Above: example of a completed flavor web depicting someone's take on Everything but the Taco Hot Sauce
This is a hot sauce "spider diagram." We like to call it a flavor web. We've picked the 8 flavor notes above as the most important building blocks for all our sauces.
Why should you do this?
- It's fun.
- You learn what flavors you like.
- You are the most important part of our sauce-making process. Do it for us - we want to get to know your tastebuds!
How does it work?
First and foremost, we recommend using a spoon or an unsalted chip or cracker for the best flavor-mapping experience.
Think of each labeled offshoot as its own scale (shown below). Closer to the word means you're getting a lot of that flavor, while the center of the web indicates none of that flavor. Mark each flavor as you see fit along those lines.
Keep tasting as needed to note each flavor. Don't overthink it! Just listen to those tastebuds.
When you've gotten through all 8 flavors, connect the dots around the web. Color it in if you're feeling creative.
Some things to remember:
- Everyone's palates are unique. There are no right or wrong answers!
- This flavor web can apply to all hot sauces. As you map out more sauces you get a better idea of what exactly you like and don't like!
- You can use your old flavor webs to refer back to. If you ever get a batch of hot sauce from us that tastes different than the time before, let us know!