What is the world's hottest hot sauce? Blair's 16 Million Reserve ought to be hot enough to send you hot heads to the hospital or an early grave, that is if you even dare to try it. You see, Blair's 16 Million Reserve isn't actually a sauce, it's a 1ml pharmaceutical grade vial filled with pure Capsaicin crystals. Pure Capsaicin is rated at around 16 million Scoville Units, the highest heat level possible.
A Scoville Unit is named after pharmacist Wilbur Scoville who in 1912 invented a way to measure the heat of peppers by the levels of Capsaicin present (the chemical compound in hot peppers that is responsible for their heat). Like the Fujita scale for measuring the intensity of tornadoes, Scoville Units measure hotness ranging from 0-16 million. To put this in perspective, Tabasco sauce is one of my favorite hot sauces of all time and it only clocks in around 2500-5000 Scoville units and the Naga Jolokia chile pepper, the world's hottest pepper, is only a paltry 855,000 Scoville units. Can you imagine 16,000,000?
What's cool, er hot, about Blair's 16 Million Reserve is it's collectibility. There were only 999 bottles ever offered and they are all numbered and signed by creator, Blair Lazar. The vial of comes packed in a Blair's reserve bottle that is sealed shut with white and gold wax. Although highly rare, usually you a bottle can be found every now and again over on eBay. Also be sure to check out the great review over at Hot Sauce Blog, where they actually tested it in tomato soup.
Should be used with caution! Purchaser of this product hereby acknowledges the intense heat factor of this product and the element of danger if misused. This product is over 100 time hotter than a jalapeno pepper and is a complex blend of fresh peppers and extracts. This product is not a sauce but a food additive and should be used as such only.