JT Meleck Louisiana Rice Vodka

JT Meleck is a new craft vodka out of Louisiana.

Founder Michael Frugé’s family has farmed the land where he is distilling vodka out of rice since 1896. Frugé’s great-great uncle, JT Meleck, first started farming on the property.

Today, the property includes a distillery surrounded by rotating crops, rice and crawfish fields.

In naming the vodka, Frugé paid homage to his ancestor who originally settled the Louisiana marshland and led the way for four generations who have brought their own innovations, as well. In 1983, Frugé and his brother Mark Frugé began rotating the rice fields with crawfish, launching Frugé Aquafarms.

“One day I was trying to think what we could do with the leftover rice we have some years and I began to wonder if we could make vodka from it,” says Frugé. “It turns out that not only can you make vodka, you can make great vodka from it.”  

JT Meleck has acreamy, viscous mouthfeel, and sake-like rice flavors.

The JT Meleck label has a rice/crawfish-inspired label to highlight the family’s Louisiana roots — and to tell their story of family and a rice called Providence.

The suggested retail price of JT Meleck vodka is $21.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

Frugé is also aging whiskey onsite.The post JT Meleck Louisiana Rice Vodka first appeared on Beverage Dynamics.
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Author: Kyle Swartz

Timothy Kelly

Tim is the Founder & Master Distiller at Felene. He developed his passion for the spirits and hospitality business while growing-up and working in his family's restaurant and liquor store business. Tim’s passion for the epicurean lifestyle has found it’s latest manifestation in the Felene Distillery. Tim is a 5-time Gold Medal Award winning Distiller. He has won a Platinum medal at the Prestigious Los Angeles Spirits Awards and his signature vodka was named Best-in-Category by the American Distilling Institute. Mr. Kelly is also a prolific author and writer and his blog is filled with ideas, discoveries, observations and recommendations to help his readers enjoy life’s simple epicurean pleasures.

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