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Melinda's Naga Jolokia Ketchup

December 12, 2013

  • Melinda’s Naga Jolokia Ketchup

    Be it in the beer world or the world of a chilihead you have to be open minded, if you close yourself off from products because of who makes them you lose out on the chance to find some amazing things that can replenish your faith in a company.

    Melinda’s is one of those companies for me, I had tasted several Melinda’s sauces and wasn’t to keen on any of them (now don’t get all up in arms, I know that there are some good sauces in their line up and believe we all have different palettes but what I had from the company left me wanting something more) if I wasn’t open minded I may not have added the Naga Jolokia ketchup to my last Chilly Chiles order due to the maker, I must admit I’m glad I did.

    Going into this I had only had the Heinz Tabasco ketchup myself, and not being a fan of Heinz I only dealt with it for the fun of trying it mixed with a hot sauce, which did make me start mixing my designer ketchups with designer hot sauces…but here we had a hot pepper with a lot of flavour mixed with a ketchup that wasn’t Heinze and I was intrigued.

    I poured a spoonful out and gave it a sniff and cinnamon, garlic, cloves and smokiness assailed my nostrils, yet just like with the ghost pepper it didn’t smell hot, it worried me I must admit. Trying it this is the way my brain went “OH MY GOD WHAT HAVE I DO----Oh the heats gone” Yes that is it, it hit with a full on boot to the taste buds but fades to just nice garlic flavour almost right after. 

    Gluten Free, no high fructose corn syrup and an amazing taste, I want more, I want a lot more. It was the perfect heat to flavour ratio and it reinvented Melinda’s for me due to as stated before not being a huge Melinda’s hot sauce fan. It is something to buy, something to try and something any chilihead could enjoy and non-chiliheads could tolerate. Do yourself a favour and buy it.

    Onwards to heat!

    Slainte

    PS. Another plus that was added to this from our fridge space tyrant (the punter) buying this saves space as you don’t have a bottle of Ketchup and a bottle of hot sauce to add to it in your fridge.

    Chad “The Albino Rhino”




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Stomach pains over and over...

I would recommend this wholeheartedly but after my experience I'd say do not, for the love of God, eat this thing unless you crave insane amounts of recurring stomachs pain and spiritual regret.

It's fine at the beginning, tasty actually with a nice initial mouth and throat burn but the satanic embers begin about 2-5 minutes after and flourish with terrible abandon for HOURS afterwards. I had to lie down for an hour and thought the cramps had finally finished their unrelenting grinding assault.

How wrong I was.

When I foolishly thought the unending pain had subsided I drove my 2 young kids to a birthday party, only 15 minutes away. Halfway through though I experienced an oncoming annoyance I felt my will could overcome. Mild sweating initially, followed by a steaming, angry swell deep in my intestinal tract up to my gut and my soul. I tried with great effort to subside the inevitable but alas my strength faltered and failed epically.

My daughter insisted we turn around, head back home or to a hospital as she was well aware of my turmoil, palpable and terrifying for one so young and naive of the stupidity of a grown adult's need for acceptance of accomplishment, however idiotic it may seem.

In the end we made it and I'm glad we did but it was an experience I would never wish upon my worse enemy.

10/10 but please, for the love of all that is Holy don't eat this abomination unless you're comfortable being extremely UNCOMFORTABLE.

Great Product & Customer Service

Great service and great product! Got this for my boyfriend who loves spicy food (I didn't try it because it would most likely reduce me to tears) and he LOVED it. Customer service was great! 10/10 would order from again

Surprising heat, with flavor!

The Spicy Shark's sauces are all made in a similar state of mind: heat without sacrificing the flavor. When I first opened the bottle, I immediately picked up banana(!), then Dijon, then a hint of pineapple. I used it in a pineapple-based chicken curry and despite all the spices from the curry itself, the sauce still came out on top adding its fantastic Dijon flair, backed with the creeping kick of ghost pepper. This will probably be a bit mild for chili heads but packed with flavor. Definitely going to become a mainstay for my curries!

Black Garlic

This sauce is amazing, was expecting it to be hotter being reeper. But the burn lasted longer then other sauces I have tried. Great sauce definitely will buy again.

My son loved the bottle I brought home from St. Lucia. These are for Christmas.