Willow Blue is "English Willow" (Salix Alba Caerulea) and the progeny dates back to 1902. This means it retains the original characteristic of the progeny, that other bat makers have not seen or used and nor do they understand the unique qualities of the timber grown in the Southern Hemisphere.
Willow Blue timber comes from our farm near Sale, from Strzelecki Ranges near Mirboo and from the MacLaren Plantation on the Yarra River and Watts River flats perfect for growing cricket bat willow. In particular timber that has colour and butterfly stain. Selecting timber with colour is your guaranteed the bat will hold tremendous rebound qualities meaning value for stroke splay.
We call our English Willow, "Blue Willow" because our willow is grown in the Southern Hemisphere provide so many environmental and socio-economic and playing benefits that we wanted to put some distance between our product and that of our competitors.
So we have turned the wording around and called it "Willow Blue".
What makes the best bats?
Everyone has an opinion and many who make or sticker them claim to have the best bats from the finest selected English Willow
As if any timber merchant would favour one bat maker over another. The fact is, most merchants can only guarantee 15% of any Shipment to be of first grade timber otherwise their would not be an industry. There will be at a minimum 4 different grades from a tree. The wider grain will be from a fast growing tree or the base of a tree and as you go up the trunk the grain narrows and we get different grades.
So you can be certain... as a cricketer who must pay for his or her bat, you would would be very lucky to find timber that would be made available to the elite or sponsored players... so when it comes to the "Aesthetics" of a bat that is a personal choice?