it mixed within it. That is, liked it equally as much swirled into my chili as I did poured over my grilled chicken breast. Bravo!
Overall recommendation: With seemingly mundane ingredients, Zane & Zack’s have a solidly good habanero sauce that makes the pantheon of some of my fave habanero sauces I’ve yet tried. Useful in (and on) so many foods, you may find that one bottle is simply not enough. Enjoy!