you can enjoy a deliciously refreshing drink - without giving the planet a hangover! Every bottle made removes 2.73kg of CO2e from our atmosphere (without external offsetting). That’s the equivalent of driving 21 km in an average car - keeping our planet as crisp as your drink!
How? Because apples grow on trees, which act as powerful carbon sinks, helping us combat climate change by locking up CO2 in their wood and roots!
Bee More, Bee Avallen.
What is Avallen? Well, it’s the delicious moment when flavour and sustainability converge!
Avallen is a floral, fruity, and completely natural Calvados. Apples are the heart and soul of Avallen, with 40 different varieties used from 300 different orchards. They love apples so much, even their labels are made from them!
Produced entirely in the West of Normandy, Avallen is aged for two years in French oak before being bottled with no added sugar, caramel or boisé. In a category dominated by old-fashioned producers, Avallen represents a younger, fresher and more apple-filled future, with the health of our planet at its core.
Appealing to everyone from gin drinkers when served long with tonic, to those who enjoy their spirits brown, or even fruity cocktail fans, Avallen is perfect for mixing, as a refreshing spritz, or simply for sipping.
Avallen is made from nothing but real apples, water and time...
With no added sugar, minimal processing, and fiercely protected biodiversity within the orchards, the very things that make Avallen planet-positive also make it taste lush. A win for planet and palate!
Bee-ing positive never tasted this delicious
Wild bee populations are in decline around the world, and if they disappear, our very survival as a species will be at risk. Avallen's mission to save the bees is at the very heart of what they do. Without our furry little winged warriors, there’s no coffee. You can forget about pizza, and say goodbye to avocado on toast for breakfast. There would be no lemonade, no fries or potato chips. No berries, chillies, cucumbers, and, most importantly for us, no apples. And it’s not just the honey bee. There are 25,000 known species of bee, and it’s the wild bees, such as the beloved bumble bees and the freakishly large Wallace’s giant bee, that are most at risk.
Shrill Carder Bee - Shrill carders are one of the rarest, and smallest, of all bumble bees, and they get their name from their distinctive high-pitch buzz
Honey Bee - The western honey bee was one of the first domesticated insects, and with human assistance, now occupies every continent except Antarctica.
Leafcutter Bee - Leafcutter bees chew leaves or petals into fragments to build their nests, hence their common name. This is one of the largest genera of bees, with almost 1500 species
Long-horned Bee - Male Long-horned bees are often deceived by bee orchids. These flowers not only look like bees in shape, colour and size, they also emit pheromones to trick unsuspecting males into thinking they are a potential mate.
Orange-tailed Mining Bee - Mining bees get their name from their nesting habits of digging tunnels underground which can be up to 40cm deep.
Red Mason Bee - Rather than collecting pollen and transporting it on their legs like other bees, females collect pollen in hairs on the undersides of their abdomen, in a structure known as a pollen brush. When the pollen brush is full, the underside of the bee can look very bright and vibrant.
Small Scissor Bee - The UK’s smallest bee. The females mainly collect pollen from bellflowers and nest inside woodworm holes in dead wood. The males sleep inside flowers.
Cuckoo Tawny Mining Bee - This large bee-fly is known a parasitoid of Tawny mining bees. The lookalike fly hovers in front of an open nest cavity and flicks its eggs inside with great precision and skill. Its offspring will hatch in the nest and consume the stored pollen, as well as the young solitary bees inside the nest!
Tree Bumble Bee - Tree bumble bees nest in tree holes and other suitable structures, including empty bird boxes, and prefer habitats that others do not, allowing them to pollinate flowers in areas that many other species do not get to.
Green Metallic Bee - The most beautiful bee in the insect kingdom, they are jewel-like with metallic green heads and thoraxes and striped abdomens.
White Tail Bumble Bee - Compared to other bumblebee species, White Tail Bumble Bees have shorter tongues, and this characteristic enables them to rob nectar.
Wallace`s Giant Bee - The world’s largest bee, as long as an adults thumb. They make their nests in termite mounds, which might explain why they are so rarely sighted. They were spotted for the first time in almost 40 years in 2019.
So what are we doing for the bees?
They are a proud supporter of 1% for the Planet via which we donate revenue from every bottle of Avallen sold to a series of charities around the world that are championing the protection of bees, the restoration of their habitats, and the ban of harmful neonicotinoids.
Their first goal is to plant 10,000 flowering plants by 2022 thanks to their amazing flower-powered Beeboms as well as restoring wild meadows at the distillery in Normandy!
TRANSPARENCY & PROVENANCE
From blossom to bottle, they examine every aspect of their process, challenging themselves and their industry to “BEE MORE” – more than a refreshing drink, more than a great cause, more than a neutral impact.
Thanks so much for the support for the sale Avallen, I'm so pleased with the Calvados, such a brilliant company I have really enjoyed learning about what you do and how special your Calvados is. Also lovely (and important) to have brands uniting and supporting this sale.
The St Mungos Online Sale on www.independentboutique.com will run until midnight on the 21st November.
All profits will go to St Mungo's.
Thanks again for your support.