Here’s a question for you: What’s the stupidest dare, you’ve ever acted on?
When my friends Philip and Daniel challenged me to do a Naga Morich chili tasting, I was skeptical to say the least. A close cousin of the (in)famous Ghost Chili, the Naga Morich is widely considered to be if not the hottest pepper in the world, then certainly in the top five of hot peppers!
“Go on,” they dared, “we’ll even send you the pepper! All you’ve got to do is taste it on camera!” – “Easy for you to say,” I thought, “I mean, we’ve all seen those infamous youtube videos of people trying it on for size”.
Eventually, though, my curiosity got the best of me and so today, I sat down to record a tasting of the dreaded Naga Morich Chili… and while not as hot as I thought (I didn’t die or anything), the little red sucker sure packed a punch! The results of my struggles can be seen above, enjoy!
The Naga what? The Naga Morich chili pepper is a close cousin of the infamous Ghost Chili and is native to Bangladesh and India. On the grand scale of things, it weighs in at about 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units or just about 400 times the heat of Tabasco hot sauce. In its native region it is supposedly popular as a daredevil snack in it’s green state and a surprisingly efficient elephant repellant in its fully ripe state.
Naga Morich Chili Tasting Notes
What then, does a Naga Morich Chili taste like? Well, for those of you not brave (or stupid) enough to take on the challenge, here are my tasting notes… Enjoy! 🙂
Aromas: Fresh floral notes, mango, passion fruit and wax with clear underlying capsaicin notes of pure spiciness.
Taste: Tart, slightly unripe mango leading into a surprisingly sweet, juicy peach note, layers of lightly smoked wood much akin to those of a quality Mezcal.
Heat: Starts low and warming and builds extremely slowly for about thirty seconds into an a blazing onslaught of heat which continues to build for a good two minutes. Stays at a fiery plateau for a good two more minutes before slowly descending into a lengthy afterburn with notes of toasted wood. Expect to be feeling this sucker for a good 10-20 minutes.
Recommendation: I cannot for the life of me recommend that you try this at home!