Scorchio Pleasure & Pain – Divine Torture

by Marty Greenwell on February 12, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

From Pleasure & Pain comes this bottle of hot sauce, worryingly named Divine Torture. Provided by Scorchio, this dark brown concoction certainly looks innocuous enough in its Italian glass bottle, pretty much like any other chilli sauce I’ve seen recently. Then I read the label with its lovely artwork devil woman – it’s a dual extract sauce with big numbers, 6.4 million of them in fact. This one scares me, it may as well have been called extraordinary rendition torture and sent me to Guantanamo Bay. And I haven’t even opened the bottle yet.

Pleasure & Pain - Divine Torture

Pleasure & Pain - Divine Torture

It’s a collector’s piece and one to marvel at the packaging for, along with the limited edition hand written batch and item number. The bottle itself is stopped with a synthetic cork and covered with two levels of wax coating, the black and the gorgeous yellow, dripped down from above to form a unique seal on every bottle made. It’s a tough one to get into, and that should probably start the alarm bells ringing right there.

Ingredients: Aspall’s vinegar, scotch bonnets, 500,000 SHU chilli extract, water, naga jolokia chilli, 6,400,000 SHU chilli extract, black treacle, lemon, lime, mango, ginger, garlic, sea salt, vegetable oil.

Bottle kindly supplied by Scorchio

Once through to the sauce beneath the seals, the aroma that pops out can really only be described as toxic. The nasal passages shrink at the smells emanating from within and maybe even start to rot a little. It has to be done though, there’s no avoiding it – it’s time for the tasting spoon. It’s time to meet the fiery monster from the pits of chilli extract sauce hell.

This one takes your breath away; it isn’t just a hot sauce, it’s a new life form ready and willing to rip the flesh from inside my mouth, throat and stomach with its gnashing heat tentacles – and they’ve got barbed hooks at the end of them. The sauce doesn’t pour from the bottle either, it oozes out on a thousand legs, like a black oil ready to envelope the soul.

Yes folks, this is indeed an extreme sauce, one which tastes like molten tungsten, encrusted with Anamantium nails, and radioactive nails at that – the metallic flavour is there from the start and it’s unmissable. The experience is one of pain, from the initial taste, to the stomach lurching and lastly to the glory hole for that final sting a few hours later, before it says goodbye to Mr. Colon and hello to Mr. Porcelain.

Forget the flavour though, unless burning counts; there are hits from the fresh Scotch Bonnets and Naga chillies, the 500,000 SHU chilli extract and the 6.4 Million SHU chilli extract. It’s punishing, the extract heat building rapidly while gnawing away; and it’s un-relentless in its pyromaniac charge. However, something strange happens as it dies away, there’s a sweetness lingering on the tongue, and perhaps, along with the lovely endorphin rush, that’s the divine part.

If you like your sauces on the extreme scale, then no doubt you’re going to get a kick from the man test of eating it. A teaspoonful will be enough to add golden flames to a fair size chilli, so even at £8.99, this 100 ml will last for ages – and it is limited edition after all. But perhaps, just perhaps, this is one for the collection shelf to put away for those days when you’re too drunk to know any better. Proceed at your own risk, I’m off for some milk.


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