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23 February 2018

Get the latest news about Pepper X, contender for the Hottest Pepper in the World, measuring over 3 Million Scoville Heat Units. Updated 2/23/2018.

If you’ve been anywhere in the chilehead world lately, you’ve probably already heard about the new “Pepper X”, a contender for the Hottest Chili Pepper in the World. Like you, I am eagerly awaiting more news and information about this pepper, and here is where I will share what I have learned thus far, and will update as new information arrives.

Pepper X Hottest Pepper in the World

What is Pepper X?

Pepper X is the temporary name for the chili pepper bred by Ed Currie, the same man behind the creation of the Carolina Reaper. According to Ed, he crossed multiple peppers to achieve a pepper hotter than the current hottest, the Carolina Reaper, which measures over 2 Million Scoville Heat Units, with an average of 1.9 SHU.

According to Ed Currie, “Pepper X is three times hotter than any other peppers that are out there available commercially. It’s twice as hot as the Reaper at 1.6 million, so this is a dangerous pepper.” He has spent 10 years developing this pepper.

How Hot is Pepper X?

While unconfirmed officially, some reports put Pepper X at 3.18 Million Scoville Heat Units, well above the Carolina Reaper.

Is Pepper X Officially the Hottest Pepper in the World?

There is currently no official word, though word is expected possibly by this summer (2018). Pepper X has been sent out for testing.

What is the Current Hottest Pepper in the World?

The Hottest Chili Pepper in the World is currently the Carolina Reaper, which measures over 2 Million Scoville Heat Units. Learn more about the Carolina Reaper here.

Pepper X Hot Sauce

While we’re not currently able to taste Pepper X for ourselves, you can purchase a hot sauce called “The Last Dab” made with Pepper X peppers, which is a collaboration between Ed Currie and The Heatonist founder Noah Chaimberg. Here is information from the web site:

One Dab to rule them all. The Last Dab. When Sean Evans and the Hot Ones team were looking for a sauce to deliver the final sendoff, to squeeze the last juicy secrets from their guests, they knew that no known pepper would do. So they came to HEATONIST. We partnered with Guinness World Record holding pepper breeder Smokin’ Ed Currie to create a sauce using his latest creation: Pepper X. More than simple mouth burn, Pepper X singes your soul. Starting with a pleasant burn in the mouth, the heat passes quickly, lulling you into a false confidence. You take another bite, enjoying the mustard and spice flavors. This would be great on jerk chicken, or Indian food! But then, WHAM! All of a sudden your skin goes cold and your stomach goes hot, and you realize the power of X. ** Limit 2 per order **

Ingredients:

Pepper X peppers, distilled vinegar, ginger root, turmeric, coriander, cumin, dry mustard

Buy “The Last Dab” Hot Sauce from The Heatonist: https://heatonist.com/products/hot-ones-the-last-dab

Check out the video at First We Feast of people trying “The Last Dab” hot sauce: https://firstwefeast.com/eat/hot-ones-hot-sauce-the-last-dab

Thanks to both Ed Currie and Noah at The Heatonist for sending along the photo and information.

I’ll be sure to post more information as it becomes available. Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll see if I can answer them for you, or find the information to help. – Mike H.

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15 comments

  1. Ed is a great PR machine. Made millions out of the reaper and will make even more with the pepper X. Personally I like the heat and flavour of the Moruga chilli.

  2. This all seems very sketchy. It’s very unusual that they haven’t let anyone test the actual pepper and that no one has ever received a single pod (even seedless), let alone seeds. If they’re trying to monopolize the pepper (which is a real a-hole thing to do), it might make sense not to give out any seeds, but anything anyone has seen of this pepper are a bunch of pics and the hyped-up sauce. Almost a year later, I think it’s starting to smell a bit.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      It definitely takes time for the overall testing and approval process. I heard we’ll hear nothing until this November, or possibly next April, but we’ll see.

      1. Yeah, no. Secrecy would be one thing. Happily continuing to sell a sauce YOU claim to be made from the hottest pepper in the world, WHILE appearing to maintain secrecy about the actual pepper, that just smells like a scam.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          I make no claims. Just reporting what I’ve learned. Curious to see any actual testing information, which all I know at this point is forthcoming.

  3. Does anyone know of a source to purchase the original Last Dab made with the Pepper X? Only luck I’ve had is eBay($99+shipping) or ChillyChiles in Canada at $35/bottle, very reasonable but it’s $75+ just for shipping. Any help would be much appreciated!

    REPLY: Joe, here is a link where you can purchase it: https://heatonist.com/products/hot-ones-the-last-dab — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  4. Dan Sedillo

    I really really want pepper x and the sauce as well. Please keep me posted.

  5. please e-mail if the seeds of pepper x is available

    REPLY: I’ll be sure to post it here if/when seeds become available. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  6. Phillip Lander

    hi
    just wondering if you have made any sauces with rosemary, I have a medium rosemary bush and would like to use it.
    I’m growing thai, habanero and scorpion.

    cheers

    REPLY: Philip, no, though many of my recipes can be adapted to include rosemary. I would start by using a small amount, say a teaspoon of chopped, and see how you enjoy the flavor. Add in more or less for future batches to your preference. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  7. Will seeds a/o seedlings be available to purchase?

    REPLY: Not sure yet, Ray, though I’ll be sure to report it when I hear. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  8. Trinidad
    Scorpion Chili
    Peppers I thought was the hottest on record…

    REPLY: It is currently the Carolina Reaper. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  9. Keith Gilbertr

    Hi Mike
    I really enjoy your posts, both informative and fun.
    But what is the hottest chilli at the moment? I believe it is the Dragons Breath, bred I Wales, hence the name. Came in hotter than the Carolina Reaper.

    REPLY: Keith, at the moment it is the Carolina Reaper. There were no official tests or information released about the Dragon’s Breath pepper. It is believed that one might have been a hoax. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  10. Cleyton santos

    Fake

    Ed took 7 pot cousin su changed name to Carolina Reaper, deceived us all. Now come with this new pepper, trying to fool us again.I’m not accusing, just venting

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