You’ve probably been wondering about this for years: Why doesn’t Southern Comfort partner with Tabasco on a liqueur?
You’re reading everything right: SoCo now comes in a “Fiery Pepper” version, bringing, uh, the best of two worlds together.
SoCo isn’t the first company to try this. We’ve reviewed several pepper-infused tequilas in the past. But SoCo is known not for its bite but rather its sweetness and smoothness. Tabasco you surely know.
The results: The nose doesn’t let on as to what’s inside, offering mostly traditional peach and apricot character. The palate is something else: It starts sweet, almost sedate. But take a big swig and the heat hits the back of your palate pretty hard. If you like spicy food it’s not really much in the way of a burn, but the unprepared will probably be knocked back a peg.
The funny thing is that, in a way, all of this works. The heat counters some of SoCo’s traditional cloying character, leaving you not with a mouthful of sugar but with a low smolder. What it doesn’t do is come together in any truly balanced way: It’s sweet, then hot, with not a lot of connective tissue between the two characteristics.
Certainly it’s cheap enough to give it a try — and if you’re a SoCo fan you’ll probably be intrigued — but don’t expect a mind-altering experience.
B- / $11 / southerncomfort.com
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