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Tabasco's New Scorpion Sauce Is Seriously Spicy

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The new super-spicy Tabasco Scorpion Sauce isn't for the faint of heart

For those of you who like your food hot enough to make you break a sweat, there’s a new sauce from Tabasco that just might leave your ears smoking and your lips burning.

Tabasco is considered among — if not the — classic hot sauces of our time, and now the brand is taking things even spicier with its new Scorpion Sauce, which is said to be a casual 20 times hotter than Tabasco's original recipe. A scorpion pepper comes in at about 2 million Scoville units, making it the second-hottest pepper in the world after the Carolina Reaper. By way of comparison, Tabasco’s original red sauce comes in somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 on the Scoville scale.

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The Scorpion Sauce contains a combo of scorpion peppers blended with guava, pineapple and a touch of the classic sauce. The result is a tangy sauce with lots of heat and a touch of Caribbean sweetness. A brand statement says this sauce is not for the wary but lovers of serious heat.

The brand is also launching another new release, Roasted Red Sauce, which is made with Tabasco peppers slow-roasted over open fire along with garlic, onions, basil and balsamic vinegar. The result is a rich, smoky sauce — this one may pack some heat, but if you want your eyes to water and the sweat to pour, absolutely go for the new Scorpion Sauce variety.

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Both the Scorpion and Roasted Red Tabasco Sauces will be available exclusively online and at the Avery Island, Louisiana, retail location (the birthplace of Tabasco) starting this week for a limited time. Just remember: They're not for the faint of heart — or taste buds!

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