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Burns & McCoy Exhorresco Hot Sauce

November 07, 2018

   Now I don’t say this very often about a hot sauce, but Exhorresco by Burns & McCoy is simply phenomenal. Before having tried this sauce a few years back, I had never thought that a sauce could have such a unique flavour profile while having such a scorching burn. At that point in my hot sauce journey I had yet to find a sauce so hot but also equally flavourful. This was one of the first products that made me realize that this balance was possible in a super-hot sauce. Its flavour profile is intricate and incorporates ingredients that are quite uncommon in other hot sauces on the market today. The sweet, tangy, savoury and bold notes in this sauce make it not only aromatic, but simply delicious. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, making it accessible to all kinds of tastes!

   I’ve been a fan of Burns & McCoy’s products for years now and have never been disappointed. I am so excited that their products are now available at Chilly Chiles! If you love hot sauces in general, you need to check out their sauces, which we offer online and in-store! You’re bound to find one (or more) that catch your eye!

   Being currently one of the hottest peppers in the world, the 7-pot Primo peppers, with their scorching heat, have much to offer flavour-wise given their fruity/floral taste. The heat of the Primo shines through in this sauce and is well-balanced with the other ingredients. Oak-aged apple cider vinegar makes for a uniquely woodsy tang. Apple cider vinegar, as many of you have read from previous posts, is my favourite vinegar to enjoy in hot sauces. Not only is it healthy, but its sour and tangy notes don’t overpower the other ingredients, making for a sauce that is not only at the right acidity level, but one in which each ingredient can be noticed upon tasting. Agave nectar adds a delicate, sweet touch. I always appreciate a sauce that has just the right amount of sweetness; if it’s too sweet then I tend to think of it as a dessert sauce! Yuzu juice, for me is the game-changing ingredient. Yuzu is a sour citrus fruit of Japanese origin. It has a flavour and aroma distinct from any other citrus fruit, described as similar to a cross between the taste of a lime and grapefruit. I’m sure many of you may not have heard of Yuzu because it’s quite a rare ingredient to find in a hot sauce. Its sweet, citrusy flavour blends quite fantastically with the fruity/floral taste of the Primo peppers. Black garlic is another unique ingredient. It’s made when heads of garlic are aged under specific heat and humidity conditions. It’s a very popular ingredient in Asian cuisine and has made its name more recently in the United States as an ingredient in high-end cuisine. It has a distinctly sweet and syrupy taste which has been compared to tamarind or balsamic vinegar. This tangy sweetness works perfectly with the other elements of this sauce. Salt ensures that this product is seasoned just right, while the spices, though I can’t quite pinpoint which ones, serve a purpose in seasoning the sauce.

   In terms of heat, I would give this one a solid 9 out of 10. Even with its incredible taste, it has a very strong heat and should be used with caution! I would only recommend it to those who can handle hot sauces at the level of Ghost pepper or above. This one is not at all for beginners and those who enjoy sticking to sauces within the mild-medium range. Chile heads like myself are sure to fall in love with Exhorresco and the other sauces in the Burns & McCoy product lineup!

   Enjoy this sauce in many ways (with caution)! Add modest amounts to spice mixes or marinades for chicken, pork chops, tenderloin, steak, shrimp, lamb, and salmon. I’ve had it in my sandwiches, salads, stews, and ramen! It’s the kind of sauce you wouldn’t want to add more than a teaspoon or so of in a big bowl of whatever you’re preparing! I have gone overboard a few times with it, and I can say that even though I was in pain, the flavour was SO worth it! I know I always recommend mixing hot sauces with mayo, hummus, tahini, or sour cream. For this sauce, due to its intense heat and intense flavour, you ABSOLUTELY should try it out in these mixes!

   Come by one of our store locations and give Burns & McCoy Exhorresco Hot Sauce a try!

As always, Keep it spicy!


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Horrible after taste

This sauce gets two stars from me due to the horrible after taste but contains a crazy amount of heat. It feels hotter than some other sauces I have that are rated much higher in scovilles. I only bought this due to the "hot ones" show to see what the fuss was about. I think it was a mistake to add "natural pepper flavoring", tomato paste and some wrong spices that contribute to an icky after taste (not talking about heat).


I stayed away from this sauce for a while but after watching "hot ones" my curiosity was peaked. I didn't find it as hot as some of the others that were rated lower in scoville units in their show line up. For the level of heat, I echo the comments already made. The makers of this sauce did an incredible job balancing heat with sharp flavors such as sun dried tomatoes needed to poke through. Love this sauce.

OMG The ingredients

The stuff they squeeze into this little bottle, likely why it costs a lot more. I agree with the others that this isn't super crazy hot given the types of peppers used. The makers did a good job mixing it all together in the right combination. This goes great with wild game meats, thanksgiving and other festive turkey meals. But i don't really think there's anything this hot sauce doesn't taste good with.


My head tolerance is a bit low but this sauce is absolutely perfect. Perhaps not as hot as the heat scale given in the product description though. This sauce won with over with a disclaimer that the sour cherry may contain pits. That's awesome and screams no fake simulated cherry powered in this sauce. Will be buying this again.

Disguisting and disapointing.

I'm not a hot sauce expert but my taste buds hate this rub. For a long time, I've been looking for a cherry power spice. I tried to make my own using dollar store simulated cherry powder and this Mary's product is far worse. Imagine a no name cherry coke, add a ton more sugar, a while the smoke tries to overpower the similar tart cherry flavor that actually gives me a headache. To their credit, if real dehydrated cherry powder was used, they would likely have to charge around $30/shaker. I would pay this if they added some heat to this... otherwise cook your stuff in dr. pepper or cherry coke and save money. Won't be buying this again.