Hot-Headz – Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce

by Marty Greenwell on April 23, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Hot-Headz - Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce

Hot-Headz - Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce

The Scotch Bonnet chilli is a fruit that tends to get ignored by many of the hot sauce producers, which is a shame as it’s one of my favourites with its citrusy zest and fiery (but not stupidly hot) heat. Hot Headz though, have seen the light, recently releasing their Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce.

It’s fairly simple ingredient wise, mostly water and scotch bonnets with no additional flavourings to take away the concentration of the chillies. The sauce is golden yellow in colour, invitingly mellow and devilishly disguised in a way that would make you think there’s little heat to it, like the lack of seeds in the mixture.

Ingredients: Water, Scotch Bonnet Peppers (14.5%), carrots, acetic acid, citric acid, salt, xanthan gum (natural stabiliser), ascorbic acid.

This bottle kindly provided by Hot-Headz

On the nose there’s the zingy hint of the scotch bonnets with a slight vinegar vagueness in the background, probably from the acetic acid. Overall it gives an impression of freshness to the consumer. It pours readily from the bottle on to the spoon, perhaps a little too much so, making it not really a dipping sauce, more one for adding to dishes.

Like the smell, the taste in the mouth is very clean and zesty. There’s a moderate burn that attacks the tongue and the roof of the mouth; it’s a pleasant sensation that dies away after a few minutes – it definitely brightens up an otherwise dreary cheese on toast.

Priced at £3.49 in a 148ml bottle, this one represents pretty good value, but it’s not the most adventurous of products, simply a clean cut middling heat hot sauce. It nice to see another Scotch Bonnet sauce on the market though, and Hot Headz have a bottle here that’s good for adding a bit of extra heat to stir fries and it’s one I suspect will work really well with white fish. It’s definitely another entry for the collection if you’re a Scotch Bonnet fan.


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