Darth Naga vs Papa Djabs “XXX Black Label” Hot Sauce

by Darth Naga on July 8, 2011 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Wellllll Good morning my chilli padawanz, how are you all today? This review today is rather special, not just because it marks my first video review in what seems like FOREVER, but also because the sauce i’m reviewing is a very special sauce thats made extra special by the nature of its sales..confused yet?…all will become clear shortly! Now i know that not many of you will have heard about “Papa Djabs” but lets just say this company has been in business for over 20 years! The original recipe for Papa Djabs sauce started off in London restaurant kitchens and was the work of eclectic Scottish chefs. The exact recipe of the sauce base has never been disclosed, and is kept a closely guarded secret to this day! Fast forward a few years and today Papa Djabs sells the sauces on ebay with 10% of the sale going to the “Help for Heroes” charity (www.helpforheroes.org.uk) which I think you’ll agree is a very noble cause! Anyway, lets get on with the review!!

Papa Djabs - XXX Black Label Hot Sauce

Papa Djabs - XXX Black Label Hot Sauce

Ingredients: Chillies (70% fresh and dry), vinegar, sugar, salt, herbs and seasonings.

(Review bottle kindly supplied by Papa Djabs at www.hotsauce.eu.com)

So here we have Papa Djabs “XXX Black Label” hot sauce, from the ingredient list you can already see that this sauce has a base ingredient of 70% CHILLI!! yep thats right SEVENTY PERCENT!! SO with such a high chilli content you can glean 2 things from that:

  1. Its going to be WARM!
  2. Its going to let the flavour of the chilli shine through and not be swamped by other flavours!

The bottle I have in the video is the old design, but you also see that I show the new design as well, so going off the new design I personally think its a cracking label, the lady on the bottle looks like a right bitch and has a proper Bettie Page/50’s pinup look to her and as such lends this sauce a hint of sexiness, that coupled with the fiery background and bright red lettering leads you to believe this is one sauce not to be messed with..and lets be honest since when did something called “Black Label” EVER have good intentions?

Twisting off the cap and giving this the olfactory once over immediately made me aware of the high chilli content, I could smell the naga and habanero above all else, even taking a deeper whiff I could’nt detect anything besides the chilli, so that was a good start. I poured this onto my tasting spoon and as you can see the consistency is awesome, a nice pouring sauce for the chilli mentalists out there, there was no seeds at all, Papa Djabs actually has a policy of not including the seeds as they have nothing to add to the sauce!

Watch the following video to get a better idea of the sauce and its flavours:

So there you have it! As you can see from the video i had some trouble trying to talk through the hiccups, this is a sauce that hits you hard and fast with a punch of flavour and heat combined in one mouth owning experience, and unlike extract based sauces this one is all natural, the burn is clean and does’nt hang around for ages and ages which gives you more time to enjoy the actual Naga and Hab flavours present.

The initial sweetness took me by surprise but then the savoury flavours crept in after the burn, it was a weird combination to tell the truth, but for some reason in this sauce it works really, really well, something i would’nt have expected from a sauce that hits both taste receptors!

You can buy a bottle of this and other sauces from Papa Djabs ebay store: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/artxxi/ Where 10% of the sauces cost goes to the “Help for Heroes” charity, so that alone makes this sauce worth a purchase, and at £5.50 delivered, you can’t go wrong really can you? If you have been itching for a nice and natural Naga and Hab sauce to pour over just about anything then get a bottle of this and you won’t be disappointed!!
Until next time my chilli padawanz, may the sauce be with you, always!!

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(7.5/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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