Thistly Cross & The Honours

At Thistly Cross Cider, we’re proud of using great ingredients, and are always up for interesting collaborations! So we’re thrilled to bring you our latest – a chance for all you fine-food-loving Thistly fans out there, to enjoy a fantastic culinary experience, combining drinking our award-winning ciders alongside creative and inventive paired dishes in a specially created tasting menu at Edinburgh restaurant,The Honours.

A dining experience like no other, it has been created by award-winning chef Martin Wishart.

Known for his 2 Michelin-starred restaurants and love of local Scottish ingredients, this event on 1st November is going to be foodie (and cider) heaven.

There’s even a welcome Thistly drink on arrival.

So here’s what you can you expect (we’re personally looking forward to the heavenly pairing of Thistly Elderflower with Lemon Tart):

Tickets for this cider + culinary collaboration cost £45 per person, available here.

Further info, contact The Honours, tel: 0131 220 2513 or email – info@thehonours.co.uk

Look forward to seeing you there!

Thistly Cross launches first ever Up Helly Aa Cider

Thistly has teamed up with Shetland & Orkney wholesaler J.W. Gray to develop and distribute the 1st ever Up Helly Aa Cider for the 2017 Fire Festival season!

Due to be formally launched at Lerwick’s Grand Hotel in Shetland on 30th and 31st Jan, this new special edition will be on sale in local pubs & shops through J.W. Gray. It’s a 5.5%, pale golden, smooth, still cider, with an initially light apple taste which develops into a slightly dry finish. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, it is also gluten-free.

The launch will be further enhanced with tastings on board Northlink ferries. These are currently scheduled for Viking ships MV Hrossey and MV Hjaltland on 29th Jan and 2nd Feb, as our very own Thistly Orcadian Luke travels to support Up Helly Aa and introduce Thistly’s newest special edition to both residents and visitors.

Northlink has a handy guide to Up Helly Aa here with links to the full timetable of events if you’re interested in what actually happens leading up to the galley burning: http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/uphellyaa/

The idea for the cider came via our friendship with Lerwick’s Up Helly Aa 2017 Guizer Jarl, Lyall Gair (pictured below), who has loved Thistly since the beginning. He’s helped us spread the word about Thistly Cross at many shows across the UK whilst sharing his excellent keg-handling skills. When he told us he was Guizer Jarl, Thistly was keen to return the cider karma, and it seemed like a good way to to honour our great friend. It’s also been good to build on our relationship with J.W. Gray.

Iain Johnston, Director of  J.W. Gray & Co said: “We were delighted to support Thistly Cross with this fantastic tasting Scottish Craft cider. At Gray’s we strive to introduce new and exciting products into the Shetland and Orkney marketplace, and have been overwhelmed by the response we’ve received from the trade. Locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy this product at most venues during Up Helly Aa”.

Thistly’s Up Helly Aa cider will be available at Up Helly Aa, and most of the Fire Festivals (dates below) in cider-boxes through JW Gray (tel: 01595 693749), and also to the public through local pubs and good local shops throughout Shetland.

Fire Festival Season Dates

Up Helly Aa (Lerwick) – Tues 31st Jan
Nesting & Girlsta – Fri 10th Feb
Uyeasound – Fri 10th Feb
Northmavine – Fri 17th Feb
Bressay – Fri 24th Feb
Cullivoe – Fri 24th Feb
Norwick – Sat 25th Feb
Walls Junior – Fri 3rd Mar
South Mainland – Fri 10th Mar
Delting – Friday 17th Mar

 

Follow Thistly’s Up Helly Aa cider journey on social media using hashtag, #VikingThistly

Further info? Drop us an email: info@thistlycrosscider.co.uk or call us: 01368 863246.