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Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper is a chili pepper that was formerly the world’s hottest. The pepper is a cultivar of the Trinidad Scorpion[citation needed], which is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago. It is named after Butch Taylor, the owner of a hot sauce company who is responsible for propagating the pepper’s seeds.[1] The “scorpion” peppers are referred to as such because the pointed end of the pepper is said to resemble a scorpion’s stinger.

World record

The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper formerly ranked as the hottest pepper in the world, according to Guinness World Records.[2]. According to the New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute, the distinction of world’s hottest pepper belongs to the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion[3]. A laboratory test conducted in March, 2011 measured a specimen of Trinidad Scorpion Butch T at 1,463,700 Scoville heat units .[4] Hotness of a species of chili pepper can vary by up to a factor of 10 depending on the conditions under which the specimen grew.[5] High-performance liquid chromatography has limited precision and a margin of error of about 5% of the true value; Scoville units reported with more than two significant figures should be regarded as for entertainment purposes only and not a scientific assessment of the spiciness of the pepper.[6]


The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper is so strong that those who handle it must wear protective gloves. Exposure to the eyes or skin near the eyes when handling this pepper could cause temporary blindness. While preparing the Butch T, one should wear a chemical mask or a body suit to defend against fumes given off in the cooking process.[7]

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