Hip Hooray – Whisky Cask Cider Makes it to the USA!

It’s been a trying time navigating the nuts and bolts of the US import system but we’ve done it – Thistly Cross’ whisky cask cider has made it stateside.

First off, massive thanks to our collaborator and Scots-born cidermaker friend across the water, Bruce Wright, who with the Koan Family from Almar Orchards, Flushing Meadows, Michigan, make JK Scrumpy and are guardians of Thistly Cross in the US of A. Bruce has been instrumental in bringing whisky cask cider to the states as well as joining up smaller producers to beat ‘the big boys’ so raise a glass in his honour!

Now after traveling the Atlantic for two and a half weeks by boat and spending four days in customs, whisky cask cider is finally ready to make itself at home in your glass and become friends with your palette.

Matured for six months in oak casks from Glenglassaugh Distillery in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, our whisky cider makes for the perfect winter warmer, wherever you are in the world.

Infact, 2012 has been a great year for whisky cask cider.

First scooping ‘Best Specialty Cider’ at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Festival in Michigan and then being voted ‘4th best cider in the world’ by Paste Magazine, we truly thought it couldn’t get any better.

That was until we were crowned ‘Most Innovative New Product’ by our home county at the annual East Lothian Food and Drinks Awards.

Whisky cask will initially be available in 34 states via distributors such as Poppin Wine in Washington DC, Speciality Imports in Alaska, Geyser Beverage Co and Mussetter Distributing, both in California.

You’ll also be able to get your mitts on Thistly Cross in outlets such as Hope General Stores in Maine, Bushwacker Cider in Portland and Whole Foods across the USA.

As ever, we need your help when it comes to cider sleuthing – helping us and other Thistly fans to find out when you can purchase our ciders.

You can let us know via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – simply snap a picture of yourself and your bottle of whisky cask cider (or any of our ciders for that matter), remembering to use the hashtag ‘#thistlycrosscider’ so we can repost!

In the meantime, here’s a video from Bruce and the lovely folks at Bushwacker cider sending us a video message from across the pond.

Message from Bruce and Bushwacker