By Rosie Lawler

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The first thing you see as you cruise into Lafourche Parish is endless rows of sugarcane. Depending on the time of year, the canefields are either short, tall or burning in preparation for the next crop. The crop has long been a staple in Louisiana agriculture and inspired generations of enterprising Louisianans to make delicious products such as pralines, syrups and sodas. A few years ago, an industrious group of Cajuns came up with a new use for sugarcane: a series of rums highlighting local flavors.

Enter Donner-Peltier Distillery. The venture began when two couples from south Louisiana went on vacation and visited a distillery. As they enjoyed their vacation they wondered why a rum made with Louisiana sugarcane didn’t exist. Shortly after, they began researching the process and making the first batches of spirits.

When naming the spirits, the team at Donner-Peltier didn’t have to look far for inspiration. The names of the spirits come from local legends, byways and lore. LA1 Whiskey shares its name with one of the most important roads. However, the name also derives from being the first aged whiskey produced in Louisiana since prohibition.

Local legend is also represented in Donner-Peltier’s lineup with the Rougaroux Rum line. The Rougaroux is a mythical creature that lives in the cane fields that comes out during full moons, similar to a werewolf. Identifiable by its six fingers on each hand, the Rougaroux can be duped by leaving 13 pennies at the front door, as it can only count to 12. Fortunately, visitors to the Donner-Peltier tasting room are safe from the Rougaroux thanks to thirteen well-placed pennies outside the distillery’s front door!

The best way to experience this treat is to sample the local flavor with a trip down the bayou to the distillery in Lafourche Parish. Share your sips on social media and tag #OnlyLouisiana!

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