McIlhenny Co. Marks Its 150th Anniversary With Special Tabasco

Tabasco is not just one sauce. These days, there are green, sriracha and scorpion versions, among others. But the fanciest one on the list has just been introduced to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the McIlhenny Company, the producer based on Avery Island, La. Bottled with gold foil and packed in a box to suggest Champagne, it is made from specially selected peppers that are mashed with salt and aged for up to 15 years instead of the usual three, then mixed with sparkling wine vinegar, not the garden variety. The result is thicker and definitely more complex: Tabasco Diamond Reserve Sauce, $34.95 for six ounces, tabasco.com.

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Content originally published on https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/dining/tabasco-mcilhenny-diamond-reserve.html by FLORENCE FABRICANT