Hot Sauce Ambassador to Australia here again with yet another sauce from Down Under! This time I’ll be examining a Scorpion Pepper based from Neil’s The Hippy Seed Company called Skobiyan. Having had a very close encounter with the Scorpion a little bit ago, I know the dangers inherent with anything even remotely touching this pepper. I shall proceed with reckless abandonment anyways.
The Hippy Seed Company Skobiyan Ingredients: Nashi Pears, Trinidad Scorpions, Sugar, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, White Wine Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Mixed pepper (red, green, white, black), Rock Salt, 5 Spice, Pimento.
The sauce is a muted red color with small dots of spice. Instant pear flavor with a slight grittiness that the pears lend. Up next comes the 5 spice with it’s anise/clove taste followed by the lime/lemon juice. After that arrives the funky and fruity taste of the Trinidad Scorpion. Maybe the heat’s covering it up but I don’t taste the vinegar nor the Pimentos. A few minutes in the after taste I started to get the flavors of the different pepper corns. This is probably the first sauce that I’ve had whose flavors are still evolving so long into the aftertaste. Very nice.
Let’s see…what can I say about the heat on this sauce? Pain. Ugh…pain. Paaaaaiiiiinnnnn. This sauce is just plain painful which made it a little hard to do a review. After I’m done with all my tests on a sauce, I sit down with a spoon and taste the sauce over and over again while my finger fly on the keyboard, brain a whirl with the flavor break down of each sauce. Let me tell you, one spoonful is enough and for this review session I’ve gotten 3 down.
Instant heat and it just builds unrelentingly, what a mean pepper. Five seconds in and I’m doing an air suck. Ten seconds in I’m tearing up. Fifteen seconds in I’ve got snot running full force. It starts to die down a little after about two minutes, but is still in the “Oh my god the skin on my tongue is flaking off” range. Five minutes into it I receive a full blown endorphin rush. 20 minutes later the middle of my tongue feels a little sensitive to the touch.
There are many sauce makers that are starting to cash in on the heat of the Trinidad Scorpion and The Hippy Seed Company is doing a great job of it. Everything is paired so well in the sauce and it really allows both the flavor and the heat of the pepper shine through. Neil, you know how to put a good hurt on us chile-heads. Keep it up!
Taste: 8.7, Heat: 10