Mike Frugé and his family of fifth-generation rice farmers at J.T. Meleck Distillers recently announced the first full batch of their Louisiana rice whiskey.
The new J.T. Meleck Rice Whiskey, according to those behind it, is distilled from 100% Louisiana rice, making it what’s described as the first American whiskey ever to be “made 100% from rice, at a commercial level.” Aged for nearly 5 years in American oak, 53-gallon barrels, it is bottled at 96 proof. All harvesting, distilling and bottling takes place in Louisiana.
“With our new American Rice Whiskey, we are offering our best,ready for you to share with family and friends this holiday season,” said Frugé, founder and owner of Frugé Spirits, in a prepared statement. “We were patient in our process to release a rice whiskey that was the best it could be, authentic to our Louisiana brand and true to our family’s story. We’re giving what we have directly to you; we hope you enjoy it.”
J.T. Meleck Rice Whiskey, pricing around $47 per 750 ml bottle, is available at select retailers throughout Louisiana and Arkansas. Official tasting notes for it are below.
Appearance is amber in color and deep in intensity. Aroma characteristics include vanilla crème cake and white chocolate pudding. On the palate is a smooth texture with hints of butterscotch, silky caramel, crème brulee, and dark chocolate with a pit of spice. An excellent spirit meant to be enjoyed neat, over rice, or in a classic cocktail.