The explanation is clear when you look at the ingredients. Crystal's first ingredient is "aged red cayenne peppers." Tabasco's? That would be "distilled vinegar."
Now, I love Tabasco and have used it to brighten my dishes for years. Maybe it's the novelty of Crystal that's attracting me at the moment, but I have to admit that it's doing a good job of winning me over.
Maybe, like the residents of Louisiana, I will have to start keeping both. And a bottle of garlicky Sriracha for good measure.
Do you owe allegiance to a particular hot sauce?
(Information for this post was gathered during a press trip to New Orleans sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Board. All views and opinions expressed in this post are the personal views of the author.)
(Image: Emma Christensen)