Tahiti Joe's Kumawanakilya XXX Hot SauceLast up in today’s lineup is Tahiti Joe’s Kumawanakilya XXX Hot Sauce.  I’ll go ahead and just say, I have no idea if this really means anything in the Hawaiian language, but it sound like this bottle wants to hurt me badly, and I can’t help it, every time I read the bottle, my brain replays the scene from Wayne’s World where they are doing the Hawaii segment in front of the blue chroma key screen.  To add to this threat of hurting me seems to be some imagery of a fiery volcano starting to erupt, and I have no idea what “Make No Koho” means in the subtitle of this label, but in my completely uneducated loose translation of it, I’m guessing it means “beating with hockey stick”.  Yeah, so, this XXX hot sauce looks like it pretty much just wants to screw with the end of my day.  Hope it tastes good and I don’t have to suffer too badly.

Ingredients:

A noticeable difference from the previous two reviews today is that instead of Aged Red Peppers being first on the list, which is usually interpreted as red bell peppers, we’ve moved straight to habaneros.  No aging, nothing fancy, just straight to heat this time it looks like.  The remainder of the mix seems mostly similar to the other sauce, for the exception of the addition of Ginger and Cilantro.  Here’s the full mix list: Habanero Peppers, Apple Cider Vinegar, Crushed tomatoes, Key Lime Juice, Clam Juice, Honey Worcestershire, Fresh Garlic in Water, Carrots, Fresh Onions, Ginger, Cilantro, Spices and Natural Gum

Aroma/Color/Texture:

There is a much deeper red to this sauce and it’s noticeably thicker, pouring with a little ease, but a tap on the bottle encourages it to get out.  There is a similar aroma to the blend, but the tangy and salty has given way more to the tart and oddly unexpected sweetness.  Time to dig in and see if I’m going to feel the wrath of a Hawaiian volcano, or get smacked in the face with the Hawaiian hockey stick.

Ratings:

FIRE
FLAVOR

This starts off with a slightly odd sharp chili pepper flavor with a slight bit of sweetness from the tomato, the heat from the chili peppers then amps up to a Mean heat level and then there is something that comes across as a black pepper bite, and your tongue gets the burn from a few angles here, one from the tartness of the vinegar, one from the ample level of habanero heat, and then some of that black pepper just to keep you guessing.  If you prefer your sauces to taste more like the chilis that are in them, and you like habanero flavor, this has plenty to boot, but has some variation in flavor.  That interesting balance I saw in the last two sauces isn’t quite as showcased here, as this tends towards the more classic style of sharpness and chili pepper flavor.  While it’s still a decent sauce, I sort of feel like in the battle of Joe versus this volcano sauce, the volcano may have a bit of an upper hand.  I’ll give this a Nominal rating, and I’m hoping that after Joe survives the volcano blowing him out to sea, that maybe I’ll get to see a sauce that has this much fire, but follows that winning base that he’s used in the other two sauces I reviewed today.

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