Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spicy . . . and Royal

An article from the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Executives at McIlhenny Co., the Louisiana company that produces the fiery pepper sauce, have gone to great lengths to document the fact that their product is kept in stock in the Buckingham Palace pantry. And their efforts have earned them the ultimate royal seal of approval.

This year, McIlhenny will become one of just a few U.S. companies to receive a Royal Warrant of Appointment that distinguishes the company as a supplier to the queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales have their own royal warrants that can be granted to suppliers to the royal family following a tradition begun in 1155. McIlhenny earned its seal from Queen Elizabeth herself.

. . . Tabasco is almost as historic as the distinction it has earned. Created in 1868, the sauce is still produced at Avery Island, where the peppers are grown, harvested and then fermented in white oak barrels before being bottled and shipped.

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