A few of you have called my attention to this article in the Online Sun (that paragon of UK journalism) about Blair’s 16-Million Reserve, which is hotter than Tabasco in the same way that stellar thermonuclear fusion is hotter than your bathwater.
I love hot sauce, but this stuff is beyond hot. It’s pure capsaicin (the molecule in peppers that reacts with your pain receptors, tricking you into thinking your mouth just caught fire), and the “16 Million” in its name is the number of equal parts of water you’d need to add to it before the “heat” flavor would vanish.
To put it in perspective, Tabasco rates around 2500 on that same scale. Blair’s Sudden Death Sauce (the stuff I mixed into the barbecue sauce I basted last night’s chicken with) rates around 60,000. Police-grade pepper spray rates around 3 million. In short, you’d have to DILUTE the contents of Blair’s 16 Million Reserve bottle five-to-one with aerosols and a liquid carrier in order to use it as a weapon.
So no, I don’t want you to buy any for me. Keeping this around the house as an additive for making foods spicier would be like keeping a metric ton of gunpowder, along with the accompanying brass and bullets, for purposes of home defense. Sure, it’ll last a long time, but it would be entirely too easy to accidentally kill everyone in the neighborhood.