More Tabasco sauce

Submitted by BRBill July 15th, 2011
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After seeing Bob’s post the other day about the mini bottle of Tabasco sauce, i remembered the below submitted items for your perusal…

This bottle is ancient, over 20 years old. I got it for Christmas one year from an ex-brother in law. He knew someone who knew someone, etc….From what i remember, the Chairman of the McIlhenny Co., Mr. Walter McIlhenny, would personally sign labels once a year. He’s now dead so i guess these would be fairly rare.

“This vintage Tabasco has been especially bottled to become the private stock of ME!! Presented with due ceremony in the best tradition of the McIlhenny Company” signed by the Man himself, Chairman

….and the box it came in..,..

My papa’s bottle “aged” a bit better than mine did….and he used all of his whereas i didn’t quite finish mine…tho i have gone thru more than a few bottles since getting this one.

Avery Island, where Tabasco sauce is made and bottled, is over by New Iberia, La. That’s just a couple of hours away from me here in Baton Rouge. The only time i did go to Avery Island that i can almost remember was way too long ago for me to actually remember…must make a note to make a day trip…..In the flat coastal plains of South Louisiana are curious structures rising above the marsh, that are called “islands”, of which there are five in Iberia and St. Mary Parishes. These “islands”, Jefferson, Avery, Weeks, Cote Blanche and Belle Isle, are salt domes. Yes folks, that’s where most of the salt consumed in the continental US comes from. Sometime back in the 1860s someone at Avery Island came up with the idea of combining that salt, vinegar and some of those tabasco peppers into a concoction that was quite spicy, tasty and went well with food as a seasoning. And i can testify to ya brothers and sisters, that this Tabasco sauce works real well with just about any food you can imagine, best used in large quantities too, uh huh….

5 Responses to “More Tabasco sauce”

  1. Allee Willis

    Love learning about all this! Always enjoy your very thorough posts.

    Tabasco sauce was always too peppery for me but it never stopped me from trying it for at least one bite of any steak I was eating.

    I love that it’s been around for so long and I, too, would covet a bottle autographed by the chairman.

    That first bottle in the first photo looks like what I always imagined the lining of my stomach would look like every time I attempted to swallow some Tabasco. I also think that “Tabasco” is a perfect name for that product. It’s one of those names that sounds like the contents and allows you to be able to taste the product without actually putting it in your mouth.

    Little miniature Tabasco bottle that started this conversation:

  2. Michael Ely

    Allee – Try Tabasco chipotle sauce. It is fairy new on the market (came out a few years ago) and it has a nice smokey flavor that diminishes the hot to some degree. You might like it better.

  3. k2dtw

    Love this post, great info. LOVE your bottle, what a nice company tradition, coming from a company that must be very proud of their product.