San Rafael, CA, United States
Vinegar, Chilies, Vegetables, Spices, Water
Description:Official: "Great on steak, chicken...um...virtually everything. Shake It!"
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Actual peppers used displayed. 3 green serranos and 1 red. 3/4 green was optimal.
Combo of orange puree and red and green chunks suspended in a light vinegar base. Cloying yet unpredictable.
Vinegar dominates the nose. The vegetable and pepper components lay suspended, dormant in the acetic acid solution, deepening the later surprise to the tongue.
Sweet Daddy has achieved balance across the palate. The combination of spicy, savory, and acidic reveal themselves in a perfect 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 ratio. Sweet Daddy resisted the urge to go too heavy on the “hot” pays solid dividends in flavor. SD is a mysterious character does not list his spices. I detect a touch of coriander and perhaps a hint of cardamom.
It runs “subtly intense” like SD himself. It generated a few beads of temple sweat, but no need to get the firehose out. Between Cholula and Tabasco on the Scoville scale.
Sweet Daddy has again harnessed the wild stallion of peppers (serrano) in his inspired XYZ Pique. Those skeptics who said he could not capture lightning in a bottle twice have been silenced by this bold sauce. SD considers himself a humble amateur pique artisan. Au contraire. I threw out a bottle of Cholula and some 2009 mustard to make room in the fridge door for his masterpieces. All hail Sweet Daddy and his worthy battle against the bland and ordinary and his extraordinary commitment to his craft.