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