Much like with individual grape varieties and wine, each cider apple variety brings its own characteristics to the juice and hence the cider from it. Some apples are grown as bitter-sharp, or bitter-sweet, with varying levels of sweetness and acidity.
A single variety craft cider is cider at its most stripped back - often ciders are made from blending several varieties, or indeed mixed from orchards at harvest time. There is nowhere to hide with a single variety, so you get all its unique characteristics.
Here we have tasted and selected 6 quite different single variety ciders:
Perry's Tremlett 5.9% Dry - Somerset
George says it's some of the best Tremletts they've made this year, it's a Heavy hitter when it comes to tannins, producing a very distinctive full bodied cider.
Apple County Browns 6% Medium Dry - Monmouthshire
A new releases in 2020 by Ben and his team in the lovely Monnow Valley, in rural South Wales. A single variety special, made only from 100% Browns apples, this fruity cider hits all the right notes, refreshingly tangy, crisp and clean
Dunkerton's Breakwell's Seedling 7.5% Medium Dry - Herefordshire
A fragrant and fruity sparkling medium dry cider made exclusively from the Breakwells seedling apple. This apple was first discovered over a century ago at Perthyre Farm, Monmouth. Because of its delicious flavour, farmer George Breakwell propagated the seedling and it was later planted in many Herefordshire orchards, including our own.
Hecks' Kingston Black 6.5% Medium - Somerset
The Kingston Black is a very dark red skinned apple that arose in Somerset in the late 19th Century and produces a cider that is classic in appearance, taste and strength. It is copper coloured, rounded, almost velvety in texture and is full of flavour.
Harry's Dabinett 4.5% Medium - Somerset
A single variety apple that is fermented and then back sweetened with juice. Big fruity aroma and flavours, very silky on the palate with a soft tannic finish.
Sheppy's Redstreak 4% Medium Sweet - Somerset
Redstreak is a delicious single variety cider with character. The modest ABV of this product makes this ideal for long lazy summer days, festivals and social occasions.
Supplied as 6 x 500ml bottles.