Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Black Mamba Venomous Hot Sauce
I'm usually not impressed with the flavor of most ultra-hot hot sauces, even when I make it past the intense extract-driven heat level. It often seems to me as if flavor is an afterthought to most manufacturers when they're developing an ultra-hot sauce, as if the only thing that mattered was outdoing the heat level of the last new ultra-hot to hit the market. There's an exception, however: Black Mamba Venomous Hot Sauce. Yes, this ultra-hot packs a huge bite from the instant you taste a microdrop - and the searing heat lingers for a good long time. But because it's made with the darkly flavored chocolate habanero pepper (comparable in heat to Red Savina habaneros but with a more complex flavor profile) and blended with high quality capsaicin extract, Black Mamba actually has some pleasant smoky flavors that complement heavy foods like ribs and grilled meat. Make no mistake: Black Mamba is only for serious chileheads and you'll definitely get an endorphin rush from this ultra-hot (and you do NOT want to get it on your skin or eyes!). And if you're keeping score at home, Black Mamba Venomous Hot Sauce now occupies 4th Place on my list of Hottest Hot Sauces, right after Da Bomb Ground Zero and ahead of Blair's Mega Death. But Black Mamba actually tastes good, and is an ultra-hot that's meant to be enjoyed on food and not merely left on a collector's shelf gathering dust. So if you have a cast-iron stomach and teflon-coated tongue, get a bottle of Black Mamba today - just make sure you have plenty of antivenom (milk) handy in case its bite is more than you can handle!