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Abstinence Distillation Process


Our Distilling Process

Distillation is a method of extraction and separation of components based on different boiling points —a process by which you capture flavour.

Our proprietary, artisanal hydro distillation process is remarkably similar to making craft spirits. The botanicals are extracted by maceration and infusion and distilled with the same distilling equipment that you would use for any other spirit — we just don’t use any alcohol in our process. The result is that there is no need to strip our products of alcohol after the production.

This not only protects the integrity of our botanicals, it also means that we are a zero-alcohol product. The lack of alcohol as extraction medium requires that even more of each of the botanicals are needed to end up with the desired extraction levels. Testament of our commitment to making superior products that cuts no corners and requires the same, if not more, love and attention as its alcoholic counterparts.

Our Botanicals

Each of our spirit variants has its own distinctive selection of botanicals and flavour profiles and is inspired by the incredible biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom and its people. A distinct, indigenous hero ingredient shines through for each respective variant, providing unmistakeable South African authenticity to each respective liquid.

  • The Cape Fynbos showcases Rose Geranium as the hero.
  • The Cape Citrus with Buchu and Western Cape Citrus.
  • The Cape Spice by way of a medley of Spices and Honeybush.
  • The Blood Orange Aperitif includes African Wormwood.
  • The Lemon & Buchu Aperitif features Buchu, Aloe and African Wormwood
  • The Epiloque X features Honeybush

Abstinence Botanicals

Our Distiller

Our distiller is the multi-talented and serially creative James. Internationally renowned electronic DJ-turned family man and full-time distiller. James has always had a fascination with the alchemy inherent in the creation of intricately crafted, superior quality products. Liquid excellence is the only language James speaks, a pursuit of excellence that is confirmed by the string of awards in the ABSTINENCE trophy cabinet.

Abstinence Spirits Distiller