If you’re a fan of vinegar in hot sauce and want to break away from the traditional Louisiana-style, then you should definitely consider trying Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar Hot Sauce. This sauce not only has a distinct vinegar flavor but also incorporates a range of unexpected ingredients that bring a delightful surprise. But how does it fare when it comes to heat balance? And can you enjoy it on a daily basis despite its “unlikely ingredients”? Let’s delve into a bottle and explore its unique qualities.
To be honest, when I first glanced at the ingredient list of Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar, I had no idea what to expect. It’s an unusual blend of organic distilled vinegar, organic red serrano peppers, organic rice bran oil, strawberries, organic dates, organic coconut cream, salt, onions, cinnamon, and ginger.
Despite the multitude of bold and unconventional flavors, this hot sauce manages to blend them all together harmoniously. The vinegar takes center stage right away, just as the name suggests, followed by a pleasant heat from the serrano peppers. The fruity sweetness of the strawberries and dates quickly emerges, while the coconut flavor adds a creamy texture to the sauce. Towards the end, the spices subtly enhance the overall experience without overwhelming the palate with salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar is undeniably unique. It offers a blissful flavor profile that is tangy and bright at times, sweet and creamy at others, and consistently spicy throughout.
One thing to note is the sodium content, which stands at 150 mg per tablespoon, accounting for 6% of your daily value. I was surprised by this relatively high amount, especially considering that you may use more than a tablespoon per serving. So if you’re mindful of your sodium intake, keep this in mind as it can quickly add up.
Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar Hot Sauce on a spoon
Serrano peppers are responsible for the heat in this sauce. While their distinctive bright and grassy flavor might not be the most prominent, their mature red serrano sweetness complements the fruity elements perfectly.
Serrano peppers typically range from 10,000 to 23,000 Scoville heat units (SHU), making them a medium heat chili that is approximately twice as spicy as jalapeños (which range from 2,500 to 8,000 SHU).
Some reports suggest that Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar Hot Sauce clocks in at around 6,200 Scoville heat units. However, I personally didn’t find it to be that hot. If it truly had that level of spiciness, it would surpass the heat of Tabasco (ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 SHU). In reality, the heat level of Bliss and Vinegar felt mellower and dissipated rather quickly. The fresh red serrano peppers deliver a tongue-tingling sensation, but the spiciness doesn’t linger beyond mid-bite. Overall, I would classify it as a low-medium level of heat that most people can enjoy without worry.
The heat balance in this sauce is excellent. The vinegar remains the star ingredient, and the spiciness doesn’t overpower its presence.
Now, the question is, how practical is a vinegar-forward sauce like this? If you’re a fan of the vinegary essence found in Louisiana-style hot sauces, you’ll discover numerous uses for Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar Hot Sauce as well. Ultimately, it comes down to how the sweetness and other ingredients resonate with your taste buds.
I found this hot sauce to be delicious on tacos, chicken, and eggs. Surprisingly, it also makes for an excellent alternative to ketchup when paired with french fries and other fried potato dishes. Its slightly thicker consistency allows it to hold its own in this regard.
Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar Hot Sauce comes in a squeeze bottle with a small opening, which means you can control the amount precisely, even with its thicker texture. However, one slight inconvenience is that larger bits of fresh ingredients occasionally clog the nozzle. So it’s important to keep an eye on it and clean it when necessary. Despite this minor issue, the overall usability of the squeeze bottle is quite convenient.
Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar Hot Sauce stands out with its unique flavor combinations. Strawberries and dates aren’t ingredients commonly found in hot sauces, making it a real conversation starter.
Moreover, the name itself has an appealing charm. While many hot sauces tend to have dark and foreboding names, “Bliss and Vinegar” exudes a uniquely happy vibe. It’s even enjoyable to say out loud.
The packaging is also fun, featuring a vibrant illustration of a strawberry beneath their classic yellow bird logo. The label also states that it’s a “Limited by Nature” edition, adding a playful touch to the positioning of Bliss and Vinegar as a seasonally limited hot sauce.
While the funky and cheerful name may initially catch your eye, it’s ultimately your taste buds that will keep you coming back for more. Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar Hot Sauce fully embraces its tangy nature and combines surprising ingredients to deliver a delectable blend of fruity sweetness and a gentle spiciness.
FINAL SCORE: 4.4
Based on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest)
To explore the delicious flavors of Yellowbird Bliss and Vinegar Hot Sauce, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill.