When we came upon this Pique mi Madre sauce at the Fancy Foods Show in DC last month, it was as beautiful and flavorful as our good friend Buddah had described it. We were on the first floor of the show, Buddah had already toured the second floor and told us to be on the lookout for it. The herbs and peppers floating in the clear liquid were stunning. We sampled the sauce and were blown away with the rich flavor it had. Now THIS is a habanero pepper sauce I could love having on my table at all times. And NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED is a winner with me – my ‘fridge is already full.
We’re talking “chunks” here people – chunks of garlic, chunks of habaneros, big pieces of oregano and whole black peppercorns were floating in a sea of vinegar with sugar and water added. Mi Madre’s Pique de Puerto Rico truly is a flavorful and beautiful sauce, packaged nicely in a smart flask style bottle of 6.4 ounces.
Check out our photos of this amazing concoction from our Puerto Rican friends at Mi Madre:
A simple list of ingredients defines the classic yet powerful flavor of this sauce. Warning: this sauce is remarkably thin! And in addition, the 2 oz bottle is a milder creature compared to the larger 6.4 oz flask bottle. The flask bottle does have a restrictor cap, the 2 oz bottle does not. This may be the only time you ever see me champion the restrictor cap on a hot sauce. It is so thin, you NEED the dropper cap in place to restrict the flow of liquid onto your food.
Flask Bottle 6.4 oz Ingredients: vinegar, water, sugar, salt, black pepper, oregano, garlic, oil and habanero pepper
For comparison, here are the ingredients listed on the small 2 ounce bottle: water, vinegar, vegetable oil, peppers, oregano, garlic, black pepper, sugar, salt
And to further confuse things they apparently offer even bigger sizes of bottles at 12.5 ounces and a huge 25 ounce bottle!
Texture & Appearance: – A very thin sauce containing bits and pieces or small chunks of garlic, habaneros, oregano and whole peppercorns. It’s truly a pretty sauce to behold. I do not like how thin it is, but the restrictor cap helps manage the flow of sauce from the flask. This gets a “5 star” on its beauty alone.
Taste: – Warm, hot, spicy – with an almost “umami” taste up front. The aroma is deep and earthy – it has a “island” smell to it. This is a true “pepper sauce” with roots that go deeper than the “hot sauces” we Americans are used to – simple, yet complex.
Heat Level: – Don’t let the beautiful appearance fool you. This “pepper sauce” packs some intense heat! The little 2 ounce bottle served up a series of sneezes on my part. The larger, and hotter, 6.4 ounce sauce caused me to get a big case of hiccups! Both sauces left a nice, peppery burn on my lips and tongue – front of the mouth.
A bite of the habanero pepper from the bottle was very sweet, almost like a pickled sweet red pepper, but it *is* a habanero, and so the heat was just as intense as the sauce. Head sweats, hiccups, numb tongue – yea, it’s a 4.5 alright!
Label/Graphics: – Extremely simple label. The red chile pepper on the bigger bottle has the words “Hot Sauce” while the smaller 2 ounce bottle does not.
Overall Rating: – This is “liquid sunshine” – a fresh, bright, pungent pepper sauce that packs a big sting.
Sprinkling a few drops on pizza was nice, but it’s not visually satisfying… you know the sauce is there, you just can’t see it. And it’s so thin, it runs off onto the plate. Seems wasteful, but maybe that’s why they offer the giant 25 ounce bottle!
Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.
More about Pique mi Madre:
Pique mi Madre (Pique My Mother) is 100% hand crafted in the mountains in the center of the island of Puerto Rico. With over 10 years on the market, our product is distinguished by being 100% natural unlike other sauces on the market. Pique mi Madre does not contain any preservatives and is made ??with the best ingredients on the market including the habanero pepper, a chili world’s best grown here in Puerto Rico. The perfect balance of spicy flavor and spices make our product unique in its class giving it a unique flavor to your favorite dishes. Our product is designed to meet the strictest palate, with great pride that we present Pique mi Madre directly from Puerto Rico to the world.
While their website is under construction, you can find Pique mi Madre at the following links:
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