As part of the Swim, Sun, and Fun Giveaway last month, we gave away a box of spices from Tonguespank Spice Company. I hadn't received my review item yet before the giveaway ran its course, so there was no review for the product with the giveaway. Apparently, they were brewing a new batch so didn't have any to provide. It happened such that just as the giveaway was ending, I received a sample of their product. So, now you get the review as I've had time to try it.
As the company name implies, they're a spice company. Instead of just single flavored spices/herbs, they'll combine a couple, like hot peppers and bourbon, wasabi and sake, or garlic and grappa to name a few. Yes, they all seem to have a kick in them. It is the garlic and grappa that I tried first.
I threw the spices on some pasta and it gave the dish a nice kick. I typically throw red pepper flakes in but the garlic/grappa combo gave the dish a more Italian herbed taste with a bit of garlic to boot. I'm not sure how long the 2 oz. bottle is going to last actually, though I'm trying to figure out how much makes the most sense portion-wise. The company recommends you put their product on your table and use them instead of those boring standbys: salt, pepper, parmesan, crushed red pepper, and hot sauce. Other uses for the garlic/grappa mix I can envision include mixed with some olive oil for dipping, spread over some pizza or mixed with some butter to make garlic bread.
I received a couple smaller bottles for two of their other blends, the smoky bourbon and citrus rum. All of these are part of their Liquor and Heat package they sell, that was offered as the giveaway prize. The smoky bourbon you'd use where you wanted the smoky taste added to your food, along with a little heat from smoky morita chipotle peppers, perhaps with eggs or grilled veggies. The citrus rum didn't sound appealing to me but it is more like a spiced rum with some added habanero heat.