Vodka is often derided in the spirits community. Well, by non vodka producers, at least. It’s because vodka (the unflavored variety) is neutral. It’s distilled to such a high proof that most of its natural flavor is distilled right out the door. Sure, that’s not always the case. Take Karlsson’s Gold, for example. Which is distilled once, unfiltered and actually tastes like potatoes. Or Zu Bison Grass Vodka, which tastes like boozy pistachio ice cream. Or, you know, Naga Chilli Vodka, which tastes like a thousand demons summoned from hell.
That’s because this fiery number’s formed by steeping Naga Jolokia peppers in grain vodka. If you’re unfamiliar, the Naga chile is the technical term for the “ghost pepper.” Yes, the hell spawn pepper that’s exactly a bajillion times hotter than a jalapeno. To compare, the Scoville Scale, which rates heat units, lists the common jalapeno as falling between 3,500 and 8,000 Scoville units. While the ghost pepper can range upwards of one million Scoville units. So, like we said: it’s hot.
But don’t worry. Naga Chilli Vodka’s only 250,000 Scoville units, making it downright drinkable.
But not for the faint of heart. Or anyone, really. Maybe it’s a good white elephant gift. Or something to send your worst enemy. Or perhaps as a refill cartridge for your military-grade pepper spray.
In fact, here’s a selection from the manufacturer’s tasting notes:
It smells like the devil’s tears, with a side of Agent Orange mixed with Pepper Spray.
Pre-order now. Shipments begin October 1, 2012.
But… you should really read the disclaimer first.