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Why Ooft!


Its all about time!

Its all about time!

We are the Ooft! Team. Umami comes from our aged pickled daikon. Ooft! is a small artisan food manufacturing company located in the Scottish Borders.  This is a hot smooth tasty pepper sauce with plenty of umami, which is laid down like fine wine. and takes time to mature. Depending on batch, the color and heat can vary due to the peppers themselves, but the taste is consistent. Ooft! is a vegan product. What makes it special?

  1. Umami – We use daikon a huge white Japanese radish which brings umami. We are the only hot sauce with daikon
  2. Age – We age for 1-3 years in vats before bottling. This unique aging process, we are the only UK hot sauce maker that ages to create a  smooth rich flavour
  3. Pure – Unlike most other hot sauces that put guar gum or other additives we add nothing to Ooft! its pure and tasty

Daikon or Mooli

What is Umami?

Umami has been variously translated from Japanese as yummy, deliciousness or a pleasant savoury taste. See more about this in our blog at Umami

The man who started it all

Lancelot Paul (Rudy) DeCoteau – was a man who loved peppers. We dedicate the site to his memory. He grew peppers and he experimented over many years with pepper sauce. His daughters remember him, every day putting out his huge glass jars of sauce to warm in the tropical sun. He tried many recipes and eventually was happy. Its this recipe, handed down, that is the core of our products. Rudy passed away in 2008 but his memory, his recipe, and his love of peppers continue with his daughters.

Ooft! today

One of his daughters married an Englishman and they moved to Scotland. They decided to continue the proud tradition, and thus Ooft! hot pepper sauce was born. After all the finest pepper in the world (Scotch Bonnet) was named after the Tam O’Shanter a Scottish hat. We bring the clear waters of Scotland (the same used to make uisge beatha, the water of life, commonly known as Scotch) to the heat of the Caribbean pepper in a unique blend. This is our Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce.

Team Ooft! works hard to create the best hot sauce in the world Ooft!

The Ooft! Team surrounded by aging pepper sauce

Ooft! Scoville Units

Our sauce is hot. It is at the high end of the official scotch bonnet range which is 80,000 – 400,000. Ooft! is about 250,000 Scoville units. We do not make a sauce to win awards as “hottest”. Our concentration is on flavour and smooth taste. We view Ooft! as a condiment that should be on every dining table along with pepper and salt. Aging slowly brings out the unique fruity taste of the scotch bonnets.


Ooft! is fully checked and certified by our local authority for food health and hygiene.


Finding us Online

Like all small artisan producers we rely on online sales to be able to supply to people where there is no shop selling Ooft!. As we have explored ways to make it easier to find our products we have found some search terms that seem to help.

  • What is the worlds best hot sauce?
  • What is the best hot sauce in Uk or England or Scotland or Wales
  • What is an aged hot sauce
  • How are good hot sauces made
  • Where can I get a good hot sauce
  • Who sells good hot sauce online
  • Scotch bonnet hot sauce
  • Scotch bonnet chilli sauce

We love recipes and have many on our site in our recipe –LINK, section, also we post recipes at our special Scottish food web site where we explore the finest Scottish Ingredients in new ways SEE LINK

 We would love you to review our sauces – LINK TO TRUSTPILOT

Our suppliers

We get all our hot peppers, garlic and daikon from Paul’s Fruit and Veg in Covent garden. Our oils come from Supernature farm nearby who make a top class cold pressed oil that works well with our ingredients. Lovers of Chipotle will know that there has been a ban on imports into the EU due to carcinogens identified in the peppers from a particular wood used in many smokehouse. All our morita peppers are certified as free from this ingredient by

  • Testimonials

    Ooft! tastes spectacularly good. Its hot and leaves a lingering taste in your mouth

    Caroline Wengel, Scotland Food and Drink

  • Testimonials

    ” A smooth sauce with an initial sweetness on the tongue then a rapidly rising heat. Good depth of flavour with the fruitiness of the Scotch Bonnet following through” 

    Testimonial – Judges Great Taste Awards

  • Testimonials

    I love the Chipotle, and use the scotch bonnet every day!

    Tetsimonial – Martin Sweeney Head Chef Tramshed London

  • Testimonials

    “A lovely, glossy red colour and appealing consistency. There is a good initial sweetness, with some smokey, fruity notes – followed by a building, powerful spice that dominates the flavours”

    Judges Great taste Award about Chipotle

  • Testimonials

    Scotch bonnet sauce is lovely, and  I love the chipotle its great

    Testimonial – Charlie Soole, Head Chef, Hix Oyster Bar, Lyme Regis

  • Testimonials

    “Someone gave me a bottle of the scotch bonnet sauce and it was a revelation for me. I’ve tried hundreds of hot sauces (Blair’s etc) and usually get bored or taste too much vinegar but yours is the perfect blend. I almost emptied the bottle for a single meal.”

    ‎Brynjar M Sonur Hartmanns – Iceland