Favorite? Winesap, although the first taste of Hunt Russet caught me by surprise. I dug that li’l tree up last year, nearly killed it and can’t let it grow fruit this year (well, maybe one.) If it is consistent Winesap may be bumped to #2.
Karmijn de Sonnaville grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go. Wow, but it was grown right next to a large body of water (Columbia River) and I doubt it can handle the very low humidity here in town, so won’t even attempt it. (Reputedly cracks.)
I love Redfield, used any way I can except eaten in hand. Claygate Pearmain was amazing fresh. I hope it will prove consistent. Am waiting to try Lamb Abbey Pearmain, which whip might get to a size next year to bloom and offer a sample fruit.
Pink Pearl was a delight, fresh and baked. Must learn if it can repeat that in this area.
Bardsey is always welcome. Its lemon taste and juiciness is consistent, even when its bloom time & harvest are all over the map. BTW, in its 8th leaf (on EMLA 26!) it will finally bloom all over this season - a matter of days from now.
Wickson is amazing Way Out West; must be half the acid I hear about Back East. Hope to get that started in a new orchard soon.
Empire may be my favorite among mainstream types - far more than the sum of its parts, being a cross of McIntosh & Delicious. That’s been a winner year by year. (Someone else grows it.)
I’ve written before that Beacon came through with floral bits - sweet allysum & lilac, & Macoun laden with vanilla. (Both from the U-Pick where I got KdS.) They changed my attitude toward sweet apples. Might get them started in the new orchard next year.
This year will provide a batch of Edelborsdorfer, which had surprising acid to offset 14 Brix last year, not seeming to be sweet, while picked weeks too late. This year I may begin trying it September first and every three days afterward to see what it does. Supposed to have a spicy component - sounds good to me.
So many to wait for: LAP, Connell (debut bloom coming up), Rosemary Russet, Goldrush. Then there are the grafts awaiting results, too many to be worth listing.
Ah, the possibilities!