Vodka with a Conscience. Locally Sourced Ingredients in Vodka Production

Choosing Sapling Vodka makes a good party better

The shenanigans over Eurovision (how epic was the addition of  Eurovision Sapling Vodka Sunrise to our summery and delicious cocktail ideas?) did make us reflect on why we think sustainable vodka is the future. There’s a lot to love about a vegan vodka cocktail or two, and it’s nice to know that the vodka you’re drinking is actually helping the planet. Choosing Sapling vegan vodka doesn’t just mean you get to enjoy a top-quality, independently produced British vodka, it means you’ve planted a tree and shown your support for carbon footprint-reducing vodka production. So party to your heart’s content!

Why we use locally sourced ingredients in our vegan vodka

We’re proud to be a British vodka made with local ingredients. We use British wheat from local UK farmers in our 4 times distilled British vodka, which keeps our transportation distances (and resulting emissions) low. Right from the beginning, we’ve always wanted to prove that we can make vodka every bit as good as the vodkas we buy from Eastern Europe. But we’re sending wheat to London, rather than shipping glass bottles hundreds of miles.

Great British vodka – the proof is in the drinking

By choosing to buy Sapling premium vodka, you’re not just getting a great spirit, you’re also supporting local economies and backing a brand that actively promotes sustainable vodka sourcing methods. But using British wheat isn’t just an environmental choice. Localising our supply chain means we get the very best, freshest grain, and wheat also gives a sweeter, smoother mouth feel, resulting in a sipping vodka of the highest quality.

How Europe has changed

When you launch a product that uses natural ingredients, it’s important to remember how much our continent has changed environmentally. It’s amazing to think that Europe was once covered by forests. What was once a huge carbon sink changed to accommodate modern life, and the expansion of agriculture has had a lot to do with that.

A move to regenerative farming

Farms depend on fertilizers. Centuries of growing the same crops in the same fields have resulted in soil that’s severely depleted in nutrients. Regenerative farming, which focuses on soil health by reducing tillage and rotating crops, is a good solution. It increases microbial activity and nutrients in the soil and gives better water filtration, so the soil stays alive without depending on fertilizer use.

Why isn’t all British vodka made with sustainable ingredients?

The problem basically relates to subsidies, which are given to farmers based on the area of land that they farm. The challenge is that regenerative farming methods simply can’t produce as much crop per hectare, so the farmers don’t get the yield which, along with the subsidy, keeps them afloat. We definitely think more consideration should be given to how sustainable farming practices are when it comes to subsidies. That said, we appreciate that it’s a complex issue.

Premium vodka made from British regenerative wheat

To highlight this, we’re planning to release an exquisite Sapling vodka later in the year that’s made entirely from regenerative wheat. We hope this will not only champion what sustainable vodka production methods can achieve, but also raise awareness of how the current situation is holding us back.

You have to try Sapling Raspberry & Hibiscus Vodka

We also have something you can enjoy right now. We’ve recently launched our ridiculously amazing, proudly wonky, raspberry & hibiscus vodka. This fun, fruity and basically insatiable addition to our range is one that we’re sticking with from hereon in. We make it using ‘wonky’ fruit that might otherwise have gone to waste— while our raspberries taste as great, someone out there thinks they aren’t as pretty. So we turned them into the best British flavoured vodka you could ever wish for.  Trust us when we say that the ‘punnet raspberries’ are green with envy.

Remember to stay in touch

There’s a lot going on with Sapling Spirits at the moment, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you that we absolutely love hearing from Sapling fans. If there’s anything you’d like to share with us, always let us know.




The Sapling Team