Seed Ranch Umami Reserve

This hot sauce packs heat from the 500,000 Scoville unit Chocolate Habaneros but offsets it with sweeet and savory flavors from the very earthy oven-dried olives and porcini mushrooms.

Heat: Medium-high from the 500,000 Scoville unit Chocolate Habanero

Pair with: Pizza, eggs, grilled vegetables.

Price: $10.99/5 oz on


Flavor: 9.5/10

Heat: 7.5/10

Uniqueness: 10/10

Overall: 9/10


Umami translates from Japanese as “pleasant savory flavor.” It stands as the 5th flavor along with sweet, sour, salty and bitter. This hot sauce stands out in a crowd for its savory flavor and slow, heat that can reach medium-high in level. It’s excellent.

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