Spend $75 Get Free Shipping in Ontario & Quebec. All Other Provinces Will Receive Discounted Shipping

CaJohns Hydra Hot Sauce

February 11, 2020

   CaJohns Hydra Hot Sauce is definitely a force to be reckoned with! Made with 7-Pot Primo chilies, it’s got a fresh heat that you’d expect to get from this brand. Hydra is in fact a very pepper-forward sauce, meaning that much of the flavour comes from the main pepper itself. There is not too much complexity in this sauce when it comes to flavour, but that is okay with me, because I know that I will be satisfied with the savoury taste of the super hot chili!

   CaJohns is actually a very reputable company. Not only have they made a big name for themselves as one of the first hot sauce brands to gain major popularity, I have in fact enjoyed dozens of their sauces in the past few years alone. I’ve also reviewed a number of other CaJohns products over the last while. Check them out if you are interested in learning about this brand! My other reviews include Serrano Lime Hot Sauce, Fire Cock Asian Hot Sauce, and Bourbon-Infused Chipotle Hot Sauce. They are all amazing products with such diverse flavours and are definitely worth checking out! 

   The flavour profile of this one is tangy, citrus, and mildly floral. 7-Pot Primo chilies bring all the heat, with a subtle fruity, citrus, and floral taste. It does have an outstanding flavour but keep in mind that, shortly after tasting, it will unleash PURE FIRE for many of you! Distilled vinegar preserves the ingredients with a mild level of tang, while cane sugar adds a slight amount of sweetness. To be honest, I found the sugar to be virtually unnoticeable. Sea salt adjusts the taste profile to ensure it has got a bit of salinity, while the garlic adds a little zing at the end. I am not quite sure which spices are included, as there was no strong indication for me when I tried it. My guess would be perhaps cumin, although your guess may be as good as mine. Lemon extract adds a light citrus touch, complementing the citrus flavour of the Primo chilies. 

   In terms of heat, this one earns a solid 8 out of 10. I would recommend Hydra ONLY for those of you who can handle some solid heat, and/or are looking for a challenge. It does have a great flavour so I would not say this one is only heat, which is why anyone who is just beginning to get into hot sauces and spicy food would not have the heat tolerance level to fully appreciate the subtle flavours this product has to offer. The secondary ingredients are, in fact, very much in the background. So, I would not hesitate to say this sauce could almost be called a puree with vinegar. All this to say, if you want a sauce which is hot and is very much focused on the natural heat of the chili, then this is a great pick!

   Add some Hydra, in modest quantities, to your meat or seafood marinades, spicy pasta dishes, stir fries, tacos, pizza, burrito bowl, as well as your favourite breakfast dishes including omelettes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, breakfast dishes, and more! I also recommend you add a few drops, or a teaspoon (if you are brave enough) to your mayo, hummus, or sour cream dips! I cannot guarantee that most of your dinner guests would appreciate it though! The possibilities of this sauce are pretty limitless, given that it is mainly pepper-based. The only thing to keep in mind is how hot it is. A little can go a long way! 

   Come by one of our store locations and give CaJohns Hydra Hot Sauce a try! Only if you’re brave enough of course!

As always, Keep it spicy!


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Heated Discussions

Bee Sting Mango Passion Hot Sauce

February 19, 2020

When you think of a bee sting, you probably think of excruciating pain and the need for medical attention. Well get that thought out of your mind for this sauce as it will definitely not sting you much at all! It will, however, provide you with some fresh tropical flavours.

Continue Reading

Heartbreaking Dawns Cauterizer

February 04, 2020

The flavour profile of Cauterizer is fruity, tangy, sweet, and savoury. Trinidad Scorpion peppers bring a solid, blazing heat and fruity flavour, with the cider vinegar preserving the sauce while adding some sour notes. Apricot preserves, blueberries, and honey...

Continue Reading

Da Bomb Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

January 27, 2020

The flavour profile of this one is citrusy, bold, savoury, and a tad fruity. It’s made with only a few simple ingredients, which is generally a good sign about hot sauces. Fresh habanero peppers are the main source of flaming heat in this product.

Continue Reading

★ Judge.me Reviews

Let customers speak for us

4966 reviews
Perfect if you like strong vinegar-y sauces.

So my partner loves this sauce, but she loves kimchi and all things vinegar/acid-y. So I'm giving this 4 stars based on her opinion.

The normal Hellfire Detroit is one of my favorite sauces of all time for reference; however Bourbon Habanero Ghost is too tart/acidy for my taste, its also considerably hotter (which is welcome for some but a difference to note), I'd say 40% hotter than normal hellfire.

Good flavour with lingering heat

This is a pretty darn hot sauce, but the underlying flavour is still noticeable. This is a good one to have in your collection for those liking a strong kick now and then.

So good!

Bought this set as a gift for my brother who collects hot sauce and he liked it a lot. The Chicago one works well with guacamole! While the Adobo loco packs a punch. 10/10 would purchase and try other stuff again! Also the packaging is great and it arrived in perfect condition.

Great first purchase!

Grabbed a four bottles to try out the service. Excellent service. Everything arrived, safely packed and in time for Christmas (Truff was pre-owned). Will definitely buy again.


Definitely not over hyped. One of the best sauces I've had yet.