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Burns & McCoy La Especia Rojo Hot Sauce

June 05, 2019

   La Especia Rojo is absolutely delicious. It’s got the kind of flavour you’d hope to find in a Mexican-style hot sauce with a mellow, medium heat. This one stands out most for its combination of very flavourful ingredients that perfectly complement each other. As I’ve said in the past, one of the many things I love about Burns & McCoy is how they use interesting, high-quality ingredients that truly work together; they provide products of artisanal quality which give you exactly what you want in the flavour department. These sauces, in my experience, have often times even surpassed my expectations. If you’d like to learn more about the company and products in their lineup we offer here at Chilly Chiles, check out my other reviews of Burns & McCoy Exitium, Exhorresco, and Devorandum!

The lightly smoky, sweet, tart, earthy, and spiced flavour of this sauce makes it the perfect companion for almost any meal! The distilled vinegar preserves the sauce with a light tang while the roasted red peppers and fire-roasted tomatoes bring some sweetness and smokiness. Water balances out the consistency of the sauce while citric acid adds some tanginess while also acting as a natural preservative. Pomegranate juice brings a unique sweet and tart taste into the mix which I really like. Guajillo, De Arbol, and Pequin chiles are the classic Mexican chiles in the sauce that bring a mild heat and citrusy, smoky flavour. The fresh garlic adds a noticeable zing one would hope to find in a sauce of this type. Roasted pepitas, which are basically roasted pumpkin seeds, add a light nutty flavour to complement the spices and peppers. The spices are pretty present in this one. I’m pretty sure part of the spice mix includes cumin and ground coriander seeds. These are the perfect, classic choices in any Mexican sauce or marinade!

In terms of heat, I would give this one a 2 out of 10. I find it very mild. For the average chile head and even beginning hot sauce lover, it would most likely be mild too. In this case then, I would recommend this sauce to anyone and everyone who loves a bold Mexican flavour! If you’re also a fan of Cholula, Tapatio, or Gringo Bandito, you absolutely NEED to give this one a try!

As much as this is a Mexican-style hot sauce, its uses go beyond adding it to your favourite Mexican foods such as tacos, enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, chili, burritos, tamales, huevos rancheros, and burrito bowls. It’s such a versatile product that it not only works as a very flavourful marinade for your favourite meats, veggies, and seafood, it’s also great enjoyed in simple ways as a table sauce. Add it to your eggs, breakfast sandwiches, hash browns, ceviche, rice dishes, wings, soups, and more! If you’re a fan of the sauces I’ve mentioned above and are looking for something a little more unique, then this sauce is the one for you!

Come by one of our store locations and give Burns & McCoy La Especia Rojo Hot Sauce a try! It’s really worth it!

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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.