Hot Ones former #10 spot sauce continued the tradition of using Pepper X Peppers to scorch celebrities. The name, Triple X, comes from the use of three varieties of Pepper X Peppers in the hot sauce.
Surely one of the hottest sauces we have reviewed, this sauce has been highly anticipated in the Pepper Geek household. Now, for a full review.
About Last Dab Triple X Hot Sauce
In this article, we’ll give you our thoughts on the hot sauce. We’ll cover flavor, heat level, texture and more. We will even compare this version to previous iterations of the Hot Ones ‘Last Dab’ lineup of sauces, and give it a Pepper Geek score.
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The Last Dab: Apollo is the only sauce in the world made with the Apollo Pepper. This sauce is made from only The Apollo Pepper and very little vinegar. The pepper takes three forms in this sauce: fresh peppers, dried peppers, and distilled pepper oil (made using CO2 extraction, similar to how the highest quality essential oils are made).
The Last Dab: Apollo joins the Hot Ones lineup as the new king of Mt. Scoville, hero of hot sauces, and crusher of celebrities and chiliheads alike. The Apollo Pepper has been carefully bred and nurtured by Guinness World Record holding chili breeder Smokin’ Ed Currie of Puckerbutt Pepper Co from prized strains of his famed Carolina Reaper and Pepper X. The Apollo brings this heritage to new heights of capsaicin, packing a more concentrated punch than any of its forebears. The flavor of The Apollo comes from the sweetness of Carolina Reaper, tinged with the earthiness of Pepper X – it’s a culinary powerhouse. The heat profile of The Apollo Pepper is akin to having your head slowly lit aflame. You feel the fire consume your entire skull, your tongue smolders, burning tears pour from your eyes. And then, five minutes later, the ride is over, your heart rate returns to normal, the panic subsides. This pepper is like no other.
The first three seasons made use of some of the hottest sauces on the market at the time, with the best — or worst — of these being Blairs Mega Death Sauce, with a not-so-shabby 550,000 Scoville units (via Sauce Mania). Whats a Scoville unit? They are used on a scale that measures the “heat” of various different peppers. Oola shows the Bell Pepper at the bottom of the scale, with 0 Scoville units, and the hottest known pepper, Pepper X, checks in at a mind-melting 3,180,000 units. Starting with season four of Hot Ones, the producers decided to come up with their own sauce that would be the hottest of the hot. According to First We Feast, this sauce, which is made with that diabolical Pepper X, was named The Last Dab to honor the shows tradition of putting an extra dab of sauce on the last wing.
Do you ever watch Hot Ones and feel like you could stand up pretty well under the heat? If youre a real hothead, youre probably not too impressed with some of the introductory sauces. After all, some of the level ones and twos have included such familiar grocery store condiments as Texas Pete, Cholula, Tapatio, and Huy Fong Sriracha, stuff thats mild enough for any given kindergartner to handle. However, as everyone knows, the whole premise of the show involves turning up the heat until both host and celebrity guest are squirming and sweating, with heads that look like theyre ready to explode.
A Reddit thread about The Last Dab came to a similar consensus, finding the sauce to be delicious but only moderately hot. One possible explanation put forward was that The Last Dab gets its heat from actual peppers, whereas some of the hot-enough-to-cause-real-pain sauces are made with pepper extracts. Extract-based sauces may not have the same high Scoville count, but pepper extract is, as one Redditor put it, “like napalm. It sticks to your mouth.” Whether or not you find The Last Dab all that hot, if you manage to taste it without whimpering, then youve survived the worst that Hot Ones can dish out.
The Last Dab has 2 million-plus Scoville units, comparable to some pepper sprays. Serious stuff, right? Hot Ones guests seem to think so. Some who bought the sauce, though, have been less impressed. Reviews of The Last Dab mention how tasty it is — its made with mustard, ginger root, coriander, and turmeric, and the flavor profile includes hints of chocolate and peach as well as pepper. Still, not everyone agrees with Heatonists claim that the sauce rates 11 out of 10 for hotness. Reviews on the product page include comments such as “If youre accustomed to hot sauces, this wont blow your face off with heat,” “upper medium heat with a few spikes here and there,” “this stuff honestly isnt that hot,” and “Ive experienced hotter jalapenos. Underwhelming if thats all PepperX has to offer.”
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