Wining & Dining
Yellowfin Vodka - Locally Made and Sippin' Smooth
7/5/2017 10:47:07 AM


In 2007, when Jamison Trouth told his chemical engineering classmates at McNeese State University about his future plans to own and operate a vodka distillery, they voiced considerable skepticism. Chemical engineering majors move on to work in petro-chemical plants. Everyone knows that! But Trouth never gave up on his dream. Sure, he indeed had to work in the plants for seven years to save up enough money to make his dream become a reality. But in 2014, he decided it was time. "If I was going to do it, I needed to jump all in. I quit my job, sold my house, and started making it happen,” says Trouth.

Trouth spent the next two years on brand development, design and procurement of equipment, extensive permitting, and label design. He bottled his first batch of artisan vodka on Christmas Day 2016. Since then, he has promoted his new product via word of mouth and social media. His marketing method seems to be effective, and he is already working to increase his monthly production because he can’t keep his popular spirits in stock. 

Trouth says his vodka is honestly the best vodka he’s ever tasted. What makes Yellowfin Vodka unique and special? It is fermented and distilled from pure crystallized Louisiana cane sugar and filtered in five stages over two days, which results in a "smooth, sippable vodka.” Yellowfin Distillery is essentially a one-man operation. Trouth carries out every step of the vodka-making process himself, from schlepping the sugar to attaching the labels. However, he says that he is very grateful for the help and support of friends and family. And he’d like to extend a special thank you to Larry G. Huber, Sr. and David Haynes of Control Concepts in Sulphur, who donated materials and time from their busy schedules to help Trouth install the control system that powers and operates his distillation system.

Trouth spent considerable time on both the name of his business and the design of his colorful label. He enjoys spearfishing and wanted the brand to reflect his passion. The background of the front label is a photo taken with his GoPro on a spearfishing trip in the Gulf. He also wanted the brand to highlight a local natural resource and he felt Yellowfin was perfect. And as Trouth explains, fresh yellowfin tuna can be enjoyed raw or slightly seared, just as his vodka can be appreciated either straight up at room temperature or on the rocks.

Currently, Trouth sells his Yellowfin Vodka from the distillery, located at 1716 E. Burton St., Sulphur, La., and is open Wednesday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Follow 

@Yellowfin Distillery on Facebook and Instagram or at Trouth can be reached via social media or at 

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