The juice of handpicked, late harvested apples from the company’s Dragon Orchard is frozen and gently thawed in a process of cryo-concentration. This involves the first third of the thawed juice bing tapped off and used to make the cider, the remaining water, as ice, is discarded. This concentrated juice is fermented using Champagne-style yeast to 7% ABV, which takes 3 to 4 months.
Dragon Orchard is located in the heart of apple growing countryside in Herefordshire and has been in the family since 1887. It benefits from fertile Herefordshire clay and loam soils and is protected from harsh winds by the surrounding hills. It’s an accredited LEAF farm (Linking Environment and Farming) and the farmhouse has been awarded for its sustainability.
Once Upon A Tree Blenheim Superb Ice Cider is gluten free and vegetarian and vegan friendly.
A tart apple and honey nose with just a hint of spice. The viscous palate has concentrated flavours of apple, apricot, honey and spiced orange with incredible length to the finish. Intensely sweet, but perfectly balancing acidity to give a refreshing finish.
A wonderful treat with apple and pear desserts – tart tatin is divine, this is a cider that’s equally at home as a stunning accompaniment to pâtés and liver starters, citrus desserts, soft and creamy cheeses, or strong mature Cheddar, and classic Colton Basset Blue Stilton or Yorkshire Blue.