Apple Cider Orchards and Blends 2016
In addition to the following fresh apple ciders, we are sourcing a fresh local Pear Cider, which will be a blend of Bartlett, Bosc, and other varieties. All can be found on our convenient online order form.
New Hope, Bucks County, PA
From our local apple experts we receive monthly batches of cider blends that include varietals at their peak.
October Blend (2nd Week of October)
November Blend (2nd Week of November)
December Blend (2nd Week of December)
Granny Smith (TBD December) – (Baking, Cooking, Eating & Drying) – Lip-puckering tartness and green grape flavor IMAGE
Honey Crisp (Baking & Eating) – Crisp like the name and highly coveted.
Stayman Winesap (Baking , Eating & Cider) – Wine like and cinnamon notes.
Gala (Eating & Drying) – Aromatic and sharp.
Empire (Baking , Eating & Cider) – Sweet and versatile.
Sun Crisp (Cider) - Intense with good acidity.
Golden Delicious (Baking , Eating & Cider) – Honeyed and sweet.
Keepsake (Baking) – Sharp and harvested late.
Fuji (Eating) – Crispy, sweet and aromatic.
Braeburn (Baking , Eating & Cider) – Pear-like and very sharp/sweet.
Oswego, New York
The Torrice family has made their mark on the farming community in both New York and Pennsylvania for 30 years. Their specialty has always been nurturing the best apples for region.
Ida Red (October) – (Baking, Cider) – Tart but mild. IMAGE
Golden Russet (TBD November, December) – (Baking, Eating & Cider) – Versatile varietal that is both gently sweet and tart. IMAGE
Spy Blend (October-November) – Northern and Red Spy (Baking & Cider) are thin skinned but very crunchy and tart. IMAGE (Red) IMAGE (Northern)
Heirloom Blend (TBD) – A proprietary top-secret blend of heirloom varieties!
Lebanon, New Hampshire
If you love hard cider you’re probably familiar with Farnum Hill. Steve Wood is to cider what Fritz Maytag of Anchor Steam is to craft beer. We also offer his new book on home cider making.
November Blend (TBD November)
Past blends have included
Dabinett (Cider) – Popular in English and Farnum Hill Blends for its potency and astringency.
Yarlington Mill (Cider) – Traditional cider apple with mild tannins.
Chisel Jersey (Cider) – Bittersweet and astringent.
Ellis Bitter (Cider) – Bittersweet and low-acidity.
Ashton Bitter (Cider) – High sugar and medium tannin.
Ida Red (Baking, Cider) – Tart but mild.
Major (Cider) – Full bittersweet.
Golden Russet (Baking, Eating & Cider) – Versatile varietal that is both gently sweet and tart.
Wickson (Baking, Eating & Cider) – Spicy & Herbal. So acidic it has to be blended for cider making.
Esopus Spitzenberg (Baking, Eating & Cider) – More fruity and flowery than Wickson but just as acidic.