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Distillery produces ‘first’ Scottish cider brandy

A Scottish distillery has teamed up with a craft cider maker to produce what it claims is the first cider brandy made using Scottish apples.

Perthshire-based Strathearn Distillery and Dunbar-based craft cider maker Thistly Cross have produced the Scottish cider brand using Thistly Cross Cider, distilled and matured in virgin oak casks, which they believe to be the first of its kind from Scotland.

“Distilling cider was something I’d always been interested in, so I applied for a cider licence when I built the whisky distillery, just in case!” said Tony Reeman-Clark, founder of Strathearn Distillery

The first batch of Scottish cider brandy has been matured in virgin French and American oak casks, with the two companies hoping to emulate the success of Normandy’s Calvados – an apple cider brandy.

Just 200 bottles of the limited run brandy will be released, with two more casks ready to be bottled for a future release.

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