Alright everyone, time for another of my favorite posts… a Hot Sauce Review! Today I will be trying a new hot sauce from one of my favorite brands. I am super excited! So, without further ado, here is my Melinda’s Red Savina Fiery Hot Pepper Sauce Review.
What is a Red Savina Pepper?
I thought it appropriate to first give a little information on the star of this hot sauce, the Red Savina. This pepper is actually a habanero that has been specially bred to supposedly be hotter and bigger than a regular habanero. It is also red in color, instead of the typical orange habanero we usually see.
For a while it was even recognized as the hottest pepper in the world. According to wikipedia, “In February 2007, the Red Savina chili was displaced in Guinness World Records as the hottest chili in the world by the Naga Jolokia pepper. The Red Savina held the record from 1994 until 2006.” (The Naga Jolokia is also known as the Ghost Pepper.)
Melinda’s Hot Pepper Sauces
Over the past couple years I have become a big fan of Melinda’s hot sauces. The Original Habanero Hot Pepper Sauce is really delicious and goes well on lots things…especially tacos and breakfast burritos!
As you well know, I eat a lot of different hot sauces, but Melinda’s has risen to my top 3 for sure. I have been running through a bottle of it about every two months or so, and that is crazy. Considering how many varieties of hot sauces I use on a regular basis, to run out of one consistently that often is incredible. The only other hot sauce that I do that with is Tabasco, which I use practically everyday on one thing or another.
The Melinda’s brand actually offers 15 different flavor options, according to my count. I think I have only tried five of them. Gee whiz, I am slacking!
They categorize them as X Hot, XX Hot, XXX Hot, XXXX Hot , and X-tremely Hot on their website. The Red Savina falls into their XXXX Hot Sauce category. The Original Habanero that I eat all the time is in the X Hot group. So, to me, that means this Red Savina better be pretty freakin’ hot, because even the original one has a nice kick to it.
Melinda’s Red Savina Taste Test
Ok, here we go. Lemme give it a try…
I tried a good dousing of each of the two Melinda’s that I have on hand. I put each sample portion on a tortilla chip, to get a good and equal comparison.
As you can see I used my good china to display this taste test…aka a paper towel.
The Red Savina is definitely hotter than the Original habanero. It has been a couple minutes now, and I can still feel a gentle tingle on my tongue. It is a nice heat though, not like the kind that overwhelms you and has you reaching for anything you can find to soothe the burn. Although I seem to do that to myself fairly often, I prefer this kind of burn…obvious, but not mind altering.
The Red Savina also has a little stronger flavor than the original. Although all their ingredients on their labels are the same besides the type of pepper, the Red Savina lists the chili pepper as the first ingredient. So, as I have always understood, that is the most prominent item in the recipe.
In the Original the first listed item is carrots, then habanero peppers. The Red Savina actually seemed a slightly more tangy to me. Maybe having more carrots proportionality in the original mellowed out the tang a bit. Overall, they are pretty similar in flavor, but the Red Savina definitely makes more of an impression.
I love the flavor of the Original Habanero, and the Red Savina is pretty similar, and without a doubt one of the best tasting “hot” sauces I have ever had. Many hot sauces that are just going for massive heat don’t seem to really care about the flavor. Often times they use bitter extracts just to heat it up, but it is so nasty you wouldn’t dare want to ruin your food with it. So, big points for the Melinda’s Red Savina on that!!
Heat Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮
Flavor Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮
Overall Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮
Melinda’s Red Savina vs Original Habanero
To wrap this post up I would say both of them are really good and worth trying for yourself. In the end, I am confident I will continue to go through the Original Habanero faster than I will this new Red Savina Fiery Hot Pepper Sauce. It has been about 15 mins now, and there is still a slight sense on my tongue that I ate something spicy.
What this means to me is that I if I gave a good shake of the Red Savina on each bite of food, as I do with the Original, my mouth would be on fire after a few bites. If you have spicy food experience like me, then you know that it seems to build and build as you continue to eat it. It creates layers of heat in a way. That is, unless you take a big rest in between each bite. I do not do that lol.
With that said, I will for sure keep the Red Savina in my arsenal, but probably use a few drops every few bites instead of non-stop. But if you are looking for something with a pretty good kick to it and a really delicious flavor than this is the sauce for you. It is by far one of the best tasting legitimately hot sauces I have tried.
Melinda’s Original Ratings
Heat Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮
Flavor Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮
Overall Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮ (Delicious and Versatile)
Well, I guess that about wraps it up. If you would like to try some Melinda’s for yourself go check out my Hot sauce Shop, where I try to keep a good listing of all my favorite hot sauces and other grilling essentials.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you asap. Thanks for reading and I will talk to you soon!
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