Mahala Botanical, a non-alcoholic spirit created in South Africa, has announced its launch in the UK.
Winner of the Best Alcohol-Free/Low-Alcohol Spirits Trophy at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2020, Mahala – which means “free” in Zulu – is also free of sugar, gluten, artificial colors and flavors .
Created and co-founded by master distiller Danielle Schoeman using a triple distillation process in bespoke vacuum stills, Mahala is made from nine botanicals, many of which are native to South Africa.
Schoeman said: “Mahala was born out of a desire to create a premium, healthy and distinctive non-alcoholic spirit in a burgeoning category that offers little choice to consumers looking for quality sugar-free and alcohol-free alternatives. “
Teaming up with former Managing Director of Pernod Ricard South Africa, Paul Scanlon, the duo began developing Mahala during the pandemic.
Scanlon commented: “The No/Low sector has grown exponentially, fueled by an increase in more moderate and healthier drinking habits among consumers. Not only does Mahala deliver exceptional quality and depth of taste, but we also own the entire ‘farm to glass’ process, giving us an incredible opportunity to ensure unparalleled quality at every step of the process.
Alcohol is meant to be mixed with tonic, sparkling water or ginger beer/ale.
Mahala (RRP £27) is currently available for purchase in line and through a range of retailers including Master of Malt and SPIRIT.ED (formerly 31DOVER).