A reader writes “I took your recommendation years ago and ordered Sarawak black pepper from Penzey’s. I was unaware until recently that they have discontinued this wonderful pepper. I was crushed. Now what? I ordered the Extra Bold but it doesn’t have the top note aromas that I so love.”

It is true, Penzey’s Spices has run out of this extraordinary black pepper. I am in the process of finding out if they will offer it again or if there will be a new US source.  As soon as I know anything, I will post it here.

If you think pepper is pepper is pepper, this may not seem like a big deal. But once you have enjoyed the beautiful floral top notes this pepper possesses, you will understand what the fuss is all about. And you won’t want to be without it.

In the meantime, you can read “Sarawak: My Favorite Pepper” here and “Special Pepper Really Makes a Different” here. These Seasonal Pantry columns explain the unique processing that allows the peppercorns to maintain their full spectrum of aromas and flavors and include recipes that highlight these wonderful peppercorns.

Oven-roasted strawberries with Sarawak Black Pepper

If you have a favorite black pepper, one that you think is truly exceptional, please post a comment about it.

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  1. Betsy Timm

    I also ran out of Sarawak from Penzy’s and didn’t think I would notice the difference but I did…the second best is good but there is that something missing, hard to define for me (but I believe Michele – boy she has got the taste buds! – when she said ‘top floral notes’) – just some dimension was missing.
    And. M., I love your oven-roasted strawberries! I use salt and pepper on my strawberries and my guests are always surprised, but like them (I also use a pinch of sugar – apologies to the purists)

    July 27th, 2010 4:54 pm

  2. MicheleAnna.Jordan

    No problem using sugar, Betsy. Some strawberries need them, some don’t, but all benefit, especially if you let them sit for a couple of hours. The sugar draws out their natural juices. YUM!

    July 27th, 2010 4:59 pm

  3. terry clemens

    The best pepper I have ever tried, is Watkins black pepper. I am not sure how it stacks up against Penzy’s black pepper though>

    December 1st, 2011 9:01 am

  4. MicheleAnna.Jordan

    The pepper that I write about in this post isn’t exactly Penzey’s. For a time, Penzey’s imported it from Malaysia. That is no longer the case and it is currently unavailable in the United States.

    December 1st, 2011 3:57 pm

  5. Carol Zimmerman

    Also bought Sarawak pepper at Pensey’s and then thru Salt Traders but am out now and not finding a US source. Does anyone know if it is available and who carries it. It does have the best flavor ever.

    November 13th, 2012 4:33 pm

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