BOSTON (CBS) — Looking to spice up your sandwich? The Phantom Gourmet recently did a horseradish mustard taste test.

The sinus-clearing contenders were Bookbinder’s, Emeril’s, French’s and Koops.

French’s definitely did not cut the mustard. The brand started salty and gritty on the tongue, then gave way to a decidedly unpleasant burn on the back of the throat. Along the way, Phantom got quite a punch of vinegar but not much in the way of horseradish or mustard.

Next up is Emeril’s Kicked Up Horseradish Mustard. Much like the man on the bottle, the mustard is thick and chunky. The abundance of unground seeds gives this brand a nice contrast of textures, but when it comes to flavor, this brand just tastes like plain, old mustard.

The runner-up in Bookbinder’s. The label says this stuff is hot and it certainly delivers. Smooth out of the bottle with a deep yellow color, it’s got heat that creeps up on you, then burns for hours. On the downside, Bookbinder’s is the only entrant that adds artificial flavor and color to its mustard, plus, the bottle has two ounces less than the other brands.

At the top of the food chain is Koops. The winner by a landslide, this is the only brand that actually tastes like it was made with zesty, fresh, horseradish. Thick and pungent with a well-balanced blend of mustard flavor and horseradish fire, it promises to hold its own in any sandwich. If you can stand the heat, this is the bottle you’ll want in your kitchen.

That’s why Koops Horseradish Mustard is at the top of the food chain.

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