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Tabasco Just Released Sauce That’s 20 Times Hotter than the Original

Tabasco is launching a scorpion-pepper hot sauce that’s a whopping 20 times hotter than its original iconic bottle — you know, the one with the red cap and green foil that’s a fixture in condiment caddies across America.

The company’s Scorpion Sauce comes out today and is being sold only on Tabasco’s site or on Avery Island, Louisiana, home to the McIlhenny Company, which has been making Tabasco there since 1868.

McIlhenny Company

Tabasco Scorpion is “not for the wary,” the Louisiana hot sauce maker said.

Scorpion sauce, for the uninitiated, is typically made with the blazing-hot Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper, and often combined with a tropical fruit flavor in a nod to the Caribbean roots of the pepper.

In Tabasco’s case, its Scorpion Sauce is made up scorpion peppers, of course, along with guava, pineapple, and a bit of original Tabasco. It’s “not for the wary,” according to a release from the company.

Interestingly, the scorpion pepper was only discovered fairly recently, in 2012, by New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute (yes, that’s a real thing), which was on a quest to find the world’s hottest pepper.

 

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