Welcome to day 7 of 11 in my Dave’s Gourmet Sampler Pack taste test. Dave’s is one of my favorite brands of hot sauce, and I’m excited about taking this hot sauce journey. The variety of different sauces and primary flavors that came in the variety pack I purchased was staggering, with each bottle offering something new and unusual. Let’s take a look at what the masterminds of mouth melting have in store for us this time.
Presentation: Each of the Dave’s labels remains consistent. A red pepper sunning itself on a beach somewhere. This pepper is sunning itself with its little green Jalapeno friend. The primary differences in labels come in the color, hot sauce name, single sentence description, and heat level. The label for Hurtin’ Jalapeno is dark green, featuring the tagline “So Green, it’s Obscene!” On Dave’s own heat scale this ranks 3 out of 5 and is considered “warm”.
Color: This sauce has an interesting olive-green color. It’s quite opaque, and truly gives the visual impact that this is certainly a Jalapeno sauce. It looks very creamy and smooth.
Smell: The Jalapeno is celebrated in the smell of this sauce for sure. Coupled with a rich acidic note, this might as well be a Jalapeno scented Yankee candle, as it does incredible justice to the pepper itself.
Taste: As I expected from the smell of it, the Jalapeno flavor is rich and robust in this sauce. A lot of people who are tentative about hot sauce but enjoy a little bit of spicy foods may not realize exactly how much Jalapeno permeates their diet already. This Jalapeno sauce just screams “Mexican Food” at me and is reminiscent of some Salsa Verde I had in Mexico once… but creamier and not chunky. And it is free of Montezuma’s Revenge… There is more going on in the flavor than just the Jalapeno, but that is its shining star. According to the label, there is Leek in this tiny bottle. The only experience I’ve had with leek is from Farfetch’d off Pokemon. (God, I hope someone gets that reference…) There are lots of additional spices going on in this sauce that add to its flavor, but jalapeno still reigns king.
Mouth Feel: As another “warm” sauce from Dave’s this is meant to be used as a table sauce. I disagree with that premise. I think this is a fantastic cooking sauce, as it gives a hearty Mexican Jalapeno/peppery flavor to chicken without having to buy, dice, and sauté actual Jalapenos. The burn is warm in my book, a great entry-level heat for the novice and it hits you in the back of the throat.
Overall: This is another extremely flavorful sauce from Dave’s. It’s hard to tell whether their time making pasta sauces spills over into hot sauce or their time in hot sauce spills over into pasta sauces, but they come up with some great flavors. Hurtin’ Jalapeno is great at retaining its flavor when you cook something in it and can add a nice Mexican zest to any poultry meal. I give this sauce 4 out of 5 for its Jalapeno flavor and its unique camouflage color.