It’s no secret - that here in Southwest Louisiana, we love to have a good time. Whether we are tailgating before a McNeese football game or donning our finest Mardi Gras costumes, we usually have our favorite cocktail in hand. We don’t have to search very far for a reason to celebrate either. After all, we are the festival capital of Louisiana. So when Sulphur native, Jamison Trouth, unveiled his handcrafted, artisanal Yellowfin Vodka, you know we raised a glass to that!

Yellowfin Vodka with Jamison Trouth

“Yellowfin Tuna is native to our Gulf waters and is considered the crème de la crème, a delicacy, and so is Yellowfin Vodka,” explained Trouth, as he poured me a sample at the polished bar in his tasting room. The pot distiller gleamed over his shoulder through the window behind the bar. “They are such a beautiful fish,” he continued, “and the quality of the meat is second to none. And just as fresh Yellowfin Tuna can be enjoyed rare or ‘neat’, I enjoy my Yellowfin Vodka the same way, at room temperature with nothing added, not even ice.”

Sample Southwest Louisiana's first locally distilled vodka - Yellowfin Vodka in Sulphur.

After walking me through the process, it’s easy to see Trouth is passionate about creating a truly artisanal craft spirit. From start to finish, Trouth composes his vodka around the bounty of Southwest Louisiana, starting with 100% locally grown cane sugar. He painstakingly oversees every step of the process from dissolving the pure cane sugar in purified water to applying the labels after bottling each batch.The result? A bright, creamy liquor perfectly crafted for mixing or enjoying straight up.

Yellowfin Vodka is made with 100% Louisiana cane sugar.

After opening his doors in April, Trouth sold out completely in just under a week. “I’ve had several people visit who say they normally don’t drink vodka but love Yellowfin. Many vodka drinks say it’s the best they’ve ever had,” stated Trouth as I savored my sample.

If you want to purchase a bottle you must go straight to the source since Yellowfin has yet to hit the store shelves. It's just $25 with tax! Take a quick tour, enjoy a tasting, and take home a bottle (or two) of Louisiana’s newest craft spirit, exclusively in SWLA. You can find Yellowfin Distillery at 1716 E Burton Street in Sulphur. Keep up to date by following Yellowfin on Facebook and Instagram.