Every year, a portion of the finest peppers grown on Avery Island, Louisiana are hand-selected by members of the McIlhenny family for their superior color, texture and robustness. These special peppers are mashed with a small amount of Avery Island salt, placed in white oak barrels and aged for approximately three years. From time to time, however, some of this pepper mash is left to age for an extended period – some of it for up to eight years. This Family Reserve pepper mash is then blended with premium white wine vinegar, strained and bottled as a small batch of TABASCO® Pepper Sauce that has traditionally been available only to McIlhenny family members and close family friends. Occasionally, a limited edition of this full-bodied sauce is specially packaged and made available to the public. We hope that you enjoy this unique sauce.