After reading the forum, I now know I’m not the first (nor the last) to
have arrived at the crazy notion that one day it might be nice to be
able to make cider from apples grown in my own garden orchard (either in
whole or in part).
By next spring I will have three cider specific apple trees planted:
Dabinet, Marechal, and Hewes. It will be some time before these
varieties fruit. While I wait I thought I would attempt making cider
using purchased apples.
My initial thought is to develop my skills (which are nil) and get an
idea of tastes certain ‘common’ varieties provide before blending and
working with cider varieties that are more or less unknown to me. I mean
you have to start somewhere, correct?
So what varieties would you recommend I try? I live in Ontario. As such
I have access to all the usual north-eastern North American varieties.
One popular variety for commercial cideries would appear to be the
Northern Spy but are their others that would be worth pressing.
Thanks for sharing.