Scovilla – Wilbur`s 100 Years Scoville Units Extreme Hot Sauce

by Marty Greenwell on February 28, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

From Scovilla comes a hot sauce dedicated to what is every chilli fan’s saviour – the Scoville rating scale and the man who invented it: Wilbur T Scoville. It’s a shrine to the measure that now dictates what is the hottest of the hot – and that may or may not be the almost newly crowned Moruga Scorpion.

Scovilla's Wilbur

Scovilla's Wilbur

This is probably teaching the readers of this website to suck eggs, but perhaps you’re a newbie, in which case this isn’t wasted space. Wilbur decided there was a need to measure the sting of a chilli’s heat and did so by devising a test that measured how much you need to dissolve part chilli in part water before it could be detected. The more water needed before the heat of the chilli kicked in, the hotter that chilli was. And thus the Scoville rating was born. These days the tests are a little more sophisticated, but still the battle for finding the hottest chilli goes on. Enough of the waffle however, it’s time to do a tasting.

The bottle has some interesting artwork crafted by comic book artist Chris Mart, with a pencil coloured like drawing of Mr Scoville surrounded by chillies. It’s a limited edition run with 1,500 bottles made, each labelled with its number in the batch. It’s reddy-brown in colour with a middling thickness that makes it pourable without being runny.

On the nose it isn’t too bad considering it is an extract sauce, with the aroma of the distinguishable and pungent Naga being the dominating fella; it doesn’t punch you in the face with its smell, but this isn’t for the faint-of-heart.

Ingredients: Habanero Peppers, Naga Peppers, Onion, Chilli Extract, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Chipotle Peppers, Acetic Acid, Xanthium Gum, Liquid Smoke, Passion Fruit Essence.

Bottle kindly provided by Scovilla

The first taste on the tongue is that of the Naga, but this soon disappears as the heat kicks in and builds up. The burn is all across the tongue, the lips, the gums, the top of mouth and down the back of the throat. It continues to climb as it burns the stomach and it feels like it rises back up the oesophagus. There’s a disappointing lack of flavour though, sure there’s a lot of heat, but I was expecting a bit more from a sauce labelled after our founding father.

Wilbur is a hearty super-hot sauce and there’s certainly nothing bad about it, but really other than the nicely crafted label, there’s nothing to distinguish it from a dozen others either. At £8.95 ( from Cheeky Chile ) for a standard 140 ml it’s pretty expensive too – so this is perhaps one for the completionists to sit on the collection shelf.


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