Chef Cristiane's Brazilian Gourmet Hot Sauce is a Brazilian hot sauce based off the Malagueta pepper. The Malagueta pepper is from Brazil, Portugal, and Mozambique. It is rated 60,000-100,000 on the Scoville scale. If you're not familiar with the Scoville scale, it measures spiciness of the peppers. At 60K-100K Scoville, the chili pepper compares favorably to the Jalapeno, which ranks only 2,500 - 10,000 Scoville, Chipolte at 3,500 - 10,000, and the Cayenne pepper which ranks in at 30K- 50K. On the hotter side, there is Habanero chili at 100,000-350,000 all the way up to the Carolina Reaper at 1,600,000 - 2,200,000, so there is definitely room to grow upwards.
I first tried out the sauce with a little taste off a spoon. I wanted to sample it without any other flavors to gauge how hot the sauce labeled "I'm Hot Sauce" truly was. Actually, I got my first "taste" of the sauce when I opened the bottle. With a truly spicy hot sauce my eyes can water when I open the bottle. That didn't happen here. That first taste confirmed initial impressions that the pepper sauce wasn't that spicy. It's rated medium heat so that didn't surprise me. It still had a good bite to it and I liked the added tomato, onion, garlic, and carrot flavors, but it wasn't anything that would make your eyes water and whole body sweat, like had you eaten a dried Carolina Reaper pepper [Paying People To Eat World's Hottest Peppers!].
I next tried it out on a bowl of pasta. At first I just put a little on the pasta but then kept going, really loading it up. Taste-wise, I really liked the flavor on the pasta. I usually throw some buffalo seasoning and/or hot pepper flakes on my pasta. The I'm Hot sauce was a good replacement, adding garlic and spice to the flavor of the boxed pasta, with the more typical tomato sauce.
Another day, I tried the sauce on some chicken. Again, some good added flavor to the chicken. Again, not too spicy, but some added heat to the dish. You basically get a fresh tomato taste with a little bit of spice added in. There is no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, and no artificial ingredients.
I like the flavors the sauce adds to my food. I just wouldn't call the sauce "I'm Hot Sauce". For someone with a preference for habanero chili level heat, this doesn't compare. For my wife and son who think cayenne is too spicy, they wouldn't touch this. It is properly labeled as medium heat, so no complaints on heat level. I just like things hotter.