Louisiana Spirits' new rums hit shelves

LACASSINE (AP) — Two new rums with local pedigrees have hit store shelves.

Louisiana Spirits this week launched its offerings — Silver Bayou Rum and Spiced Bayou Rum.

Both rums are bottled at 80 proof.

Company President Trey Litel told The Times-Picayune the Silver uses a combination of molasses and

raw, unprocessed sugar, both sourced from Louisiana.

"What makes a difference," he said, "is the blend of those two materials and the fact that we pasteurize at the beginning

to get rid of wild yeast." The end product has a rounded, rock candy sweetness.

The Spiced variety infuses the Silver with a

secret blend of spices. Most of the ingredients are traditional in

spiced rums,

but, "there is one ingredient that we're never going to tell

anybody and that ingredient comes out of Louisiana agriculture."

Louisiana Spirits has been in the works for three years. Even though the first products are new to the market, the distillery

already is expanding. Construction has begun on a 12,000-square-foot addition, which will hold supplies and an aging room.