Dave's Gourmet Carolina Reaper Pepper Hot Sauce, 5oz.: THe newest addition to the Dave's Hot Sauces family of Insane Ultra Hot Sauces! This new Carolina Reaper Sauce packs a serious Insane Punch and according to Dave, the Mad Man himself, It will not disappoint!
Ingredients: Carolina Reaper Peppers, Water, Salt, Cane Vinegar, Hot Pepper Extract, Acetic Acid, Garlic, Xanthan Gum.
This sauce is beyond absurd, like significantly hotter than Dave’s Scorpion or Ghost, and EASILY above 1 million Scovilles. I mixed maybe half a teaspoon into a packet of Arby's Buffalo sauce for my chicken tenders. Within the first bite, my entire mouth, nose, and throat were set ablaze. Immediate, violent hiccups within the first breath. Beads of sweat poured down my face and my nose turned on like a faucet. My whole body was trembling as I slurped down my milkshake for relief. I added a little more sauce to my cup and feverishly ate through the pain like it was a sick trap from one of the “Saw” movies. Afterwards, it felt like a pipe bomb went off in my stomach (but fortunately that subsided within twenty minutes or so.) The peak euphoria and most intense burn subsided after about fifteen minutes, but the subtle burn on my lips and throat continued for well over an hour.
I’ve been a serious chilihead for over ten years so "one drop at a time" sauces usually don't phase me even when drizzled on as a condiment, but this stuff is a whole new realm of suffering. The flavor is actually quite tasty too, if you can tolerate the burn. The fruity, smoky flavors of the Carolina Reaper are the main attraction, perfectly balanced with a little garlic and vinegar. I like sauces that still taste like peppers, and this does not disappoint. The intense natural heat from the Reapers also means less capsaicin extract was used, so the usual burning rubber taste isn’t noticeable like it is in original Dave’s Insanity or Ultimate. Dave’s Gourmet also nailed the consistency on this one: very smooth and well-blended, not runny, chunky, or watery - slow enough to pour out without accidentally making your food downright inedible. It’s also worth mentioning that the color is an absolutely gorgeous deep crimson red, (all-natural!) a beautiful warning of the hell awaiting you.
This is an incredible, well-rounded superhot sauce that is not to be disrespected. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone besides experienced chiliheads, but it is among the best sauces I’ve ever had.