Thistly Cross has launched 'first of their kind' cider liqueurs in Scotland - just in time for Christmas

The Scottish cider makers have launched two new liqueurs.

Published 6th Nov 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Just in time for Christmas, Dunbar’s Thistly Cross Cider has launched two new cider liqueurs, that that team say are the first of their kind in Scotland.

The initial release is just 600 bottles of each flavour, available for free UK-wide home delivery from Thistly Cross’s website.

Both liqueurs are blended with the cidermaker’s real fruit, slow-fermented ciders, which are matured for at least six months for a rich, authentically fruity flavour and smooth finish.

The Thistly Cross liqueurs

The two liqueurs are traditional and Scottish fruits.

Traditional Cider Liqueur is blended with Thistly Cross apple cider, with an abv of 20%.

It’s a warming, golden apple cider liqueur, that can be sipped on its own or lengthened with ginger ale or Thistly Cross Ginger Cider to dial up the fiery undertones.

The Scottish Fruits Cider Liqueur is blended with the new Thistly Cross Scottish Fruits cider, a combination of real British elderflowers, blackcurrants, strawberries and apple cider.

At 20% abv it, again can be drunk on its own, or can be lengthened with elderflower pressé or Thistly Cross Elderflower Cider.

Thistly Cross founder Peter Stuart, said:  “What we deliver with Thistly Cross cider is naturally sweet deliciousness from real fruit.

"It’s exciting to bring that expertise to the liqueurs category, which often heroes sweet fruitiness, and deliver that in an original, authentic way using cider as the base."

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Both liqueurs come in 50cl bottles within a presentation box, and are available to order now online, priced £28.75.

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