Hot sauce, hot shmauce: we thought we'd torched our tastebuds with everything until Dave's Gourmet Private Reserve Hot Sauce turned up. Indeed we're writing this with tears in our eyes and the fire brigade on stand-by because a single drop of this incendiary stuff is all it takes to set your gob on fire. It's the only hot sauce to ever get banned from the National Fiery Food Show in New Mexico for being too hot. No, really!
Limited edition bottle
Dave, saucemeister extraordinaire, only makes this thermonuclear rocket fuel once a year and each bottle in this Limited Edition 2006 vintage has been hand numbered, signed, dated and then laid to rest in a wooden coffin wrapped in caution tape. It even comes with a written warning!
Our plucky volunteer
So what does it taste like? Well it's far too potent to be consumed neat but even half a drop in a spag bol will blow your head off. But in a good way, because the aftertaste is really rather delicious. Imagine pouring the contents of a vindaloo volcano in your mush and you're halfway there.
Fancy a drop?
To give you an idea of its heat rating, Dave's Gourmet Private Reserve Hot Sauce is three times hotter than his infamous Insanity Sauce. A plucky volunteer here at Firebox added a dash to a Bloody Mary and reported that his tongue felt as if Lucifer was prodding it with a red hot pitchfork. And that was after he'd emptied the water cooler over his head.
Made with red savina and habanero peppers, chilli peppers, hot pepper extract, water, salt, passion fruit juice, lime juice, sugar, onion and garlic, this liquid lunacy is guaranteed to add a fiery thump to countless dishes. And because a little goes a long way it will last for yonks. The perfect gift for chilli fans and tongue torture aficionados, Dave's Gourmet Private Reserve Hot Sauce is strictly limited edition - in fact many previous vintages are now collectors' items. So hit buy and prepare to feel the pain. Nyaargh!