I received my Tabasco oak barrel chips. I have not yet tried to smoke with them but will update this thread when I do.
In the picture below, you can see the comparison of the Tabasco oak chips versus Cowboy brand hickory chips. The Tabasco chips are not consistent in size - in fact, a few would not fit into my chip box unless I break them up. In the picture, I sorted the chips and you can see the larger ones closer to the bag and the smaller ones in the bottom right. Many of the chips have a slight charring on them, makes sense if they were originally whiskey barrels.
The foil pan is the entire contents of one of the 2lb bags and has a subtle and wonderful aged Oak barrel smell (reminiscent of my winery tours). You can't really smell it unless you dump them out. I doubt there will be any real difference to seasoned oak chips but we'll see when I try these.
I emptied both bags and each had some debris in them. I know there is another thread going on with some serious passion about debris in the chips - PLEASE do NOT go there. I am only reporting back what I found in the bags. The debris found was from both bags. I would suggest anyone using these chips that they sort through the chips before they smoke them. I found:
*) 1/4" piece of clear plastic bag (Bag #1)
*) piece of steel wire that looks like part of a barrel (Bag #1)
*) Small scrap of cardboard (Bag #2)
*) weird chunk that MAY be wood but not sure (Bag #2)
If I were rating these chips purely on the quality of chip size consistency, although they were inexpensive ($3.35 for 2 lbs. plus incidental shipping) any of the other brands out there have much more consistent chip size quality and I would not reccomend these.
BTW, the bag says "Barbeque Wood Flavors Co. Ennis, TX" - Ennis is south of Dallas. They have a web site http://bbqwoodflavors.com/ - looks like they chip/chunk and bag for a number of labels. Don't try there "online store" - it goes to a domain name they do NOT own (looks like a squatter site).