BOOK’S #FOODIE: El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Chili Habanero hot sauce (review)

 photo ElYucatecoBlack_label_zpsih4kkgei.jpg In the past I’ve tried different hot sauces before made by El Yucateco and the fact this was called a “Black Label Reserve” made me eager to want to try it. The price for this was a dollar or two more than their regular hot sauces, and their hot sauces are considered to be “budget” priced despite the fact the flavor on them have been great.

This Black Label Reserve Chili Habanero is called that because it is literally a black hot sauce, or a dark green, but I’m sure it’s a bit of both. I didn’t think of anything before I tried it but when I had it, I said to myself “are there people who will like this?” It tasted exactly like a burnt habanero, something you put on a grill or stove when you roast it. You burn the pepper and it becomes visibly crips. It tastes exactly like that and for my tastes, the burnt flavor was a bit too much.

I say this and yet I tried the bottle. I didn’t honestly struggle with it and it wasn’t horrible but I wanted to find a dish that would make it taste decent. Of course, it complimented everything in its own way but it isn’t something I’d want to buy again. I never knew burnt could be a flavor for something, I don’t know if burnt butter would sell at movie theaters or burnt corn on the cob would do well at farmer’s markets. As for the heat, it was nice but the flavor overwhelmed and it masked everything else. This one was a no go for me.

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BOOK’S FOODIE: Honest Ember Mango Habanero hot sauce (review)

 photo HonestEmber_label_zpsgxmojp2k.jpg This hot sauce is from a company in Austin, Texas I had seen in a number of blogs and website and I had thought of wanting to try a mango hot sauce. This is when I chose to go for one made by Honest Ember. I may have had mango bread on my mind that week and said “hmmm, let me pick this mango hot sauce and test it out”, so that’s what I did.

It lists mango as its first ingredient and also has water, onion, vinegar, habanero peppers, garlic, and spices, so this was one I really looked forward to. I tried it and while the mango flavor is there, it didn’t last long and I wondered if that’s what I really wanted or desired. I loved how with Adoboloco’s pineapple, the pineapple flavor remains, or at least I knew I was having a pineapple hot sauce, I never forgot that and it made me want to have more. This one lost flavor and while the heat was very much there and remained, it is called a “mango habanero”, I wanted the mango flavor to stay with me and it didn’t happen. The heat, I had no issue with but I wanted more in the flavor department. I’d be more than happy to try other variations Honest Ember make but I’ll pass on the mango one again for the time again.

If you want to try it out for yourself, the Mango Habanero sauce can be ordered directly from here. For more information, head to HonestEmber.com.

BOOK’S FOODIE: Marshall’s Haute Sauce habañero Carrot Curry (review)

It has been a year since I last did a hot sauce review here at This Is Book’s Music. I knew I hadn’t done reviews in awhile but one year and a month? The last one I did was for Thai And True Sarachee Hot Sauce out of Portland. I’ve been saving bottles in the hopes to do more reviews again but as the bottles have been gathering, I realized I better do it now before the amount of bottles become overwhelming. In truth, it’s just six bottles but with it being the first day of summer of 2015, I figure it would be a good time to start it up again. Let’s begin.


Marshall's Haute Sauce photo MarshallsHaute_label_zps5iwqsfbp.jpg If you have been keeping track of my hot sauce reviews, you’ll know that I go to Portland on a regular basis, and I enjoy wanting to try out the different hot sauces from the city. I always see a brand who sell hot sauce in a cool small bottle called Marshall’s Hot Sauce but I never went out of my way to buy them. I eventually bought a bottle and I was quite happy with the results.

I enjoy the curry hot sauces I’ve bought and this habañero curry sauce variation had to be bought as my introduction to Marshall’s and it is great. The curry is very much present and the heat on this one isn’t one that’ll freak you out or make you burn your eyes out. If this one is as good as their other flavors, I look forward to trying them in the near future.

Marshall’s was started by Sarah Marshall and the sauce is nicely distributed throughout Portland and parts of the Pacific Northwest. Some of the other variations they make include Serrano Ginger Lemongrass and Red Chili Lime, you can buy them individually or as gift packs. They also make a hot barbeque sauce, something else that would be of interest. You can find out more about Marshall’s by heading to MarshallsHauteSauce.com.

BOOK’S FOODIE: Faraon Habanero Pepper (hot sauce review)

 photo Faraon_hotsauce_zps9e85e6db.jpg This is a brand I may have passed numerous times at a Mexican supermarket here called Fiesta, always seemed plentiful but I never looked at it. One day I decided to take a look at it and discovered Faraon is a “product of Panama” but distributed from Industry, California. Upon trying a number of different varieties of habanero hot sauce as of late, this is what made me want to try this. There’s a hot meter on the label that had three ratings: mild, hot, and very hot, and this one was considered “very hot”, in the red. I figured it couldn’t be too hot, as I wasn’t buying this from a specialty store but if it was going to be hot, I had to prepare for it.

What also pulled me in to buying this is that mustard was listed as the second ingredient (“selected habanero pepper” being the first) so I had a slight sense of what this could be like. Then again, “a slight sense” of what it “could be like” is similar to saying “I don’t know what this is, but I’m going to have a guess”. Truth be told, I love this hot sauce and yes, it is indeed hot. Not super hot or mega hot, this not that kind of sauce but the kick on it is immediate. It may shock those who simply like market or restaurant hot sauce, and the heat on this one lasts. The blend of habanero and mustard is very nice, and there is even a bit of sweetness involved, but not overly so. If you are a pepperhead, the “very hot” rating of this may be equal to your “4” or “5” on a scale or 1 to 10 (or even a high “3”), so don’t expect for sweat to come out of your pores in a major way, but if this is how Panama does it, I must try Faraon’s other varieties, I spotted at least two others alongside the habanero yellow bottle. I give this a thumbs up, this was awesome in everything I had with it.

(NOTE: This review comes unsolicited, I paid for this sauce and wrote this review without compensation.)

BOOK’S FOODIE: McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder Challenge


Here’s an interesting “food challenge” video from the AaronFoodAdventures page on YouTube. This one involves Aaron trying out McDonald’s new bacon habanero ranch Quarter Pounder, of interest because it’s supposed to be hot. Is it? It has a nice hotness to it but the flavor (like the rest of the burger) is not appealing. Aaron decides to spice things up by adding extra habaneros. Here are the results.