I was a very lucky recipients a few months back. Way back in 2010, Heartbreakin’ Dawns created one of the most beautiful collectors sauce I’ve set my eyes on. The Albo’gator was a crowning achievement in collectables. It was made in a hand blown glass bottles with a skull inlaid in the cap, wax dipped, and only 100 were produced.
Johnny McLaughlin, owner, only had a very small amount of the sauce in 5 ounce woozies left over for friends to try, and I received his last bottle to review. So, without further delay, I am now honored to review such a rare item.
Heartbreakin’ Dawns 2010 Albo’Gator Ingredients: White Devils Tongue, Ivory Habanero, and Aribibi Gusano Peppers, Coconut Milk, Vinegar, White Onion, Sugar, Dehydrated Cream, Garlic, Salt, Capsaicin Extract
I first have to comment on the look of this sauce…it’s white…I mean absolutely, cream white. I’ve never seen a sauce like this in color. If this sauce was on a shelf in a store, it would sell like hotcakes based on looks alone (as seen in the picture bellow). The albino theme is done perfectly. It’s also thick as can be!
Now on to the taste test. Right off the bat is the bite of vinegar followed by fruity Habaneros. This then moves into a citrusy zing from the Aribibi Gusano peppers, and a sweet combo from the coconut milk and sugar. On the back end there’s a hint of garlic and onions.
When I read that there was extract in this sauce, I feared that I’d get a decent amount of that bitter, metallic, keytone flavor and unfortunately there is some of that on the aftertaste. It’s not enough to impact the flavor of the sauce overall, but enough to let you know it’s in there.
Speaking of extract, the heat here is two fold. I first get the back of the throat hit from the Habaneros which then moves into a full tongue burn from the extract. There’s the typical extract burn here in the fact that it seems to sit in the pores of your tongue. Nice burn but not insane.
I used this sauce on a lot of food and it worked very well in each. One of my favorite things to do was mix it with various items to see what color they turned. It made the tomato paste for my pizzas really interesting.
Overall this is a really unique product. From the ingredients, to the color, to the limited nature of the sauce. My only real complaint about it is the strong vinegar flavor in what is such a thick sauce and the extract flavor. Other than that, it’s a fantastic sauce that I wish Heartbreakin’ Dawns sold on a regular basis.
Taste: 7.9, Heat: 6.948