Thistly Cross, ELN, UK

picture of Thistly Cross Whisky Cask submitted by ThomasM
picture of Thistly Cross Whisky Cask submitted by ThomasM

Whisky Cask

ABV: 6.7%
500 ml serving:

English style cider. Semi-sweet, smooth tasting, with mild fruit taste.

Taste Properties


reviewer cidersays
cidersays (5160) said:
Sweet. Very smooth moderate barrel aged flavor without bitterness and lots of vanilla notes. Runs $7-8 / 500ml bottle in my area. Their website has a great user-submitted list of places to buy their ciders by country & state. Their "Traditional" variety is pretty similar, but Whisky Cask has more kick (ABV) and whisky barrel aged flavor. I've only seen Traditional, Whisky Cask, & Ginger so far, but they offer many other varieties.
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2015
reviewer Kavi
Kavi (164) said:
Light golden Colour with good apple-vanilla hint. Relatively high carbonation while filling in the glass which flows down rapidly. Strong apple taste with an interesting aftertaste which gives a combination out of honey and vanilla. You feel processing within oak barrels there which is pretty nice. After a (short) while the taste goes down. For the alcohol taste the same. Not my favorite for a tasting, but also not bad. Tbh lives from the interesting backstory about that Cider but there is still room for improvement. Would give a solid 3,5.
Reviewed on 02 Dec 2022
reviewer TimothyHoward
TimothyHoward (485) said:
Please note: this is a review for the bag in the box variant served in pubs. Goes down smoothly. A little plain in flavour but still delicious. Has a slight chemical taste but is so clean that it's hardly noticeable. A good cider if it's the only one a pub has.
Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019

reviewer danlo
danlo (1225) said:
500ml bottle. Clear yellow gold colour, bubbly white head that dissipates away, and aroma of honey & sourish apple. Taste is sweet, honey, toffee, fruity, plus hints of wood & whisky, along with sour apple notes. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, medium bodied, low carbonation, dryish & sweet appley finish. Quite drinkable.
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2017
reviewer cidrtikmick
cidrtikmick (1653) said:
Somewhat sweet for me but pleasant honey/whisky taste. Curiously, on websites bag-in-box more expensive than Old Rosie or (Gywnt Y Draig) Black Dragon, yet local Wetherspoons sell it considerably cheaper. Maybe they get a special price due to their size?
Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020
reviewer JaneWorlock
JaneWorlock (43) said:
This is the most amazing cider ever. Very smooth, deceptively strong though.
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

reviewer dunadan
dunadan (256) said:
Refreshing, not overpoweringly sweet, smooth finish, very drinkable. Slight funkiness takes off one star for me.
Reviewed on 20 Jun 2019
reviewer Judge
Judge (19013) said:
Updated since I had the still version! Nice sweetness from the whisky barrel. Nice bit of vanilla flavour!
Reviewed on 24 Dec 2018

reviewer BushWalker
BushWalker (13101) said:
The taste profile is typical of the crisp, smooth ciders in which Thistly Cross specialise, but this has an added complexity from the whisky cask ageing. Slightly drier than the Original and Traditional varieties, this is the strongest of the current Thistly Cross offerings. Comes in a 330 ml bottle.
Reviewed on 15 Jul 2017

reviewer Reena
Reena (659) said:
Semi-sweet and smooth. Definitely having it again!
Reviewed on 10 Aug 2016
reviewer ThomasM
ThomasM (926) said:
Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Scottish Cider (6.7% ABV, 500ml). This has been matured in old Glenglassaugh or Glen Moray barrels (sources differ on this) for 6 months. It's the updated version, from the former 6.9% bottle, and they added "Scottish" to the name. 😉 The colour is pale clear yellow. The whisky cask maturation is immediately obvious from the vanilla, oak, and cinnamon in the nose, pushing musty apples into the background. On the palate, dried apples dominate, but the whisky notes from before definitely there, and become more prominent later. Semi-sweet, but still slightly tart. Oak and tannins in the finish for a brief bittersweet moment, before again the vanilla from the barrels and the dried apples dominate the long aftertaste. The barrel maturation definitely adds depth to this cider, and if you don't mind the sweetness, it's very good indeed - and not too heavy, all things considered. 8/10.
Reviewed on 19 Oct 2023
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reviewer KariB
KariB (11006) said:
Clear pale gold pour with mild carbonation. Strong aroma that reveals hints of apple, whisky, oak, and honey. Taste is lightly tart and semi-sweet with a buttery smoothness. Can taste flavors of light oak, honey, and tart apple on the finish.
Reviewed on 09 Nov 2018
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