You know that Nelly song ‘It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes…’, well I don’t know what you THINK he was singing about, but I am CONVINCED he wrote this whilst visiting the Heatonist Hot Sauce Store in Williamsburg, New York.
I’d driven past this store one Sunday afternoon in New York, and given my level of obsession and love for hot sauce, I was determined to return to the Heatonist as soon as The Boy Next Door (also a hot sauce fanatic) landed in NYC.
As it turned out, I actually somehow forgot to add it to my ‘must visit’ list but managed to turn a corner in Williamsburg one Saturday afternoon and stumble across it again. THANK GAWD!
Walking in you’re greeted by a hot sauce sommelier, more hot sauces than you’ve ever seen in your life and a tasting area.
We browsed the options, picking out the bottles with pretty labels to purchase.
But then the sommelier guided us over to the tasting bar, asked us a bunch of questions, and started handing us all sorts of interesting flavoured sauces to try, which all blew our mind, and not just cause they were hot (hah!), but also full of flavour and just a-may-zing!
We paid for our hot sauces and just before we left, thinking we were tough, decided to taste test the hottest sauce in Heatonist, which goes by the name of The Rapture. I kid you not, our live’s almost flashed before our eyes. The product description says it all: ‘With over 16 Scorpion Peppers in each bottle (over two thirds of the bottle is pure pepper) this sauce is no joke. The first few seconds of this sauce will have you thinking we tricked you, but trust us it has a slow evil build to it thanks to the appearance of Ghost Pepper and a hint of Habanero.’
I can confirm, The Rapture does indeed help your sinuses. It also takes a good 30 minutes for life to return to normal. You’ve been warned!
If you’re a hot sauce lover, you are gonna LOVE the Heatonist! I’d love to hear if you visit the store and let me know what you purchased!