Tabasco is a hot sauce made from tabasco peppers (Capsicum frutescens var. tabasco), vinegar, and salt. It has a hot, spicy flavor. The sauce is produced by US-based McIlhenny Company to whom the 'Tabasco sauce' brand name belongs. Tabasco sauce was first produced in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny, a Maryland-born former banker who had moved to Louisiana around 1840. Initially McIlhenny used discarded cologne bottles to distribute his sauce to family and friends, and in 1868 when he started to sell to the public he ordered thousands of new 'cologne bottles' from a New Orleans glassworks. It was in these that the sauce was first commercially distributed.
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