start right off the bat as admitting I am not a huge fan of mass-produced sauces. They tend to have an overly processed taste "or lack of" with poor consistency and no discernable aroma. But every now and then I buy a sauce I know is mass-produced (I live in Colorado-there are more hot sauces then people) and WHOA! Surprise, surprise, surprise. This sauce is just that case.
Salsa Kutbil-ik de Chile Habanero is El Yucatecos hottest in their garden of habanero sauces. The first thing I do with every new sauce I try is pour it on a spoon, right out of the bottle, and taste it. A good habanero sauce will have three characteristics:
1-A clean, citrus-y, almost smoky-earthy aroma.
2-Flavor that tastes like fresh habanero, not vinegar.
3-Heat that starts at the tip of the tongue, and slowly flows all the way to the back of the throat. This sauce hits two out of three.
Salsa Kutbil-ik smells like I just picked a habbie right out of my garden. Fresh, very fresh. Doest smell like a mass-produced sauce. Doesn't pour like one, either; very smooth and constant.
The flavor of the sauce right out of the bottle took me right to the Yucatan-very fresh, very full, and it just coats the tongue with the flavor of a just-picked habbie. If it weren't for the salt and spices it would taste like a slice of the real thing.
The heat? Here's where I was taken back to reality. The heat hits you right away, and their completely disappears. I mean, it completely disappeared. This is a habanero sauce?