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Tabasco Country Store in Jackson Square

The Tabasco Country Store 537 St Ann Street New Orleans. TABASCO® brand products are made by the McIlhenny Company that was founded in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana. To this day, the company is still family-owned and operated on that very same site. Avery Island sits atop a salt dome and is about 150 miles west of New Orleans. On the island they offer a pepper sauce factory tour and have an awesome Tabasco Country Store. The good news is that you don’t have to travel that far to experience Tabasco flavors and products. While exploring New Orleans you can visit the Tabasco Country Gift and Souvenir Shop located in the French Quarter at Jackson Square.

Tabasco SaucesInside the Tabasco Country store you will find that it is well stocked with a vast selection of TABASCO TABASCO® Sauces, condiments, collectibles, gift boxes and gourmet foods. You will find the seven unique and distinct flavors of Tabasco sauce which include Original Red Sauce, Green Jalapeno, Chipotle, Buffalo Style, Habanero, Garlic Pepper and Sweet & Spicy Sauce. You will also find Tabasco spiced pickles and mustard and other tasty snacks and condiments. Of the non perishable you will find ceramics, lines, cooking aprons, dishes and kitchen ware along with Tabasco t-shirts, neck ties and Tabasco Home décor.

The History of Tabasco

Tabasco t-shirts and tiesThe diet of the Reconstruction South was bland and monotonous, especially by Louisiana standards. So Edmund McIlhenny decided to create a pepper sauce to give the food some spice and flavor — some excitement. Selecting and crushing the reddest peppers from his plants, he mixed them with Avery Island salt and aged this “mash” for 30 days in crockery jars and barrels. McIlhenny then blended the mash with French white wine vinegar and aged the mixture for at least another 30 days. After straining it, he transferred the sauce to small cologne-type bottles with sprinkler fitments, which he then corked and sealed in green wax. (The sprinkler fitment was important because his pepper sauce was concentrated and best used when sprinkled, not poured.) Over 140 years later, TABASCO® Sauce is made much the same way except now the aging process for the mash is longer – up to three years in white oak barrels – and the vinegar is high-quality distilled vinegar. Labeled in 22 languages and dialects, sold in over 165 countries and territories, added to soldiers’ rations and put on restaurant tables around the globe, it is the most famous, most preferred pepper sauce in the world.

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