Encona West Indian Extra Hot Pepper Sauces Video Review

by Darth Naga on April 12, 2012 · 8 comments

in Product Reviews

Encona Extra Hot Pepper Sauce

Encona Extra Hot Pepper Sauce

Good day my chilli padawanz, how are you all doing after the Oestara chocolate fueled glutton fest? good? Glad to hear it!! Right, now that stuff’s all done and dusted lets get back to normal, and what better way to kick things off than with a hotsauce review, and this one comes from a (cue shock, horror and awe) HIGHSTREET MAINSTREAM SAUCE MANUFACTURER!! Those lovely peeps over at Encona, sent us a bottle of sauce to review, its their very latest one and because of the heat level, I decided to do a video too!!

Ingredients: Hot Pepper Mash (Red Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Yellow Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Jolokia Peppers, Salt, Acetic Acid( (55%) Water, Onion Powder, Birds Eye Chilli, Garlic Powder, Mustard Powder, Modified Maize Starch, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum (E415), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202). Allergens Notice: Contains Mustard

Many thanks to www.enconasauces.co.uk for supplying the review sample

So, as many of you may have heard on facebook (due to encona doing a competition and also doing a limited edition 100 bottle *preview* run of the stuff) Encona are due to release a new hot sauce upon the masses this may, it will officially be their hottest sauce and as such is called “Encona Extra Hot Pepper Sauce”.

The bottle the sauce comes in is very much like the rest of their range, and rather fetching glass bottle with the company logo and name of the sauce on the front, usual ingredients and recipe suggestions on the back. For added effect the word “ENCONA” is moulded into the sides of the bottle also!.

The sauce inside is very thick and heaving with seeds and a little flesh too, its very pourable, but tends to come out in runny-ish globs as opposed to pouring out nicely (like the standard encona hot pepper sauce), if you watch the video you might see what I mean:

So there you have it, the sauce is warm with a nice strong scotch bonnet flavour to it, but a little too salty for my personal tastes. I can compare this to their own “Hot pepper sauce” as this “extra hot” is not a much hotter than that and is still very manageable, especially to those new to the chilli world, but if you don’t like salty sauces, then stick to the original one!

You should also give a few of the other encona sauces a try, you can see their range over at www.enconasauces.co.uk i have personally tried a large number of them and can vouch for the “Original hot pepper”, “Smooth papaya”, “Jerk BBQ” and “Creole pepper” with the “Papaya” being my personal favourite.

Right, another one bites the dust, so for now chilli padawans i will bid you adieu, hope you all had a good Oestara and i look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming chilli festivals this year!! Until then my chilli padawans, may the sauce be with you, always!!


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avatar Kingsley Young September 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I have just tried this sauce. It says “Extra Hot” on the bottle, do not be fooled by that. Although the ingredients list mentions that it contains scotch bonnet and jolokia peppers (which are supposed to be very hot peppers), this hot sauce is only slightly hot. To the typical chillhead, this hot sauce only has a mild heat level. Therefore, in terms of heat, it’s disappointing. The only consolation is that this hot sauce is not expensive.


avatar gary buchanan January 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Would like to sample some of your very hot sauces please.


avatar Thelurch January 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Hi Gary you will need to contact the company that makes the sauces or alternatively if you are from the UK you can buy from most supermarkets


avatar Sandro Bellagio September 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Well done Encona for at least trying. Agree with most of the others, not extra enough to warrant the name, too salty to make it quaffable. Will enjoy the rest of the bottle, but the next one will be back to original.


avatar Cuan Brown May 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

I have been using it for a few weeks now as well, to be honest, I am not sold. I love the hot sauce, I like the balance of flavours and like the heat, this seems to have increased the heat, but reduced the flavour. Still worthwhile having around, as a nice treat add some to some humus – Ace!


avatar Bruce little April 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I won one of the bottles you guys were giving away on twitter a few weeks ago. I love normal Encona but like you guys I found this one far too salty for my taste. It is definitely a different sauce with more heat and a thicker texture but I can’t take the salt. it’s the normal one for me from now on …


avatar Hot Juan April 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I must admit, I have been using this sauce for the past couple of weeks, and it is really growing on me, the heat is there, not excessive, but more that almost any other supermarket product, I did find it salty, but dip chips in it and it a winner. Anyway if it can make Darth sweat than it cannot be bad.

Let us know what you think, has anyone else tasted one of the 100 pre-release bottle, or is in your local shops already.


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