Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2019: 20-11

21st January, 2020 by Melita Kiely

17: Willow

One of the most notable low‐ABV releases in 2019 was Willow, created by Vestal Vodka founder William Borrell. Bottled at 4.4% ABV, Willow was made from a Calvados base that was blended with pineapple, star anise, cherry tomato, kaffir lime leaves and agave syrup.

It is made at Borrell’s subterranean London bar Ladies & Gentlemen. The name ‘Willow’ is a combination of the words ‘Will’ and ‘low’.

Borrell called the “notion of no-alcohol ‘spirits’” a “con”, but said Willow offers “sufficient character and bite”, with notes of green apple, citrus, tomato and flora.

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