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D'ELidas Picante Chombo


Category: Hot Sauce
Style: Panamanian Hot Sauce
Commercial Product: Yes
Product of: Panama
Manufacturer: D'ELidas USA
Website: Visit

Ingredients: Selected Habanero Pepper, Mustard, Vinegar, Water, Salt, Onion, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate.

JayT's Rating:  4.3

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Label/Packaging: This bottle jumps out at me. I don't know if it is the bright yellow background or the fresh pods in the center. Maybe it's the fact that it has a Spanish name. Maybe it's because it is from Panama. Whatever it is, the label works.

  
Appearance/Aroma: As far as the appearance of the sauce, it is pourable, but chunky. Full of bits of pepper flesh and skins. I like a sauce to have some texture. Reading the ingredients I am expecting it to be vinegary and runny, but it has a nice consitency. Hmmm it has an orifice reducer the top. Not a good sign. Threw that away. Now I can get down to business. The aroma is interesting. I can smell the pungency of the peppers, the bite of the vinegar (I wonder what kind of vinegar it is?), but the overwhelming smell is mustard. I don't know that I have had a hot sauce that has mustard as a top ingredient. At least not one that claims to be a habanero sauce. This is going to be interesting. You know what this smells like? A jar of pepperocini. Cool aroma.

Some of the best sauces I have had were gifts from family or friends on vacation in Mexico, Barbados, and other Caribbean destinations. I absolutely love trying sauces from other countries especially when I have NEVER had a sauce from them before. Panama is one country that I have not had, or even seen a sauce from. From what I have read, this is commonly used as a table sauce in Panama, and has just recently become available in the USA by D'ELidas USA in St. Louis and Florida.

If the aroma and look of the sauce are any indication this is going to be fun. First taste of the sauce is pleasant. You know how you have a salsa with a lot of ingredients going on and you let it sit in the fridge for few hours to let the flavors marry? That is what I am getting here. I can taste each ingredient, but none overpowers the other. There is a vinegary kind of tart beginning, then the mustard and onion flavors take over and the bite of the habanero finishes up.

The heat of this sauce is a tiny bite on the tip of the tongue followed by a building warm heat on your throat. It is what I would call warm. Not a burner by any means. It is more of a mellow, enjoy the taste, but feel the warmth building, and don't forget I AM a hot sauce kind of heat. I have had many habanero sauces and some hotter, but this one has a distinctive flavor that I will remember. Now, let's try it on some food.

Heat Level: 5
From Nada to Naga (0-10, 10+ being Extreme)

Suggested Uses: Since wings are my favorite thing to try hot sauces on I got a big bag and cooked them in my smoker. I added the sauce toward the end and even poured some on as I ate them. Great on wings. I also liked it on quesadillas, a pastrami sandwich, and even in a salad. I see why they use it as a table sauce. It is VERY versatile.

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4.3
 

Reviewer's Notes:

The only major points I take off are for heat. I would think a "habanero first" sauce would have more heat than this one does. I guess it would be hot for Joe Public, but I think it is on par with... say Tabasco Habanero sauce for heat. Not quite as hot as I would like. Other than that, I really enjoy this sauce and think you should try it.
*Is the heat level on par with the name/ingredients/marketing, etc.

12 Comments

Another descriptive and informative review.

Nice one Jay
man, I'm glad that we have such good reviewers here on THP! :rofl:

good job dude! How was it on a Nathan's?
Cool JT. :) thank you again for a job well done.
Try this Panamanian one too Jay: http://sistapeppersauce.com

Try this Panamanian one too Jay: http://sistapeppersauce.com


Have you had it? It looks good. Thanks for the comments guys.
Nice Review, Jay, as always.
I don't usually comment on your reviews, but I always read them, and always like them.
I will try to comment more.
For what it's worth, I always end up wanting to try the sauces you review... Good or bad, lol

Have you had it? It looks good. Thanks for the comments guys.


Well yes, that's why I recommended. :D

Not to take away from this sauce. But if you like that, you'll like this... sorta thang.

Nice Review, Jay, as always.
I don't usually comment on your reviews, but I always read them, and always like them.
I will try to comment more.
For what it's worth, I always end up wanting to try the sauces you review... Good or bad, lol


Someone has a crush on JayT.

Oh cool sig! :lol:

Someone has a crush on JayT.


Haha. I was just drunk, prolly one of those "I loooove you maaaan" moments.
Beer goggles! :lol: Yeah, Jay is an ugly mofo. :P
:rofl: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No this was a cool sig until the last upgrade.


He saw her oils glistening on the placenta, the Siren of Heat spread wide open and longing to be eaten. Her seeds ripe, clinging to her warm glowing flesh and waiting for the gentlest of touches to unleash their heat. He reached inside of her and touched her seeds of love gently, caressing and stroking as he longed to take her roughly. As he drew her to his mouth the light caught her form and for a moment it turned from the alluring color of life to the dark shadow of death. But it was too late, he had gone where no man should ever go. His face contorted in pain, convulsions, perspiration, his heart pulsing rapidly. And with a flash of light so bright he paid the price for taking the forbidden fruit - he hurled onto the carpet.


If when entering it I let the word wrap do it then it counted as 1 line. Now it don't WAAAAAAA!!! lol


And yes that does sound like a tasty sauce. Thanks for steering me through another great mental taste test.

Another descriptive and informative review.

Nice one Jay


Seconded!
:cheers:

Sauce sounds great!
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