Why would a hot sauce need a disclaimer?
Because when itâ€™s Blairâ€™s 16 Million Reserve, a pharmaceutical grade vial filled with pure capsaicin crystal, even a little bit is enough to kill.
When Blair sells it, he specifically states: â€œBlairâ€™s 16 Million is not a sauce or an ingredient. This product is made available for experimental/display purposes onlyâ€.
So why all the fuss?
Because Blairâ€™s 16 Million gets its name from its Scoville rating of 16 Million on the Scoville scale. (A measure of hotness.)
How hot is 16 Million?
Well, typical Tabasco sauces have a rating of 2,500-5,000; typical cayenne peppers have a rating of 30,000; and the famed habanero peppers have a rating of 100,000-350,000. Even US pepper spray only manages to reach a rating of 2,000,000-5,300,000.
As you can imagine, a sauce with a rating three times as high as pepper spray is going to pack quite a punch.
Wonder what it does to food?
The brave reviewers over at the Hot Sauce Blog put a single spec into a pot of tomato soup, and had to throw the entire thing away. And these guys review hot sauce for a living!
Ready to try some?
Too bad, because all 999 bottles have already been spoken for.
Donâ€™t worry through, Iâ€™m sure some poor soul with a burned tongue and a light wallet will put one up on eBay soon enough, and then it will be time for your famous chili to kick it up a few notches.
Just be sure to bring plenty of milk.
And a release form.