ブレアーズ デスソース ４本セット ６０ｍｌ
Super Hot Sauce;2 Skull Key Chains;Great Gift Packaging;Super Cool Carrier;It's Blair's!
This sample pack ranges from "What's the big deal?" to "You took your hind parts for granted you big dummy, now look at you wiggling around in a puddle of your own tears!" Yes. Before you ask yes it does and can get real bad real quick. I've heard of Blairs before, whispered in dark corners of shady alleys in cities best left forgotten. Let me start at the beginning... (cue fade out)...
I once thought myself a man. At birth I was easily fooled into thinking I was breast fed when in fact it was an angry twisted commie with hot sauce packed falsies. How was I supposed to know? I was but a teeny patriot. Anyhow that led me to believe that a fiery belly was truly the comforting feeling of connection, of compassion, and that a mothers love broken down into parts is steel wire-like chest hair, oozing beads of sweat that sting the eyes with the stench of cheap, stale vodka. Due to my upbringing I felt that pain and love were not intermingled but were in fact one in the same. This caused puberty to be far more awkward than necessary.. (cue second fade out)...
There were some interesting middle years that dealt with time traveling, dragon riding Nazi zombies but those aren't the point of this product review so we will move on and skip to the now. The low end first 2 of this 4 part pack of evil are there not to test your mettle, but to make you feel as if your mettle has in fact been tested. Yes, you'll twist off that unassuming black cap, hover your nose just above it like dipping your little toe in the big pool of liquid fiery danger. You'll notice nothing of concern, then proceed as you've done your entire Hellfire filled life until now. You ready your trusty spoon that's been with you every step of the way, you even have a name for it, Spoonie, what you lack in naming creativity you make up for in heart. You would never turn on Spoonie and in turn Spoonie would never turn on you. Spoonie eagerly presents you with sauce 1, the "OG". You are cautious but brave, spoon in mouth you taste your fate... nothing. You're quizzical, confused as to what all the hubbub was about when you've had Tabasco many times before and this is no different. Here's where you make your first mistake, your confidence builds, your chest swells with pride, you just looked the devil in the eye and asked boastingly "What else you got?". With that Spoonie, ever ready to please you presents sauce 2. Still cautious you take your breath, lick your lifelong companion clean and? And? ... Nothing. Not a single bead of sweat forms, not the slightest wince, not even a falsely perceived rise in ambient temperature. Now these 4 Saucemen of the Buttpocalypse have you right where they want you, but you are too prideful and stupid to realize it. Impatience and false bravado consumes you. You quickly shower poor Spoonie in sauce 3 and don't give him a single moment to warn you that even though it sounds cute with it's tea ingredient it is not like sauces you've known before. You furiously engulf Spoonie, forcing your immature mouth around his entire being. Spoonie screams, cries out for you to take caution but alas it is too late. You and Spoonie have possibly met your match. Your heartbeat rapidly increases, your eyes widen in panic, your toes curl desperately attempting to grip to the sweet earth as you are unquestionably halfway to heaven. "NO! Not now! Not ever! We've come too far!" You scream as Spoonie recedes. Somehow by a miracle you survive. Was this lesson in humility enough? Of course not, you're an idiot. You are only emboldened by the pain and yell to Spoonie "ONE LAST BATTLE MY FRIEND! VICTORY OR DEATH" You plunge poor Spoonie into sauce 4, regretting you didn't take the time to say your goodbyes. Your faithful companion never thought he would be the one to drive the final nail in your coffin. Is it irony? You don't know. All you feel is the heavy cloak of regret. You sink into the endless darkness, the only sounds piercing the deafening silence is your stomach twisting, churning, fighting the urge to pass the pain to your lower chambers for fear of what that means... (last fadeout)...
This sauce is the mildest of the bunch. I personally love this one on scrambled eggs to start my morning off with a mild kick. It's also perfect to make your own tomatillo salsa with! If it'm not feeling brave enough to break out the other sauces, this is also a good companion for nachos and fish tacos. And it's the perfect addition to any marinade! The tequila in this hot sauce is a nice touch, and gives it a pretty smooth finish.
Just because this is their standard sauce, doesn't mean it's weak. Blair's levels of heat start off pretty strong, with this as a pretty big step above their more mild Jalapeno Death sauce. It's got a really smooth, smoky chipotle flavor with just enough of a kick to light your taste buds up. I love adding this into bean dip, sprinkling it on tacos, adding it to marinades. (It's amazing with beer and lime to marinate shrimp or fish for the grill!) It also adds a great kick to deviled eggs and Bloody Mary's.
This stuff is HOOOOOOT. Like, make-sure-you-have-a-glass-of-milk-around-you hot. I love spicy things, and even this sauce can catch me off guard from time to time. We love adding this to marinades for carne asada, adding a generous shake to a pot of chili, or adding some to homemade salsa. (Tip: you can balance out the heat a bit if you use it with something sweet. I make a mean mango salsa with chopped mangos, red onions, cilantro, and a few shakes of this stuff. It's painful, but addictive!) This sauce does have ginseng in it. I'm not sure if it really adds anything to the flavor, since I don't really know what ginseng tastes like. But it's in there!
This sauce is the big bad wolf of this gift pack. It isn't nearly as hot as Blair's reserve sauces, but it packs a real punch. We add it to chili, but only a few drops for the whole pot or you'll really pay for it the next day. It's also fun to add to homemade mango popsicles. (We puree mangos, add a little orange juice and a couple drops of this, before freezing it into molds.) This one is Chipotle based too, but you don't notice the smoke much once the heat hits.
This gift set also comes with two free skull keychains. So that's a pretty neat bonus! Overall, this set is (and was) the perfect gift. I'd recommend it for any hot sauce enthusiast, or even for those that are new to hot sauce and want to explore their hot sauce tolerance!
Smell: has a strong jalapeño aroma (duh). As a lover of green sauces this earned a fast spot in my top 5 (focusing on flavor first & heat second). It’s a nicely colored jalapeño hot sauce with tomatillos, garlic, onion, and tequila. What’s not to like? Would definitely buy this again. -@youlickwindows
Couldn’t resist, had to crack another bottle today.
Blair’s Original Death
Smell: it’s got a pleasant smell, red pepper and cilantro is what stands out the most. There’s definitely garlic.
I threw it on some Korean buns that had veggies in it, tasted great. Would definitely pick this bottle up again. Good flavor, good balance. - @youlickwindows
Blair’s After Death
Heat: is 5/10
Smell: it’s got a nice smell, a hint of that Tabasco signature, but an obvious pepper extract note. I tend to veer away from sauces with extract, I like the purity of sauces that don’t bank on extract to pack the heat 🔥 but this was still nice. Middle of the road level of spice, good flavor. -@youlickwindows
Blair’s Sudden Death
Smell: it’s got a strong vinegar smell, hint of ginseng, it smells mean. Sauce itself is super viscous. I’m not a fan of banking on pepper extract to bring the heat. I wouldn’t scoop this again. Jalapeño Death was their best tasting sauce I’ve had. -@youlickwindows
Jalapeno Death: a very tasty sauce. While labeled "mild", it does have a kick and I would say it's about as hot as sriracha sauce. You can dump this liberally on your scrambled eggs or a quesadilla, etc. It's a sauce for every occasion. Little kids who want to share in the fun of trying the death sauces can try this one without fear. It's my second favorite of the pack.
Original Death: by today's standards I wouldn't label this one as particularly deadly. It's got heat, but it won't cause pain. While this sauce is 30,000 on the scofield scale (~6 times hotter than Jalapeno Death), it doesn't feel to be quite that hot in my experience. This was my least favorite of the bunch. It has a very pronounced roasted chipotle taste to it and I found myself preferring the jalapeno death sauce if I wanted to add a more savory flavor along with my heat. It's good on nachos and tacos and anything you'd want to add heat and chipotle, but I wouldn't put it on a steak or seafood because the flavors would clash. This may be the sauce that made Blair's famous, but the others in the pack get a lot more use. Little kids can still handle this one, but it's starting to get pretty hot!
After Death: My favorite of the pack. It's very hot, 50,000 on the scofield scale, supposedly 10 times hotter than a jalapeno, and I believe it. If you like habanero sauces, this one is even hotter but with a similar taste. The burn starts slowly and just a few drops are enough to wake you up. I find myself putting this one on all sorts of foods, including meats, pastas, soups. This one will cause pain. If the kids are adventurous and didn't balk at the original death sauce, be warned that this one is quite a bit hotter. Start them out with a toothpick dipped into a drop of it.
Sudden Death: Wow. I've never tasted anything as hot as this. It's 105,000 on the scofield scale and 20 times as hot as a jalapeno. It's remarkable how much hotter this one is than even the After Death sauce. Make sure you shake the bottle first because it separates. Be careful, this pours QUICKLY and you need a steady hand to just get a drop out. It really shines when diluted into soups and sauces because on its own it's just too darn hot to taste anything but heat. There is a nice flavor to it, a tangy acidity. That flavor is enjoyable for about 3 seconds and then the pain sets in. My teenage son and I dared each other to eat a very small spoonful of Sudden Death and we were both miserable for about 10 minutes with red faces, sweating, eyes watering, slightly nauseous, all in good fun! I find myself adding a couple drops to marinara sauces and soups with very good results. Just a drop or two adds a tremendous heat to any dish. If the little kids survived the After Death taste test and want to continue, I recommend just a tiny toothpick of doom, a micro drop on the very tip. Even then, you need to warn them it's going to hurt. Keep some milk handy if you need to recover quickly. Not that the milk really does much to kill the heat, but it helps distract. After trying these sauces for several days on a variety of meals, I'm now able to handle Sudden Death in larger quantities, so there does seem to be some acclimatization required.
Based on the success of this four-pack, we've ordered a bottle of Ultra Death. I'm pleasantly scared!
The only reason I don't give this 4-stars is the price. While yes, these are the best one can find (in my opinion), it's still a bit rich for my blood to dish out $3-4 per ounce. But if you have a chili-head in your life, this makes a perfect gift.
I started with the most mild and went up in heat over the course of two weeks. I'll give a brief impression of all the sauces and try to estimate the Scoville rating, which can be hard to find for most of these sauces.
1. Jalapeno Death - This sauce came in very mild, with a heat that was almost undetectable. The sauce, itself, however, was very tasty, containing a strong flavor of cilantro and lime. Once my wife discovered this sauce, it was gone quickly. It goes very well with Mexican dishes. I estimate this sauce to be under 500 on the Scoville scale.
2. Original Death - You can really taste the lime and vegetable variety in this sauce. It has just a touch of heat, a bit hotter than Cholula. It is a great replacement for ketchup and goes well with almost everything. I estimate the Scoville rating to be around 3,000.
3. After Death - This was the first sauce that hurt. It is a significant jump from the Original Death. When I first tried it, I wasn't sure I could go any hotter. The heat overwhelmed the flavor and I had to use it a few times to begin to taste it. Now that I am accustomed to it, it has a wonderful garlic and lime flavor. I put it on pizza, burritos, chili, and chicken nuggets. I'd estimate this sauce to be around 50,000 Scoville.
4. Sudden Death - Now for the creme of the crop, the sudden death. I still cannot detect flavors other than sweat from my face in this sauce. It is quite hot. If you get a dab on your lips, prepare to feel like your face is melting. From what I've read, this sauce is around 100,000 Scoville and I believe it. I use this everywhere I would use After Death. Expect to spend some quality time on the toilet after eating this sauce.
These sauces come in a nice little tote and two quality skull key chains as consolation prizes for bearing the pain. After completing this set, I feel that I can enter the ranks of a newbie chili head and move on up to ghost peppers, scorpions, and reapers. This would make a great gift set for anyone exploring their capscasin boundaries.
The first hot sauce - Jalapeno Death was a great starter. It was more on the salty side than the hot/spicy side. Definitely not my favorite, but good on for fish dishes.
The second hot sauce - Original Death is my far my favorite sauce, must be the hint of chipotle. This was the perfect sauce for wings and pretty much any other dish I can think of. Fries, burgers, spaghetti everything!
The third hot sauce - Sudden Death is just like the original, but with a bit more heat. You should absolutely use a light touch when applying the sauce. Adding too much will overpower any dish. Unless you are doing a hot wing challenge then lather up that wing.
The fourth hot sauce - After Death... This one hurts. This sauce is unique, unlike the others the spiciness builds up first and then hits you like a ton of bricks when you think it's okay to start breathing again. It lingers. So my advice is to follow the directions and use a micro-drop. If it is done like this then it increase the dishes' flavor ten-fold. If you wish to use more than the recommended amount then make sure that you have lots of milk, ice and mountain dew.