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Brandy very appealing initially, as cold unfortunately outside (8)

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I believe the answer is:

calvados

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Here is my best explanation:

'brandy' is the definition.
(Calvados is an example)

'very appealing initially as cold unfortunately outside' is the wordplay.
'initially' suggests taking the first letters.
'unfortunately' indicates anagramming the letters.
'outside' is an insertion indicator.
The initial letters of 'very appealing' is 'va'.
'as'+'cold'='ascold'
'ascold' is an anagram of 'caldos'.
'va' inserted within 'caldos' is 'CALVADOS'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for calvados that I've seen before include "drink", "Drink", "Vocal ads (anag) - apple brandy", "Apple brandy", "A brandy", "Brandy distilled from apple cider", "Type of apple brandy" and "area near Caen".)

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