Posted January 26, 2006 by Anthony in Reviews

Review: CaJohn’s Krakatoa Pure Red Savina Habanero Hot Sauce

CaJohns Krakatoa Hot SauceI have had this bottle of CaJohn’s Krakatoa sitting in the fridge for quite some time. I am trying to figure out why it has taken me so long to open it up. Oh ya, it’s the ingredients. Red Savina Habanero Chiles, Vinegar. That’s it. Nothing more. Now whenever I am about to open up a bottle I know is going to be crazy hot there is a moment of trepidation. My Brain, Tongue, and stomach vehemently protesting and at the same time my brain, tongue and stomach urging me on. In the end we know who wins. So here we go.

This bottle of hot sauce looks great. It is still a 5oz bottle but there is a little bit more flair to the bottle. The graphics are nice and represent what is inside. As understated as this sauce makes itself look, not much can prepare you for the heat packed inside. And I guess the name kind of rolls off the tongue as well (too bad the heat doesn’t).

The test for this was simple was going to be simple. Just some fried chicken. My mouth started to water just as I was opening up the seal. I am sure that is more from vinegar anticipation than anything else, but I was wrong. The vinegar was noticeable, albeit barely. What was very apparent was the smell of habaneros. I poured a bit out and was amazed at the colour and consistency. It was a deep red and just a little runny. The salivation had moved from vinegar to habanero goodness. Fortunately for me I know how hot the red savina can be. So I attacked it vociferously yet with restrained caution.

CaJohns Krakatoa Hot Sauce

So as I said the test was going to be some chicken, but alas this never happened. So you get a review direct from my finger. I dipped my finger right in the bottle and scooped some out. Lucky for me I didn’t scoop too much. This sauce is hot. And I mean really HOT!!! I thought I could feel everyone of those 580,000 scoville units on my tongue. Now I don’t know what the exact scoville unit is for this sauce but I can safely compare the heat level to Blair’s Mega Death as well as having the red savina scoville rating as a reference. Taste is totally different though. It is pure Habanero’s and I am thinking about what I can add it too right now as I type this. (It has been about 20 minutes and the heat is still quite noticeable).

Its not often I find a sauce this simple and this good. My biggest regret is not opening it sooner. If you want a great habanero sauce that delivers extreme heat and taste without the worry of extract taste. A sauce that looks great, tastes great and is versatile, look no further. This is an extreme sauce that is essential for your collection or fridge. For the seasoned chili head who wants something new, to the newbie chili-head to experience the power of peppers and all things hot. Don’t make the mistake I did and let this one slip by you. Great Stuff!!!

Hot Sauce Hottie Award

I officially give CaJohns Krakatoa Hot Sauce my Hot Sauce Hottie Award.

Packaging 9/10
Aroma 9/10
Appearance 9/10
Taste 10/10
Heat 10/10

Overall 9.5/10

CaJohns Fiery Foods
2040 Oakland Park Avenue
PO Box 24010
Columbus, Ohio 43224

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