Once Upon A Tree is one of Herefordshire’s newer cider producers with a history of less than a decade. Founded in 2008, Once Upon A Tree combines the orchard talents of Ann & Norman Stanier with the wine making talents of Simon Day and his wife Hannah. The Stanier family farm has been producing apples and other fruit for over 90 years from their Dragon Orchard. Norman and Ann have been running the family orchard since 1993. Their orchards are ideally situated to produce of full ripeness and interesting character. Simon Day saw the potential of the apples to produce unique character ciders and juice and decided to leave the wine world to join England’s heritage cider community.
Kingston Redstreak combines two of England’s more renowned cider apples: Kingston Black and Somerset Redstreak.
Appearance: Light gold.
Aroma: Fruity, melons, berries, honeydew, lightly earthy, hint of caramel, juicy fruit, bitter apple, perfume-y.
Taste: Medium- tannins, medium- acidity, medium astringency.
Overall Impression: Once Upon A Tree’s Kingston Redstreak is very balanced. It’s super fruity character makes it a very approachable cider for someone not used to the more eccentric of England’s ciders. While not on the funky side of English ciders, its fruitiness brings a nice complexity and creates a very enjoyable cider for both neophytes and experienced English cider fans.
CO2 Levels: Still
Geography: Herefordshire, England
Apples: Kingston Black & Somerset Redstreak
Availability: Imported by Shacksbury Ciders, look for it in states where Shacksbury is sold.