Dave’s Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia Hot Sauce Review

I won’t bore you with the long and storied history of Dave’s Insanity sauces, but suffice to say that they are the stuff of legend. While other companies resort to cute names and over the top scare tactics to sell their sauces, Dave’s sells on reputation alone.

Dave’s Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia Hot Sauce is bottled in the usual way. As always the label focuses on an ironic picture of a pepper sunning itself on the beach, but this time it’s brought a friend: the floating translucent ghost of peppers past. While the label it warns that it may injure those with heart problems, and that it moonlights as a grease remover, the design itself is rather jaunty and cheerful. Possibly an analogy is the best way to sum of the situation. Dave’s label is to the sauce within as a “visitors welcome” sign  is to the lion den at the zoo.

Some sauces include strange ingredients that seem interesting but change little about the flavor. Dave’s makes little attempt to dress itself up. Ghost Pepper is followed by hot pepper extract, salt, vegetable oil, roasted garlic pulp, and acetic acid. Let me simplify: they take the world’s hottest pepper, add hotter extract, amplify the pain with salt, allow it to stick to your tongue with vegetable oil, toss in a little garlic and call it a day.

If you’re curious, you can shake the bottle and watch the beads of translucent blood red chili extract cling to the inside of the glass. I recommend shaking the bottle before use anyway to better integrate the extract which rises to the top when the sauce sits idle. Upon opening it smells appetizingly of blended tomato’s and roasted Habenero peppers (though it includes neither of these).

My first taste of Dave’s Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia Hot Sauce was a wonderful, slightly smoky flavor, with a nice touch of sweetness. People say that this sauce is noticeably sweeter than Dave’s Insanity Sauce. I’d compare them but I have no Insanity on hand.  The heat comes a half second after the flavor, striking hard but dissipating surprisingly fast. Only a few second later and I was ready to taste again. My stomach’s recovery was not nearly as quick. I tasted the sauce on a burrito and suffered internally for the next hour or so. Dave’s Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce changed the burrito’s flavor little while adding an intense kick.

Overall I was impressed at how tasty this sauce was. For a sauce with minimal ingredients, Dave’s Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia Hot Sauce has a surprisingly good flavor. It’s no wonder Dave’s has remained a pivotal part of the hot sauce scene for so long. Maybe later, I’ll try it on grease.

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