Blair’s Pure Death Hot Sauce Review
Although the label does feature a skull surrounded by fire, compared to most other hot sauces, the design comes off as that of a no-frills sauce that is not interested in overselling itself. Full disclosure: Blair’s Pure Death Hot Sauce comes with a free dangling skull key chain, which is one of the easiest ways to get a positive review from me.
That being said, the smell gives off an acidic, tomatoey essence despite completely lacking the fruit. Instead, the sauce contains Habanero Chili Pods, Naga Jolokia, Vinegar and Hawaiian red salt.
The habanero would be rough enough, as a pepper that typically contributes 100,000-350,000 scovilles, but Blair was not satisfied with that, choosing to back up the formidable little pepper with the Naga Jolokia.
To get a sense of the heat that Naga Jolokia or Ghost Peppers are capable of delivering, according to a 2007 National Geographic article, the pepper has been used in parts of India by smearing it onto fences in order to keep back wild elephants.
Pure Death exhibits a vibrant color, most likely due to the use of just four ingredients with little more than vinegar and salt in the ways of preservatives.
The sauce has an interesting consistency, in that it appears thick, while pouring like a thin sauce. It leaves behind very little visible residue. This is mostly due to the fact that it is a chunky sauce, with pepper solids and visible seeds.
Despite the impression that the sauce is a simple oversold mild affair, the burn hits you before the flavor does, or at least this is the case when I tasted a single drop on my finger. So for the sake of getting a better feel for the sauce, I took a small sip.
While the heat is intense, it does not linger too long, making it ideal for regular applications to a slice of pizza, or perhaps an even coating on a chicken sandwich.
It can be difficult to pinpoint the flavor while cramming ice cubes down your throat, but it has a subtle, almost citrussy tone to it. Although it lacks the sweetness, it does have the gusto of a hearty bell pepper, with the ability to simulate leaving your tongue on the terminals of a nine-volt battery for five-minutes too long.
While other sauces may go out of their way to make you think it will burn holes through your face, this face lets the Naga Jolokia do the talking.
The bright color of the sauce almost makes it appear to be a fun food additive. Don’t be fooled.
As the label proclaims “Feel Alive!” because frankly, there’s no telling how much time you’ll have left to do so when you try this sauce.
If anything, Blair’s Pure Death Hot Sauce delivers a solid blow to your taste buds while maintaining its integrity with natural ingredients and very little hype outside of the “Death” brand name.
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