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Posted April 17, 2005 by Nick Lindauer in Makers
 
 

Blair's Mega Death: Taste & Heat Test


Blair’s Mega Death Hot Sauce is one of the hottest sauces known to man. It tips the scoville scale at a whopping 550,000 scoville units. That’s over 200 times hotter then traditional Tabasco Hot Sauce. The bottle itself should give you a good enough idea of how hot it is exactly, but spurred by a customer’s inquiry I have become determined to figure out just how hot 550,000 scoville units is. My stomach will probably never forgive me for this one.

I spent a few days thinking on how I could make this test as scientific as possible and came up with the following:

Purpose of this taste test: To determine which commonly recommended dairy product willl reduce the “burn” of Blair’s Mega Death in the least amount of time.

Heat Sampler


Baseline:
I took a sample of Blair’s Mega Death and applied it directly to my tongue and timed how long it took for the “burning” sensation to go away. A drop of the sauce took just under 30 minutes to go away.
Blair's Mega Death Sauce in a Sample

This is what Blair’s Mega Death looks like, in case anyone is wondering. 🙂

Milk: Compared to the baseline numbers, 6 oz. of milk had a success rate of 33%
Cheese: Much more useful then milk in reducing the heat level. Cheddar cheese has a sucess rate of 78%
Yogurt: The most sucessful of all the elements, a container of yogurt had a sucess rate of 89%
Sour Cream: I could only eat one spoonful of this, so the sucess rate was a lower the I expected. It came in at 55%.
Whipped Cream: Second least sucessful, with a 37% sucess rate.
Ice Cream: I had expected ice cream to be the most sucessful, but it came in just as useful as cheese.


Blair's Sucess Rate Table

Conclusion:
So, if you ever consume something that’s too hot, a small container of yogurt will reduce the burn your feeling quicker then any other dairy product. And Blair’s Mega Death is extremely hot! I would recommend mixing a few drops into a salsa or even a marinara sauce. I wouldn’t recommend applying direclty to your food, or your tongue as I did. It won’t hurt you, but I would suggest picking up some Rolaids.


Nick Lindauer

 
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