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A single apple variety cider from Tasmania's Huon Valley

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Willie Smith's Kingston Black 2017 in orchard

Willie Smith's Kingston Black 2017 in orchard [©Willie Smith]

Willie Smith's Kingston Black 2017


Willie Smith's Cider continues their charge to bring to light true cider apple varieties and collaborate with a range of distillers and producers to create new and innovative premium Tasmanian ciders and spirits. The latest release, Black Beauty, shows off the world famous Black Kingston cider apple.

As Head Cider Maker, Dr Tim Jones says "Just like in the world of craft beer where you see many single hop editions, the Willie Smith’s cider making team have been able to develop very special complex and intense ciders using just one variety of apple.  As crop yields increase each year it has been especially rewarding to be able to introduce more Australian drinkers to the wonderful world of cider apples.”

Tasting notes: reflecting the varietal characteristics of the apple, this cider displays intensely lifted, fresh green apple and sherbet aromas. Apple fruit sweetness and spiced apple caramel notes give way to woody drying tannin and racy acidity. This results in a complex and concentrated cider that will develop in bottle.

The deep golden colour is a result of resting the cider apples between milling and pressing, allowing the tannins to oxidise and develop intense colour.

Food matching: This cider has a robust white wine style and works well matching with food.  One great dish example would be a crab apple slow braised pork knuckle with kohlrabi and pickled radish salad.

Packaging: 750ml bottle with cork

Alc/vol: 6.2%


Read more about Willie Smith's Black Beauty here »

See links below for more information on Willie Smith's and their craft ciders. 


  • Huon and Channel (TAS)

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