Welcome to 2014, good readers! I get the pleasure of bringing you the first review of the new year, and boy, is this an interesting one. Longtime readers will remember that I’m a fan of garlic-flavored sauces, and today’s product looks to be right up my alley. What sets this certain sauce apart, though, is that it also contains honey (I bet you never would have guessed that from the title). Apparently, the good folks at Torchbearer Sauces figured that garlic is good, and honey is good, so they should be great together. I’m definitely intrigued by the promise of this sauce, so let’s dig in.
Honey, Distilled White Vinegar, Garlic, Canola Oil, Lemon Juice, Carrots, Mandarin Oranges, Tomatoes, Chili Powder, Black Pepper, Salt
The way I see it, if your product promises a certain ingredient or combination of ingredients, those things had better be towards the top of the list. Here, Torchbearer Sauces delivers. The rest of the list is rounded out with an interesting combination of fruits and vegetables, making this a rather appealing product for those of us who believe hot sauce should have its own place on the food pyramid (towards the bottom, mind you; 8-10 servings a day).
I’m really digging the color of this sauce. True to its name, it has a light honey color that I haven’t seen in too many other products. It’s a little on the thin side (which surprises me a little), but it does contain flecks of garlic and pepper within the mix. Oh, and as you might expect from a honey-based sauce, it is extremely sticky. One more important thing to keep in mind here is that this is definitely a sauce you need to shake every single time, because the thicker ingredients will definitely separate and settle.
Smell and Taste:
I expected a sweet smell, but it’s the garlic that hits me first. The honey is in there too, followed by what I can only assume is the blend of “healthy stuff.” Ah, but the sweet hits first, and the garlic doesn’t serve quite as big a role as the smell suggests. My first taste of this product reminded me of an Asian mustard. You know, except with the mustard seed. I actually half-expected it to have that horseradish burn that spicy mustards tend to pack.
However, there’s no real burn of any sort here. Torchbearer’s Honey Garlic sauce isn’t meant to be spicy; it is simply meant to be enjoyed. I’m giving it a Mild for heat, and a Nice for flavor. I wouldn’t mind a bit more of a balance, but Torchbearer does pull off this weird combination rather well.
Chicken would be a fantastic choice here. This doesn’t really strike me as the most versatile sauce, but it could definitely work as a salad dressing. I would personally keep it away from my beef, but you’re certainly welcome to try that and report back.
The start of a new year is a fantastic time to try something new. Enjoy!