Posted April 3, 2006 by Anthony in Reviews

Captain Thom’s Chilehead Survival Kit – Red Savina Powder

I was really excited to receive this. Talk about the perfect companion for a chili-head. I know there are different pepper powders available and I was lucky enough to get the Red Savina Powder Keychain as opposed to the others (which I am sure are great).

Red Savina Keychain

This little jar contains some powerful stuff. Simple, yet deadly, unadulterated Red Savina powder.
Unlike some of you guys out there I don’t bring my own sauce out to dinner (or the camera as a matter of fact) so this is the perfect item to bring along and use discreetly. I have two complaints about this item that is keeping it from getting a perfect score. One is the screw on top. Granted it does have a rubber seal around it but it still doesn’t make me feel comfortable enough to casually keep it in my pocket at all times. Having a pocketful of Red Savina powder (or another sauce once that is gone) doesn’t really make rush to put it on my keychain. If there was something that could be done to cap it tightly without the worry, this little container would get a perfect score. The other is the lack of a little filter to help regulate the powder coming out.

Red Savina Keychain

This is the hottest powder (rub) I have tried. It looks so innocent, nice and nestled in the container, but all it takes is a micro dash of this stuff to heat things up exponentially. Unlike its sauce counterparts the heat built up slowly. It gave you a chance to enjoy the subtle nuances of the pepper itself before it starts consuming your tongue.

As for its uses…well you name it. Sprinkle it on just about anything. With no vinegar in it, it is safe to dash it on whatever you feel like. So far I have tried it on popcorn and in soup. Later today I hope to add it in my marinade for some chicken breasts.

The other thing I really like about this is its price point (well at least for you yanks). It looks like it carries just under 1oz and it comes completely crammed to the top. Like I said before, once it is finished you can top it off with any other sauce. If you are comfortable carrying this around on your keychain or coat pocket this product is indispensable for a chili-head. Despite those two short comings I mentioned I am going to find a way to have this become one of my daily essentials like deodorant and a wallet.

Packaging – 8/10
Aroma – 8/10
Appearance – 9/10
Taste – 9/10
Heat – 10/10
Overall – 9/10