Thanks to the helpful pointers from those sages of hot sauce Tom Steele and The Rogue, this heat loving hot sauce novice has gotta say, Dave's Insanity has some powerful mojo. I used to think that I was a seasoned veteran of all things hot, but oh how wrong I was.
While on the Napa Road Trip last week, (see postings on the California board) my shipment of nectar from Dave's Gourmet Foods arrived at the old homestead. It was too late when the Mrs. and I arrived home Friday night/Saturday morning for any family member to dine, except for a ration of Pounce Cat Treats for Binky. I sure am glad that I refrained from cracking open that bottle of Dave's Insanity sauce then, I would have never been able to sleep afterwards had I done so.
So the first opportunity for a sauce tasting was Saturday evening, after a run to In-N-Out. The In-N-Out fries were starting to cool and get mushy by the time I got them home, so I figured a shot of Dave's would liven them up. I did read the instructions on the bottle, and contrary to my practice with say, Tabasco, I just dripped one teeny tiny little drop of Dave's on a fry. I pop'd that little chile infused sucker in my mouth and immediately stood at attention. That stuff is HOT! One little miniscule drop of that stuff and my tongue, mouth and throat felt like they had been in an altercation with six burley cops wielding industrial sized cans of the world's hottest pepper spray. That wonderful burn, from that one drop of Dave's lasted through a can and a half of Canfield's Diet Chocolate soda.
I have new found respect for those 'hounds who are masters of the hot sauce universe. This experience has exposed me to a new level of hotness, I only hope I am up to the challenge. That bottle of Dave's Insanity is presently "cooling" in the refrigerator, I hope it doesn't bust the compressor.
I also acquired for my saucy inventory a bottle of Dave's Total Insanity hot sauce, which is claimed by Dave's to actually be lower on the hotness scale than Dave's regular Insanity sauce, but with the addtion of garlic. To round things out I also obtained a bottle of Dave's Badlands Barbeque sauce. I can't wait to try the hot sauces on some soup or a bowl of chili, and to slather on the BBQ sauce on some smoked meat.
I salute all of you real hot sauce mavens out there, this saucy introduction has expanded my life experience by a magnitude greater than 10 on the Richter scale, if if hasn't reduced my life expectancy by 10 years.