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Thistly Cross Cider

Born out of a passion for making cider in the best possible way, combined with belief in the quality of Scottish produce, and asking ‘why not?’, came Thistly Cross Cider, Scotland’s award winning farmhouse ciders. Established as a collaboration between farmer, Ian Rennie, and artist-turned-cidermaker, Peter Stuart, in 2008, Thistly Cross has gained a reputation for making ciders that people rave about.

Based at the Cider Shed just outside Dunbar, in the heart of the East Lothian countryside, we’re involved in every aspect of making our award-winning Scottish farmhouse cider. From pressing the Scottish apples and strawberries, to achieving the smooth, balanced Thistly Cross flavour by fermenting with Champagne yeast then maturing for six months; we’re invested at every step of the cider-making process, from apple to cider.

Things at Thistly Cross are always growing and improving; we’re beginning to shape the company Peter and Ian dreamed of when standing in the driving rain at the Farmers Markets imploring people to just give our cider a chance. It was the best market research money couldn’t buy. We’re still small but growing fast, always aiming high but keeping our core values at heart; quality is never compromised.

Thistly Cross Cider

Traditional

Range:Core
Style:Traditional Cider
ABV:4,4%
Format:330ml bottle, 500ml bottle, 5L Cider Box, 20L Cider Box, 30L keg
Tasting Note:A bright golden easy drinking cider. A real thirst quencher for those rare sunny days. Thistly Cross Traditional boasts the same great flavour as Original but at a slightly lower ABV making it the perfect Summer Session cider!

Thistly Cross Cider

Original

Range:Core
Style:Original Cider
ABV:6,2%
Format:330ml bottle, 500ml bottle, 5L Cider Box, 20L Cider Box, 30L keg
Tasting Note:The original cider from Scotland’s first dedicated Cidermaker – this is where it all began. This premium Farmhouse drink is carefully handcrafted in small batches with local fruit to produce a refreshing and well balanced cider that will change your perception of cider forever.

Thistly Cross Cider

Whisky Cask

Range:Core
Style:Whisky Cask Cider
ABV:6,9%
Format:330ml bottle, 500ml bottle, 5L Cider Box, 20L Cider Box, 30L keg
Tasting Note:Cider is matured in Whisky Casks from Glen Moray Distillery. Just enough time passes for the cider to absorb the distinctive tones of the oak and Highland single malt.

Thistly Cross Cider

Real Ginger

Range:Core
Style:Herbed / Spiced Cider
ABV:4%
Format:330ml bottle, 500ml bottle, 5L Cider Box, 20L Cider Box, 30L keg
Tasting Note:Packed full of real ginger goodness. We infuse fresh root ginger in a medium sweet cider, then hand press it on our apple press to capture all the natural aromas and flavours. This creates a well-balanced, full-bodied and refreshing cider, which should unite ginger lovers the world over!

Thistly Cross Cider

Real Strawberry

Range:Core
Style:Real Strawberry Cider
ABV:4%
Format:330ml bottle, 500ml bottle, 5L Cider Box, 20L Cider Box, 30L keg
Tasting Note:Our first fruit cider, made with Scottish strawberries, grown on Belhaven Fruit Farm and hand-pressed on our apple press.

Thistly Cross Cider

Elderflower

Range:Core
Style:Elderflower Cider
ABV:4%
Format:330ml bottle, 500ml bottle, 5L Cider Box, 20L Cider Box, 30L keg
Tasting Note:To make this cider, we begin by creating a giant cup of Elderflower tea. Our farmhouse cider is then spiked with this elderflower brew to open up a new world of possibilities.

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