Welcome back, everyone. It’s time again for another Sauce Review. I’m down to my final two sauces left over from December. And it’s a good thing, too, because my latest subscription box from Heatonist just showed up on my doorstep! I can’t get into new sauces until I’ve finished up with old sauces. And this is a really special pair of sauces, too. I’m always excited to try sauces that I can’t just find readily down at the grocery store (I’m basically out of those at this point) or even some of the hot sauce websites. Well, these next two are some of those types of sauces. I’d gone to Canada with Haico’s Hot Sauces, now I’m taking a trip down south to Belize.
By the way, shout out to my friend Jason who grabbed these sauces while he was down there on his honeymoon. May your passion for each other be as fiery as these sauces!
However, since these were brought back via luggage, the bottles are tiny. I only have a mere 50ml of each. That’s why you get a picture taken before I opened the bottle, since I used about 3/5 of it on my tray of wings. And spoilers, it won’t take long before I finish this first bottle off.
This sauce is very straightforward. The ingredients list red habanero pepper, vinegar, fresh carrots, salt, onions, lime juice, and garlic. Those are all fairly classic hot sauce ingredients. The fresh carrots are a little different, but it’s not the only time I’ve seen them in the mix. Their earthy sweetness is good for dampening down the heat and rounding out the flavors of the peppers.
And man, those peppers. As I’ve stated before, never in a million years would I have thought I’d have an opinion on the flavor of habanero peppers, and yet here I sit. And I have to say, I love them. While not a guarantee that I will like a habanero-based sauce, I certainly have had my fair share of hot sauces that include habaneros that I’ve loved. You can add this one to the list as well.
The flavor is very straightforward, like a standard pepper sauce. The sauce’s viscosity is fairly low. It pours very easily. And while there is a little bit of pulp and some seeds in there, it’s certainly not what I would call “chunky” by any stretch. As such, it poured easily onto the wings. And while the sauce has vinegar fairly high up on the list of ingredients, and having it make up the only real liquid (as that’s where the low viscosity comes from), it doesn’t have a sour/bitter vinegar bite, and I couldn’t really smell it coming off of the wings as the sauce heated up on them.
What I do get is a very bright, nicely spicy, slightly tangy sauce. And I adore it. After the first wing, I was hooked. While going through the pan, I never touched any blue cheese dressing, since I didn’t want to get in the way of the sauce. This sauce is zesty. It’s bright. It’s got just the right amount of heat for me. It was well below my threshold, though it did have my nose running by the end. It’s a little hotter than your off-the-shelf hot sauces. Maybe in the range of some of the “Hotter” varieties. And damn… as I was eating, I was really trying to analyze the flavor. I knew I loved it, but I was trying to zero in on -why- I loved it so much. And I hate to say that it was hard to come up with one specific thing.
It’s like Frank’s. I just love it. I can come up with some reasons, but none of them seem to get at the true heart of the matter. I love this sauce on the same level. It’s just no-nonsense, great flavor. My hat is off to Madame Sharp. She makes a damn tasty hot sauce.
Suggested dishes: anything and everything. Can vouch for wings, but you can put this on anything you’d put hot sauce on for an extra kick.
As for where to buy the sauce, the Marie Sharp’s home page doesn’t seem to sell sauces directly.
However, they do have a Distributor Page.
And, from there, I found the Marie Sharp’s USA page.
I… I feel faint…