Let me start by saying this: I read a little note that the cooks who make the nectar from Grinder’s death wear protective suits. I think that’s a pretty good indication of what to expect here. It’s terribly spicy – so spicy that I cursed many obscenities after tasting it. But is it so hot that that’s all you want to try? Isn’t the nectar of Grinder’s death much more than a hell of a firework? And you can even use that sauce outside of the bold? Let’s get to the bottom of this.
Let’s start with the ingredient list (and there are a few surprises): Pineapple juice concentrate, habanero puree, bell pepper, tomato paste, mango puree concentrate, tamarind concentrate, spices (sugar, salt, garlic, onion, brown sugar), squid ink, espresso coffee ground, caramel color, chipotle puree, lime juice concentrate, garlic powder, ghost chili powder, lemon juice concentrate, potassium sorbate and potassium benzoate. There are shells in there too.
Okay. Okay. As you can see, there are many poor quality ingredients. It’s like a kitchen sink – everything from citrus to espresso, squid and ink. But make no mistake, you have no taste. Not even the pineapple juice concentrate (which is at the top of the list) can be found here.
Honestly, it’s pure thermal shock at first. And not surprisingly, habanero puree and direct pepper extract took second and third place. For more information, see below.
So how do you get a taste of it safely? Use the base. Even after that, you have to be a hot sauce daredevil to get close enough to this sauce to taste some of its flavors. When I mixed Grinder’s death nectar with chili (about the size of a toothpick), I could detect a hint of citrus here. Most only get extreme heat, so many of the ingredients mentioned are not part of the immediate flavor profile.
The nectar of death crushed on a spoon…
Now you know: If you think jalapeños are spicy, avoid this sauce. A mix of habanero extract, paprika, chipotle pepper and ghost paprika is fierce.
The millers (the maker of this infernal sauce) call it a hell of a heat. But I don’t think that’s a good description. That doesn’t explain the horror of the heat. But seriously. There’s a reason it won the Scovie award: its calorific value comes from another planet, 337,000 Scovian Heat Units (SHU). Compare this to jalapeños (2500 to 8000 SHU) and it’s not even close. In fact, it tops the fresh habanero pepper range (100,000 to 350,000 SHU) and is a culinary space reserved for true connoisseurs of spices.
It’s hard to say that the sauce is spicy and balanced, but that’s because the spiciness is what matters here. Grinder’s death nectar doesn’t pretend to be anything else, from title to marketing. However, some of the ingredients in the sauce need to be a little tougher. I wonder what citrus sauce and espresso powder would really taste like.
As for eating something so spicy: The spike hits you immediately and spreads to the back of your throat where it will stay. Your mouth and lips will burn for at least 20-30 minutes after tasting the Grinders Death Nectar. It gets hot, but I don’t know how you can take a few of these bites and not want to crawl into that ball in the corner.
The good news about the coziness is that a bottle of Grinders death nectar lasts a long, long time. The cost of a toothpick is out of control.
No surprises here – it’s an exceptional sauce for those who choose HOLY HELL HOT! For most people, if you don’t want your face to melt, you need to give it a base. Mix it with barbecue sauces, chili, herbs and salsas to spice it up.
I’m not talking about a teaspoon, I’m talking about the number of toothpicks. Use it wisely and start small. I loved adding it to a big bottle of barbecue sauce that I thought was a little too sweet and needed a little more punch. Of course, Nectar of Death gave me exactly that, with a small amount of toothpicks.
The bleeding skull at the front of the label is an excellent metaphor for what you feel on your face after taking a small bite. The bottle has that medicinal shape that adds charm to the shelf. This is a special package. Even in a world where the sauce is extremely hot, where the skulls are curved and the graphics are bold, this kind of thing draws attention. The design is really of very high quality.
The description of the Nectar of Death on his website is as follows: This sauce is so spicy that it will surprise you and burn your taste buds. Not suitable for children under 18 or screamers of any age. Here we go again. The fact that the sauce matches this brand seals the deal. It attracts attention and has great collector’s value.
Grinders Death Nectar is a quality hot sauce for real extremes. Great heat at 337,000 Scoville thermal units. The citrus flavor is behind the heat, but the spiciness is really the star. Use with caution.
On a scale of 1 (lowest value) to 5 (highest value).
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