Ian Rennie and Peter Stuart
East Lothian, Scotland
Born out of a passion for making cider in the best possible way, 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.
We take care over each step of the cider-making process; from pressing the apples and fermenting with the finest blend of Champagne yeasts, to maturing the cider for no less than 5 months to achieve that rounded, smooth Thistly Cross taste. We have the highest standards at every step of the process and compromise nothing for the taste that makes us so deliciously unique.
The Thistly Cross cider family consists of six hand-picked cider varieties, including summery Red cider- matured with Scottish strawberries and the complex Gold Whisky cider. Our Elderflower-pressed Cider at 0.5% proves to be quite a talking point but it is the Original Farmhouse cider at 7.2% that is loved across the board.
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 give it a shot. It was the best market research money couldn’t buy. Now, three years on we’re still small but growing fast, still aiming high but keeping our core values; quality is never compromised. We hope you find that the quality of cider matches our passion.