Opening the door to the postman I was getting excited, as I knew they were handing over my latest order from The Devon Chilli Man. Along with some of my usual bits and bobs, inside the box were a couple of unknowns to me and this includes POW! sauce. The service from Cliff Hyslop (owner of the Devon Chilli Man) was, as usual, perfect. He even threw in a cheeky little Butch T Reaper, which was unexpected.
Onto the POW! sauce.
The sauce comes in a standard 150ml bottle (although the label on mine states 100ml), and at first glance this is a very well presented bottle of sauce – the labels are professionally designed, in-keeping with brand and are good quality. However, the one part of the packaging that lets the Devon Chilli Man down is the shrink-wrap cap – I’ve now had a few bottles where the little bit you pull breaks off and you find yourself hacking at the cap with a knife to get it off. It’s a pain, but not the end of the world.
With regards to the taste I’ll be honest from the start and say I wasn’t a fan of this one based purely on the flavour. Don’t get me wrong that is in no way a reflection on the quality of the sauce, but for me there was just a little too much of the floral flavour from the Habaneros coming through. In fairness to the Devon Chilli Man it does mention the flavour of the Habaneros on the side of the bottle, so those that like that flavour will love this sauce. This however to me was really strong and actually found it over-powered the flavour of anything you added it on, with the exception of bacon – it goes really well with bacon.
POW! is marketed as a medium-hot sauce and this to me is on point. One thing I have noticed about The Devon Chilli Man sauces, and this is no exception, is that the heat gets around the whole mouth rather than localised pain to one area. I like that and to me is a sign of a great natural sauce.
The consistency of POW! is lovely. I would describe it as being like ketchup, but not quite as smooth. This does make it quite tricky to get out of the bottle with it being such a narrow opening, but as long as you don’t have any sauce in the neck then it’s fairly straight forward to pour.
So overall this is a great quality sauce, but I personally found the floral flavour a bit overpowering for my taste, but if that’s what you’re after then you’re going to love this sauce.
Heat Level: 5/5