We just pressed some Dudley apples, smalls and rejects. Many had been stored awhile and took some judicious “pruning” before going in the chopper, but about half were fresher. Dudley is rather a tart apple though it does get more on the sweet side when riper. But it isn’t what I’d call a sweet apple even then. Yet to my surprise, the cider turned out to be quite sweet. I hadn’t expected that. It is a very good sweet cider and I was sorry later that I hadn’t swiped more fruit from the stored stash.
I’m wondering if others have experienced pressed juice being quite different than the flavor of the fresh apple? My previous cider experience has been almost exclusively with Beacon which makes a very good sweet cider as well, but it’s been awhile and I can’t recall how it compared flavor-wise with the fresh apples, or if I even noticed. I remember I liked it best after 2-4 days. I didn’t have enough Dudley cider that I wanted to experiment with it so canned it all right away.
Are there other sweet cider makes on the list?