Once upon a tree kingston redstreak cider
Like any self-respecting farm shop, the one at Milletts had a good selection of ciders and I picked up a bottle of Once upon a tree’s 2013 Kingston Redstreak cider
Apparently Herefordshire Cider is now a PGI (that is ‘Protected Geographical Indication’, like Champagne) product. And this is clearly aimed at the premium end of the market. Indeed it is a little pricey at about a fiver for a 750ml bottle.
The bottle is clear glass with a screwtop and a pleasant enough label which mentions that Once upon a tree won Best Drinks Producer in Radio 4’s Food and Farming awards in 2012-2013.
The cider is a deep reddish amber. Its flat with just a touch of carbonation when I pour. Kingston Black can be a pretty sharp apple, but this is nicely blended out with the bittersweet SomerSet redstreaks to make a nice rounded medium dry cider. It has a bit of a kick at 7% ABV. On the palate it starts out like a typical medium dry, but after that there is a bit of Kingston Black astringency, which develops into a mellow, slightly spicy aftertaste with a bit of acidity.
Drinking a glass of this on a warm day was refreshing, but I think the full body and slightly spicy taste would be just as well suited to warming one up on a cold autumn evening.
2015-07-12 by Charlie Harvey