The Kingston Black apple variety is well known for its perfect balance of richness, acidity and tannin. Tom and Lydia at Artistraw have used fruit from three orchards, ranging from 15 to 60+ years in age, and they each bring something different to this cider. The apples were picked by hand and fermented as a Pet Nat, where the fermentation finishes in the bottle for a naturally sparkling drink, and no additives at all were used. The result is rich in flavour but easy drinking, with just a touch of sparkle. Enjoy as it is or pair it with cheese.


New cidermakers Tom & Lydia are committed environmentalists and passionate about making natural cider completely without additives. They live in the Golden Valley, just outside Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh border, where they grow all their own food according to permaculture principles, and are currently in the process of planting their own orchard. While the orchard is growing they source all their fruit from unsprayed traditional orchards in their local area.

Artistraw - Kingston Black 2019

  • Name Kingston Black
    Producer Artistraw
    Style Medium sweet cider (very gently sparkling - Pet Nat)
    Country UK
    Region Cidery - Clifford, Herefordshire. Orchards - Herefordshire & Powys, Wales
    Vintage 2019
    Varieties 100% Kingston Black
    ABV % 6
    SO2 None added
    Production Not certified (but from unsprayed, traditional standard orchards) Natural fermentation. Unfined. Unfiltered. Unpasteurised. Vegan. Naturally sparkling.