Single Varietals

Single Varietals #2 - April 2023

Regular price £28.00
As the blossom appears, our attention turns to the orchard – so for this month’s case we’re focusing on the one and only ingredient of all proper cider - apples! We've picked six great single-varietal ciders for you to try. See what differences you can tell between them and find out if you have a favourite cider apple!

* Cider can be made from dozens of different types of apple and they each bring their own unique characteristics to the finished product. Most cider is blended from a number of different apples but some varieties are good enough to be used on their own and these are used to make single-varietal ciders.

Barleywood ‘Morgan Sweet’ (6.7%)
Morgan Sweet is unusual in that it crosses the line between cider apple and eating apple. Being more like an eating apple, it is the earliest cider apple of the season and is often ready for picking as early as late August. It produces a light, refreshing, easy-drinking cider.

Bere ‘Dabinett’ (6%)
Discovered in the 1900s, Dabinett is a classic late season variety and has become one of the most popular cider apples around. It is bitter-sweet which means that it has high levels of tannin and low acidity and this makes it very good for use in a blend or as a single-varietal.

Hecks ‘Browns’ (6%)
Browns is a ‘sharp’ apple which sounds like a negative thing but it’s not! It is more like an eating apple in that is has relatively high levels of acidity but not much tannin. Again, this makes it very good for use in a blend but it also has enough complexity to be used on its own.

Rich’s ‘Yarlington’ (6.7%)
Yarlington Mill is another classic bitter-sweet cider apple and it is revered by many cider makers as their favourite apple. This is both because of its favourable growing characteristics and for the excellent quality of cider it produces.

Sheppy’s ‘Kingston Black’ (6.5%)
Kingston Black is possibly the best-known cider apple but is different to some of the other apples above in that it is bitter-sharp, which means that it has high levels of tannin and high acidity. This produces a very distinctive cider that is highly prized in cider circles.

Axminster ‘Dabinett & Sweet Coppin’ (5.5%)
Okay so the last one is a bit of a cheat because it contains two types of apple! We’ve included it because we really like the way that two ‘perfectly paired’ varieties are used. A small quantity of Sweet Coppin is added to compliment the Dabinett to very good effect.

We hope that you enjoy this month’s selection. Watch out for our May case and if you haven’t done so already why not subscribe to get 15-20% off the individual case price.
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Bristol Cider Shop is the original independent cider shop in the UK, founded in 2010, to provide a range of craft ciders to both cider-loving and cider-curious Bristolians. Whilst some of the early history may be a bit hazy, due to a whirlwind of product tastings, having fun and learning about good (and bad) cider, the business moved online in 2011, to spread the word even wider. From the original shop, via the foodie hub of Harbourside, in 2020 we decided to focus online, to make proper cider available across the land. Along the way we were honoured to be awarded UK Independent Cider Retailer of the Year 2015 and 2018.

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