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Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce – what is a bonnet?

 

Early 1900's womens Tam

scotch bonnet hot sauce – tam o shanter hats

Scotch Bonnet

We make scotch bonnet hot sauce. You can buy a bottle by clicking this link.  A lot of people like the flavour but have you wondered where the name comes from? The Scotch Bonnet supposedly comes from the Tam O Shanter. But I wonder whether a Scottish woman in the Caribbean, or more likely a soldier.  See the examples and what do you think? Whether a lady from a ship or a soldier passing by, some old market lady, maybe in Jamaica, saw the hat and exclaimed, “that looks just like my peppers” and off we go into the present and the wonderful fragrant  peppers we use exclusively in our Hot Sauce.

I have done a bit of research but the origin seems lost in time. My own view is a soldier, but I must admit the images of ladies hats looks closer.  We have tried so many other peppers and just cannot get the flavour we want from any other. Scotch Bonnet are a cousin or part of the group Habanero an pepper grown in the Caribbean but also in Africa and India. They are high in heat with a Scoville rating of about 250,000.

soldier wearing tam

Old soldier with tam

scotch bonnet hot sauce named after this Modern Tam?

scotch bonnet hot sauce named after this Modern Tam?

Scotch Bonnet hot sauce and peppers

Scotch Bonnet hot sauce and peppers

Early 1900’s womens Tam

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