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Review: Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper


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.

70 proof.

B- / $11 / southerncomfort.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. jason November 15, 2011

    I am trying to come up with a silver lining on this idea, but I’m going blank. However, I am unfortunately recollecting a bunch of old memories of cheap swill and too much of it. *Shudders* I am so glad I am not in my 20’s anymore.

  2. Foghatter December 3, 2011

    This stuff is absolutely disgusting, had to throw out the bottle. What a waste of money. Yuck.

  3. doug March 27, 2012

    i bought a small bottle of this…i like soco and i like Tabasco but i’m not in love with the marriage of the 2. i’m hoping to find a good mix to use this in. has anyone successfully created a good drink that incorporates this in it?


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