Seven Gables Bourbon Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce Review

Curious about a hot sauce that boasts both complex flavor and a pleasant kick? Look no further than Shelby Spice's Seven Gables Bourbon Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce. Made with a unique vinegar aged in bourbon barrels, this sauce offers a delicious balance of sweet, fruity, and peppery notes alongside a fairly hight level of heat. Want to learn more? Check out our full review!
Seven Gables
Hot Sauce
Made With Bourbon Barrel Aged Cane Vinegar
Shelby Spice
North Carolina
MSRP: TBD
Review

Please enjoy our Shelby Spice Seven Gables Bourbon Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce review!

Duncan Blount has been making hot sauce since 2015. He currently sells “Fire Crotch” and “Yes Ma’am” Hot Sauces on his website, www.shelbyspice.com. I haven’t tried either of those. But, I have tried his Seven Gables hot sauce, which will be the subject of this review.

Front Label - Shelby Spice Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce Review
A “Collectible” Hot Sauce

Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce was meant to be different. Duncan refers to it as “collectable”. However, he doesn’t intend for it to sit on a shelf; he means that it should be treated as something precious and special.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Vinegar

So what exactly is Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce? Duncan has aged ten gallons of pure cane vinegar in a freshly dumped bourbon barrel. He then uses that vinegar to make his hot sauce. I am not a hot sauce expert, although I do know a few things about bourbon. As a point of reference, McIlhenny Co Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce is the most well know bourbon barrel aged hot sauce that I am aware of. However, their process is entirely different than the one used at Shelby Spice. McIlhenny’s age their pepper mash in the bourbon barrels, not vinegar. And their barrels have all traces of alcohol removed from them, have the char removed, and are washed. Duncan’s barrels are freshly dumped, so there should be plenty of bourbon goodness left in them.

In fact, in addition to the Seven Gables Hot Sauce, Duncan was kind enough to send me a sample of the barrel aged cane vinegar, too. As it turns out, I am not a vinegar expert, either. Nonetheless, I have never had a vinegar like this. It is actually much sweeter than it is sour, and also has some subtle fruity notes to it. It is quite tasty.

What About The “Hot” Part?

The label of Shelby Spice Seven Gables Bourbon Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce lists the following ingredients: Fresh green and red Joe’s Long cayenne peppers, bourbon barrel aged vinegar, fresh sweet onions and Carolina Reaper peppers. You’ll notice that those ingredients are a little different than what is listed in the story on the label. That’s because the bottle I am reviewing is an updated version of the recipe, with a little more of a “kick”. Each bottle will come in a wooden case, which will have written on it both the barrel and batch numbers, as well as Duncan’s signature.

At this point, you’re probably wondering, “what’s it like?” Well, let’s get to it.

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Tasting Notes – Shelby Spice Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce Review

Let’s taste it!

There are pleasant pepper flavors, with some sweetness, which I think comes from the barrel aged vinegar. Hints of fruit, possibly from the sweet onions, as well as the barrel aged cane vinegar, are present as well. There is considerable spice, likely from the Carolina Reapers, but it’s not mouth-searing. In fact, the label states that the heat is “medium”. To a hot sauce aficionado, that might be true. Just as a high proof bourbon lover will say that a 120 proof whiskey drinks much lower than its proof. However, don’t be misled; to those less accustomed to heat, this sauce does pack a bit of a punch. Just like that 120 proof bourbon!

Barrel Aged Vinegar & Hot Sauce Bottled - Shelby Spice Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce Review
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Conclusion – Shelby Spice Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce Review

I have tried Seven Gables Hot Sauce on a variety of foods, from meatballs, pasta, and chile to tuna salad and canned soup. It adds a nice bit of spice, but also pleasant flavors, as well. A lot of hot sauces seem to want overwhelming heat to be their claim to fame. That often comes without regard to flavor, and it is just not something I appreciate. I want a sauce that has some heat, but tastes great, too. Shelby Spice Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce brings a nice balance of both ample flavor, and a more than adequate amount of heat. This is the perfect hot sauce for those who enjoy sweet, fruity, peppery flavors accompanied by a fairly high, but not oppressive, amount of heat. If that’s you, then definitely give this hot sauce a try! Cheers!🥃

Note: Shelby Spice Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce should be available on shelbyspice.com by May 2024.

We hope that you have enjoyed our Shelby Spice Seven Gables Barrel Aged Vinegar Hot Sauce Review! If you would like to read a couple of bourbon reviews, check out our James E Pepper Decanter Barrel Proof Bourbon Review and New Riff 8 Year Old Bourbon Review!

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