New Iberia resident Richard Landry ended the year with a bang, winning top honors on Discovery Channel's Moonshiners: Master Distiller show Tuesday night.
Landry competed against two other distillers to create cherry bounce, a drink favored by the nation's first president George Washington. The show was filmed in the fall and can be streamed on Discovery.com.
"It still doesn't feel real," Landry said. "Winning Moonshiners: Master Distiller was confirmation that my hard work learning how to distill was well worth it."
During the show, Landry competed against a legacy distiller and a biochemist working in a distillery to create the winning cherry bounce recipe. After working through an early setback due to a slow fermentation process, Landry came back strong to create a batch of cherry bounce highlighted by a flavor profile featuring cherries, Louisiana molasses, and cane sugar.
Landry learned the art of distilling through sheer curiosity. After watching the Moonshiners series on Discovery Channel nearly a decade ago, he began experimenting with the distilling process to create his own blends. Over time, he sharpened his skills through hands-on practice and intense research.
"All these years, I've had some hits and misses with my creations, but I was determined to keep at it," Landry said. "I'm proud of the work I've done and excited that it's led to this moment."
As the winner of the competition, Landry will get a limited release of his winning cherry bounce recipe at Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
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