I’m not a professional taste tester nor an expert on any food stuff, let alone hot sauces. But, I do know what I like and the wife and I go through a good amount of fiery sauces throughout the year. We have our favorites, but also look out for new and exciting options on the store shelves whenever we are out and about.

One such discovery a while back was this treat of a sauce from Heartbreaking Dawns, out of Glendale, AZ. Named in honor of Columbos’ explorations of Trinidad and Tobago in 1498, this sauce packs a pretty good amount of heat and flavor without completely destroying your tastebuds for later use.

1498 Trinidad Scorpion Hot Sauce label

As you can see by the lack of sauce in the photo above, I use this stuff pretty liberally on a variety of food. it’s combination of peppers, apricot and blueberry makes work well on just about anything to which you want to add some heat. It’s not an overly thick sauce, but does have a good amount of material within its red depths.

1498 Trinidad Scorpion Hot Sauce label

I personally don’t pick up any of the apricot flavor, but the sauce does have a light sweetness that the fruit may be contributing to. The blueberry presence is subtle and lingers in the background behind the roasted peppers and a touch of vinegar. Everything works well with one another while the pepper flavor and heat dominate as they should.

1498 Trinidad Scorpion Hot Sauce on a spoon

As far as the heat goes, I don’t have as high a tolerance as many pepper lovers, but I would still say this one is of a medium-to-high level of heat. It takes a few moments to kick in before it builds slowly to its peak, eventually fading after maybe a few minutes at its hottest point. For me, the heat fully encompasses the tongue and hits the roof of the mouth, as well. The fire subsides slowly, leaving a glowing echo of warmth in the chest.

I’m a big fan of this sauce. it’s not aggressively fiery, but still packs a pleasant punch of heat. This is one of the few bottles that we repeatedly hunt down to make sure the pantry is fully stocked.