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#1 AJ Drew

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 08:06 AM

Is there anything behind the claim that the Dragon's Breath is a recycled Infinity Chili?  Maybe an offshoot of the earlier plants before they were stable?  Read the claim in Pepper Wars, so who knows?


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 10:05 AM

The Dragon's Breath has been stated by its original growers to be an unexpected plant grown from Infinity Pepper seed stock that had been purchased from the Infinity Pepper's original grower and forgotten about.

 

I am currently working on reviewing the first commercial Dragon's Breath sauce and strongly doubt anything similar could be made with anything as mild as a Ghost or InfiNaga. I have no first hand experience with the Infinity itself yet but it's officially rated somewhere between the two, leading me to doubt that it and the Dragon's Breath are the same thing.

 

If I had to guess, I would say it were an accidental cross polination (something Nick Woods is already known for, having created the Infinity that way) with the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T. I say this because I also ordered some dried peppers along with the sauce and, while their strong, red, chinense aroma isn't that of any Scorpion I know, they do have both the Scorpion's acidic, orangey fruitness and a Brainstrain-esque 7-Pot fruitness to their scent just the same way the Butch T does. Yet the sauce also warms all the way down in a way that's more tolerable than but still quite reminiscent of the time I ate fresh, homegrown InfiNaga. A unique trait that I associate with chilli-infused drinks and the Infinity side of that pepper.

 

Then again, while Woody claims not to know what exactly went into the Infinity, I have heard tales that he thought it might involve some Scorpion type so perhaps your theory of it being an early, divergent pheno of the original isn't all that far fetched.


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 01:41 PM

Any time someone says hottest pepper in the world there is going to be flack.  But the flack I am reading is that the scam is that it is nothing more than an infinity pepper with a new name.  I think that kind of flack demonstrated a huge volume of ignorance.  After all, the same claim would mean a Butch T is nothing more than a renamed scorpion.  Variants and unknown crosses abound in the world of peppers.

It is also very refreshing to learn a developer said s/he didnt know rather than make up a story.


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 03:14 PM

I will say that I don't fully trust either side of the Dragon's Breath promotional BS. Both people who claim to have been its original grower have lied to us about certain things, including claiming that it already had the record from Guinness back in summer.

 

The origin story, however, sounds believable. It's merely ignorance that some people see talk of it being an unexpected result of growing Infinity seeds and go "oh, it's just Infinity, it's a con". Assuming that what I have is Dragon's Breath, and I have no reason to doubt the company I bought from, It is most definitely not just Infinity.

 

Is it a world record? No. Will it be one? No idea.

But it's a lot hotter than just an Infinity pepper would be. I'll have an idea of how hot after I've tried the peppers themselves.



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 09:52 PM

Ye, I cant really hold the whole story in my head.  Bought seeds anyway, but that is more because I am an addict than anything else.


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