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Sapling Spirits launches climate-positive vodka

Sustainable British brand Sapling Spirits has launched a limited edition, climate-positive citrus vodka in collaboration with Fortnum & Mason.

Waste not, want not: the Fortnum’s x Sapling vodka is made using discarded citrus peel

Made in the Cotswolds, Sapling vodka is created using only ingredients local to the distillery to reduce transport emissions.

The regeneratively farmed spirit is distilled four times from organic wild-farmed wheat, before it is blended with charcoal-filtered, deionised water.

For the exclusive Citrus edition, London-based Fortnum & Mason collected 40kg of lemon and orange peel waste from the attached bar at 45 Jermyn St. The peel was then macerated in Sapling’s base vodka for 48 hours before being redistilled.

The result is a 40% ABV vodka said to have a creamy mouthfeel, a hint of fragrance and zest on the nose, and a touch of sweetness on the palate. It is recommended enjoyed on the rocks or as a twist on the classic Sgroppino (an Italian dessert cocktail).

Each year in the UK, 3.8 million tonnes of citrus peel is discarded. The figures prompted the two brands to collaborate for the production of this vodka, which has a limited run of 396 bottles.

For every bottle sold, Sapling Spirits plant a tree. The planting projects take place across the UK, both at locations chosen by the team and in partnership with its stockists. Sapling is constantly re-examining its green credentials to ensure that its processes are as sustainable as possible.

The Fortnum’s x Sapling Citrus Vodka is now available to consumers from all Fortnum & Mason retail outlets and at 45 Jermyn St for an RRP of £42.50 (US$51.87).

Last month, we explored how spirits brands from around the globe are working to create a greener planet.

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