Scottish strawberries scoop salutations at world cider celebration

Six drinks by Thistly Cross won prizes at the World Cider Awards.

Scottish strawberries win best prize at World Cider Awards Thistly Cross

An East Lothian drinks maker has scooped six prizes at an international competition showcasing the world’s best ciders.

The Scottish strawberry cider, created by Thistly Cross, beat off the competition to win the title for World’s Best Rosé Cider at the World Cider Awards.

The firm was also awarded silver for its whisky cask cider, followed by Scottish fruits in third place receiving bronze in the UK’s Best Flavoured Cider category. 

Both of Thistly Cross’s Traditional and Original ciders were awarded in the UK’s Best Sparkling Cider category, with Silver and Bronze respectively, and the company’s new Thistly 0.5% low alcohol elderflower cider was awarded Silver in UK’s Best No & Low Alcohol.

Celebrating the win, Thistly Cross founder Peter Stuart, said: “We’re so proud of our range of real fruit ciders and it’s wonderful to see them top the World Cider Awards.

“We’re putting Scotland firmly on the World cidermaking map with Thistly deliciousness.”

The World Cider Awards take entries from around the world under internationally recognised cider styles.

Experts take part in the annual tasting, selecting, awarding and promoting cider-making.

Apple orchards were quite common in Scotland after first being planted hundreds of years ago.

Despite cider production seeing a decline there has been a resurgence in recent years.

There are now more than a dozen craft cidermakers across the country.

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