Tonight I’m reviewing Spice of Life, a sauce from a brand called Gindo’s. The design of the bottle and label really sticks out to me. I can imagine myself wandering through the “spicy” section of the grocery store and this catching my attention out of the corner of my eye. It’s the subtle ones sometimes that stick out the most. This is a very well-designed label – small and, again, very subtle black, white lettering and sliver, with a touch of red in the circle with the pepper. I also really dig shape of the bottle. The bottle almost reminds me of the expensive bottles of olive oil and 8oz! Hopefully the sauce will be as good as the label.
Sweet Red Pepper, Distilled Vineger, Water, Habanero, Alaea Salt Flakes, Pink Himalaya Sea Salt Flakes, Black Lava Salt Flakes, Organic Cane Sugar, Ground Peppercorns and Xanthan gum
I’m having to use Wikipedia for an explanation of what Alaea Salt is; according to them it “is an unrefined sea salt that has been mixed with a red alaea volcanic clay. Most alaea sea salts sold in the United States are not made in Hawaii, but are actually produced in California.” Okay, so it’s a red not-so-Hawaiian sea salt. I have it and use a lot in salads. It is a really good salt, now that I know what the hell it is! I can get on with it already. When I first opened the bottle, the strong scent of vinegar and the sweet red peppers hit me hard. One of the best ways for me to describe the taste is an everyday type of sauce, goes with just about anything. We have all had this kind of sauce at one time or another but this just lacks something. I am very thankful for the vinegar not killing me; it has balance. You get a thin consistency and the taste of vinegar, sweet peppers, salt, and the heat when eating it by itself. When I tried it on pizza nothing shined through. It’s kind of like the label: subtle. The sauce is edible, but unfortunately, the taste is mediocre. Heat-wise I give it a Mild, with flavor as Neutral.