I love heat, but I’ll admit I was a little scared of Torchbearer Garlic Reaper Sauce before I tried it. I mean, it stars the Carolina Reaper – the chili that tops the Scoville scale – as the first ingredient listed in its ingredients list. So as a true scaredy-cat, I was smart and only tried a drop. And, holy hot sauce, there’s high heat here, but (and it’s a big but) there’s a lot of flavor to go with it. How well is it balanced, and can you even use a sauce this hot? Let’s take the Garlic Reaper for a ride.
As mentioned, Torchbearer Garlic Reaper Sauce’s ingredient list starts with a BIG bang: Carolina reaper pepper, garlic, canola oil, water, distilled white vinegar, lime juice, granulated garlic, mustard powder, chili powder, and salt.
You just know it’s going to be high heat, but I’m glad to report that there’s so much more here than that.
Smell this sauce first. You’ll get hit with the aromatic tang of garlic, which alerts you this isn’t only an “EFF YOU HOT” hot sauce, but one with real flavor.
The extreme peppery bite of those Carolina Reapers is the first thing that you taste (and feel). Soon after, you taste that garlic sweetness, which dulls down the heat but only temporarily. This heat builds.
The garlic is the real winner in this sauce as it lingers long along with the heat. You can almost think of Torchbearer Garlic Reaper like an extreme creamy, hot garlic sauce. It’s the key ingredient that keeps you coming back for more. That garlic infuses so well with the Reapers that you just want your tongue to keep soaking it in, even after the heat builds and builds (and builds.)
Torchbearer Garlic Reaper is high heat. It doesn’t reach fresh Carolina Reaper heights (1.4 to 2.2 million Scoville heat units), even with it being first on the ingredients list. But it still packs an extra-hot punch at 116,000 SHU. That puts it in line with eating fresh habanero peppers (100,000 to 350,000 SHU.) Yeah, that’s a heat not everyone can handle.
The heat hits you quickly, shocking your tongue, then it moves to the back of your throat and grows bolder over time. Your brain begins telling you, “STOP! GO NO FURTHER!” but suddenly, the garlic makes its debut and adds that earthy sweetness, and you’re like, “Ooh, I think I’m gonna stick around.”
The short of it – it’s surprisingly well balanced for being so hot. Garlic has a strong aroma and taste, so it’s quite a distraction from the heat. It’s exactly what this sauce called for… a little distraction from the Reaper who wants to burn your tastebuds off.
Warning for those seeking a hot garlic sauce you can slather all over your slice of pizza, this ain’t it. Unless you’re a crazy extreme eater, this packs a punch that needs to be regulated. Torchbearer Garlic Reaper should be used in drops, not drizzles.
That said, this is amazing with pizza, pasta, fried chicken, rice, tacos, and anything you want a creamy hot garlic kick with. I would love this alongside a blooming onion when I’m in the mood for a real kick in the a^!. You just need to handle with care. A few drops, maybe a light drizzle – that’s it until you know what you’re in for.
Torchbearer Garlic Reaper has a salad dressing thickness, and there’s no stopper to help you on this bottle, so beware. You can pour more than you expect.
The bottle is a blast to look at. Torchbearer has one of the funniest and coolest labels around. It shows you a faceless reaper going after little scared garlic bulbs in a cemetery, which says all you need to know about this sauce. It’s fun, funny, and threatening all in one, and it will most certainly spark a conversation.
If you’re both a fan of garlic and an extreme eater, Torchbearer Garlic Reaper Sauce is your new go-to. It’s bold heat, but with a bold flavor to match.