The Lemon Drop Chili Bear is a single varietal bear made with the Lemon Drop (Aji Limon) pepper. The Lemon Drop pepper has a natural citrus lemon flavor, hence its name, while carrying a strong heat along with it. The Aji Limon pepper is a commonly used chili in Peruvian cooking. We fermented the peppers with preserved lemons to enhance the lemon flavor and balance out the heat.
Tasting Notes: Citrus and spice and everything nice!
Heat Level: 2 of 3 chilis, don't let the sour lemon fool you, there is heat behind this bear!
Peppers: Lemon Drop or Aji Limon
Ingredients: Lemon Drop Pepper, Sake, Rice Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Xantham Gum (to prevent separation)
Our salt brined hot sauces are lovingly made: Virginia-grown peppers ferment with a salt brine and sake in our barrels. The fermentation process draws out the flavors from each unique variety of pepper. All these layers of flavor are glorious after some time in our barrels -- a 3 month ferment is better than a 3 week ferment time! We then process the fermented chilis for a smooth, easily pourable hot sauce, finished with some vinegar.
Our 2017 peppers came from The Farm at Sunnyside and Barajas Produce. Farmer Casey from the Farm at Sunnyside in Washington, VA spent years in the Peace Corps working in chili loving places and wanted to grow the many varieties of chilis he encounter back to the US. We aim to highlight a few unique varietals in addition to a handful of chili blends.