Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce

by Darth Naga on August 2, 2009 · 2 comments

in Product Reviews

Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce

Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce

Today the sauce I am tasting comes from a company that (according to the website!) has been around for over 60 years! that makes it one of the longest running hot sauce companies around (i believe the Tabasco sauce company, McIlhenny’s have been around the longest) Encona was first formed in 1946, but the first hot sauce from the company only started appearing in 1975 after the popularity of Caribbean food in the UK began to bloom during the 50’s and 60’s when west indians first arrived on our shores.

“Encona west Indian original hot pepper sauce” is a reddish orange colour and comes in a taller bottle than most hot sauces and yet contains a little less (around 142ml) The labels have recently undergone a facelift and are now mostly blue in colour with some palm trees and the name of the sauce printed on a picture of a wooden sign, a pretty attractive and very recognisable bottle, which helps catch the eye among the other hot sauces at pretty much any large supermarket chain!

Pepper mash (Habanero peppers, scotch bonnet peppers, salt, acetic acid) (64%), water, acetic acid, spices (including mustard), salt, modified corn starch, Xanthan gum.

You can see by the list of ingredients that this is a pretty natural sauce, it’s a shame the list of ingredients is slightly let down by the vinegary smell that tingles in the nostrils when you inhale the vapour…and that’s pretty much how it tastes as well, the abundance of peppers is let down a little by the salty, vinegary flavour that leaves behind a slightly bitter aftertaste.

The heat is there, it’s kind of on par with Tabasco sauce in terms of heat but the consistency is much thicker and therefore a lot more pourable on everyday meals. This is a sauce that’s available from Scorchio and also in many supermarkets at around £1-£2 a bottle and it is better than most other hot sauces available on the mass market today. It’s just not quite the bridge between supermarket sauce and speciality hot sauces that I wanted it to be.

I don’t think this sauce will appeal to the real chileheadz who have gotten used to top quality sauces from companies whose only product is hot sauce, but it will appeal to those of you only just starting out in the hot sauce world, wanting to try something a little hotter and thicker before daring to buy a bottle of something more wicked!

I keep a bottle of this around always as a backup, it’s good for when you’ve run out of your favourite hot sauce and want a good old standby that is ready to be splashed over whatever you deem its good for!!

May the sauce be with you…Always!

For more information about Encona and there range of sauces please visit www.enconasauces.co.uk

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avatar Dobell October 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Respectfully I disagree with all comments on this truly greatly flavoured hot sauce. Just the right heat to flavour ratio.


avatar Mat June 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I’m a newbie to the world of hot pain and I will say – at the moment it is my favourite hot sauce. I don’t find it too salty or vinegary at all. I love the smell of it and the moment I smell it my mouth waters. It is very fruity in taste and I used it with everything – from cottage cheese to pizza.


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