Love your reviews Ed. No drama and nice detailed reviews.
Agreed. Good review.
As a hot sauce lover and collector many (uhm) years before trying my own crack at it, I have tried and collected many with cool labels and "local" connections that can usually only be found in tourist districts to that locale. The locals don't know it, they don't eat it. They certainly exist where I live and try and capitalize on whatever the attraction for the area. Go to wherever is the roadside attraction "the biggest ball of twine" and likely you will find "The Biggest Ball of Twine Hot Sauce." Many (not saying this is one) are produced by profiteers and not real hot sauce folks. I am certain that most here reading will understand.
Omitting names, but there is someone in my area who has marketed a "local" product with catchy name, who most certainly is not a "local" and the sauce leaves much to be desired (tastes like a mock up of Tabasco.) But, apparently it makes money and the tourists snatch it up, believing they've gotten something local and unique. It grates my cheese to no end.....
In edit - I mean no direct offense to those who take this route, I understand capitalism well. Just to an idealist, it seems disingenuous.
2nd edit - I just looked it up and apparently there is actually a roadside attraction called "The Biggest Ball of Twine." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biggest_ball_of_twine
Was using this as a metaphor, I apologize. But, if you have hot sauce, my point stands for challenge.