CaJohns Naga Soreass
For my inaugural review, I will be subjecting myself to CaJohns Naga Soreass from Hot-Headz.
Like most extra hot sauces on the market, the Naga Soreass doesn't just aim for heat but also works hard to please the chili pepper aficionado. It packs in a generous proportion of Red Savina and Naga Jolokia, with a goodly amount of tomato, vinegar, onion, garlic and seasoning. The result a fruity, thick concoction not dissimilar to a salsa with plenty of chunky texture.
The flavour is well balanced and doesn't overwhelm with too much acid or sugar; starting with a sharp tartness and rounding off with a mellow punch of chili pepper that envelopes your throat and makes you just want more. Unfortunately, the heat is not up to what you might expect: it claims to tip the scale at 350K SHU but I would estimate it perhaps more around 250K to 300K SHU. Similarly, both the fire and the flavour fade a little too quickly for my liking (when a sauce like this threatens to tear me a new oesophagus I expect the burn to last pretty much until morning). Plus, at £5.99 for 148ml, it's slightly more expensive than other sauces of the same intensity.
The upside is that this is a rich and characterful sauce, with enough bite to tempt any fans of real heat and also appeal to the more adventurous chilihead apprentice. For a nice touch, consider mixing it with a corn chip salsa alongside a ramekin of sour cream and chives.
- Excellent flavour and balance
- Well rounded and fruity
- Highly versatile as a sauce or cooking ingredient
- Slightly disappointing heat
- Both heat and flavour fade a little too quickly
- Needs to come in a bigger bottle (I finished mine in less than a week)
- I'm a family man and the label scared my kid