There are two reasons, and two reasons only, that I chose this hot sauce. First, it has rum. As if I really needed another reason. Second, it has gold flakes in it. It’s the Goldschlager of hot sauces.
This is the coolest bottle I’ve ever had hot sauce come in. Its funky shape makes the small 1.35 oz bottle seem even smaller then it is. Once I stopped admiring the shape I noticed all the gold flakes…there’s a butt load of ‘em. That might explain the price tag of $20+ for this sauce. Once I break into the bottle (you have to cut some zip ties off first) I take a whiff. The smell is sweet, you can definitely detect the rum and the pineapple and mango etc.
My initial thought on the flavor of Tortugas is “dear god why?” I’m not going to lie, I did not like this at first. The alcohol from the rum gave me a very strange initial flavoring that I wasn’t fond of. However, once that passed this sauce is pretty good. It’s sweet with a nice little kick from the cayenne and peri peri peppers. This would be a good way to add some heat and sweetness to a finished dish, not to mention the “Oooo” factor a couple drops of gold flakes would add to the presentation of a dish.
It’s not very hot, probably only coming in around the 100k mark on the scoville scale. It might not be good for small children but most non wimpy adults should be fine with it and enjoy the heat.
If you decide to try it, and you get the initial “wtf” from the flavor like I did, please try this again. It’s actually pretty good. The bottle is really cool looking, so even if you don’t like the sauce itself the bottle will look GREAT in your collection. That being said though, I can’t honestly say I would ever pay the asking price for this sauce again. Once was enough, just for the hell of it…and to use the bottle to put my homemade sauce into for my lunches.
Ingredients: Pineapple, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dark Rum, Honey, Mango, Natural Sugar, Raisins, Water, Cayenne Pepper, Peri Peri Pepper, Spices, Xanthan Gum, 24 Karat Gold Flakes.
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