We chose a wide variety of different cider apples across the sweet, sharp and bittersweet spectrum. The popular Kingston Black and Black Dabinett are the most common joined by those with distinctive names such as Slack Ma’ girdle. The wide range of apples will allow us to make both single and blended varieties of cider.
This vintage quality cider apple will make single variety cider. This cider apple tree was originally discovered at Kingsbury Episcopi in Somerset. The cider apple will provide a bittersweet taste.
Brown’s. This vintage cider apple also known as ‘Brown’s apple’ has a sharp quality which makes it good for tasty juice, the sharpness also means you can make single variety cider. The fruit itself will drop from the tree when ripe, making it a low maintenance variety. Brown’s is a variety from the South West, found in Totnes, Devon.
This cider apple tree produces mild, bittersharp fruit that can also be cooked to a fruity gold puree; making it perfect for apple sauce. It is a vigorous variety of apple tree that produces attractive pink blossom. As a variety it is disease resistant making it good for organic growing. Camelot was discovered in Somerset in the 19th century.
Fair Maid Of Devon Fair Maid of Devon is a cider apple that produces vintage quality, sharp cider. The apple tree is disease resistant and compact, making it good for organic growing in small spaces. As the name suggests this variety originated from Devon.
Foxwhelp is one of the oldest surviving English cider apple varieties. An early vintage bittersharp cider variety, it’s skin is deep crimson with yellow stripes and slight russetting. It originates from Herefordshire, pre 1660s.
King Of The Pippins
This tree produces a golden apple that is juicy, crisp and nutty with plenty of acidity. A great all-round apple, King of the Pippins was introduced during the 19th century and quickly gained popularity as it is also suitable for making cider. The apple is similar to a Cox’s Orange Pippin in flavour but is more resistant to apple scab and therefore easier to grow.
This apple tree boasts one of the most popular vintage cider apples. Bittersharp and dark maroon in colour, the fruit translates into a full bodied and distinctive cider. It originated in Taunton during the 19th century.
Michelin. This cider apple tree has gained popularity due to it’s ability to a very reliable, heavy crop.The fruit produces a medium bittersweet cider and is also suitable for juice making. Originated in France during the 19th century.
Northwood is a sweet cider apple tree. The apples are coloured yellowish-green and flushed red, with the resulting cider sweet, soft and fruity. The trees are vigerous growers and good croppers, for us cider makers, a reliable crop is very important.
The variety originates from Crediton in Devon and is also known as ‘Woodbine’.
Slack Ma’ Girdle
‘Slack ma Girdle’ is an old variety of apple tree with Devonshire origins. It grows a sweet greenish yellow, crimson streaked fruit that most commonly used for cider making and will produce a sweet cider.
‘Somerset Redstreak’ produces a redstripped fruit that translates into a popular medium bitter-sweet cider. Redstreaks are bred to be improved cider varieties, meaning you can expect a higher than normal yield and desease resistance.
This cider apple tree has Somerset origins.
Tremlett’s Bitter ‘Tremlett’s Bitter’ is a cider variety that produces a full bodied bittersweet cider from it’s deep red conical fruit.
The tree itself is particularly frost tolerent, a moderately vigerous grower and a heavy cropper, it also grows very upright when compared to most other apple trees and drops it’s fruit from the tree once they have fully ripened. These qualities all make it very well suited to growing in modern cider orchards.
Originates from the Exe Valley during the 19th century.