The world’s favourite hot breakfast condiment, Tabasco, recently turned 150 and in celebration Tabasco-makers McIlhenny has released the Diamond Reserve. The small-batch offering is lauded as the champagne of hot sauce and even comes in a slick black bottle with gold-foil top. It will set you back R440 a pop, roughly the price of a cheap bottle of actual champagne.
Not only is the bottle really elegant, the contents, we hear, are just as special. The reserve sauce is made from only the finest peppers, harvested from a small batch growing on Avery Island in Louisiana in the US, the home of Tabasco. These peppers were aged for 15 years before being blended with sparkling-wine vinegar and bottled. It’s really exclusive stuff that’s available only online. Fear not, however, as we’ve put together a list of our other favourite fiery sauces, all of them readily available from most big-city delis.