SHU (Scoville Heat Units):
Aged Red Peppers, Salt, Vinegar
Description:Official: "Since 1868, TABASCO® Pepper Sauce has been made with just three ingredients: fully aged red peppers, Avery Island salt and distilled high-grain natural vinegar. This simple recipe - when brought together and aged with the greatest care and attention - produces the incredibly pungent, fiery pepper sauce that's beloved the world over."
An unmistakable logo. Simple in design and straight to the point. no flash here.
Easy flowing watery sauce. Very thin in consistency.
All vinegar here. You can discern a little bit of heat...but mostly just vinegar.
A strong vinegar taste It has a little bit of smoke taste, and a bit of salt.. Not much going on in this bottle.
Not much heat. It tends to linger a bit, but it doesn't really punish you with overpowering heat.
An overall decent sauce. I have found that it is a sauce that works well in cooking, and would recommend it to any chef looking to add a little punch in the oven.
An excellent, time honored logo that is unmistakable. I could pick this bottle out of a line-up, blindfolded due to the shape of it's cap.
Really, what looks as good as Tabasco?
A lovely pepper/vinegar smell.
I'm a bit biased. I've been using this hot sauce since I was in my early teens and it is my go-to hot sauce for almost any dish, snack, chip, whatever. I don't believe I have to describe it's taste because if you haven't had any in your lifetime then I don't know what to tell you other than go out and get some. It's essential.
As an everyday-type hot sauce, it's heat is perfect. Enough heat to wake up your taste buds, but not so much as to obscure the taste of whatever you're eating. A bright, lively, vinegar heat. If this sliding scale is only for heat measurement, then I consider it a 3 out of 5.
Original Tabasco is the standard by which other hot sauces are measured. If you are going to have only one hot sauce (heresy), then this should be it.