Thibodaux distillery wins golds for spirits

Donner-Peltier Distillers, of Thibodaux, won gold medals for each of the three spirits the company entered in the World Spirits Association convention in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Oryza Vodka scored a 91 and Rougaroux Full Moon Dark Rum scored 92. Sugarshine, a clear rum, earned a 94 and won the clear rum category outright.

“We were only in business for a month or two when the submission deadline rolled around,” said company President Beth Donner. “Our hope was that we might receive a medal, maybe two, but to win three medals with three products, and have them be all gold, well, that was really the best surprise I’ve had in quite a while.”

The distillery plans two new products — Rougaroux 13 Pennies Praline Rum and Oryza Gin — in coming months and is planning to release a new whiskey, LA1, later this year.

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