While the majority of ciders out there are blends of many different apples to create a more complex cider, there are several varieties of apples that have been used both in the United states as well as in Europe to make a "Single Variety" cider. On our homestead we are currently growing a few varieties that are hard to find (in California) and are considered to be very good for single variety ciders.
Currently in trials
The Newtown Pippin is one of the oldest varieties of apples grown in the United States. It was considered to be one of the finest apples anywhere by some of this countries four fathers.
We currently have several batches of Newtown Pippin ciders fermenting to try and find a yeast that will bring out the best in this single variety cider. This will likely be one of the ciders we sell in our first year of commercial production.
This is the short list of single variety ciders we plan on producing in time. most of these ciders will be from our homestead trees to start with so they will be a few years before we are producing them and they will only be available to the people that have been members of our cider club the longest.
Considered to be one of the finest english cider apples. This variety of apple is finicky to say the least, but if you can get it to grow and produce fruit it is well worth the trouble. It will be interesting to see what the California climate and soil will produce with this apple.
The Dabinett is one of the most commonly used Bittersweet english cider apple. This is a much easier English cider apple to grow than the Kingston Black and one of the few that is considered to have what it takes to make a good single variety cider in England. This apple is unique in that it is one of the few apples considered to have what it takes to make a good single variety cider.
The Roxbury Russet was the first commercially grown apple in the United States. This apple was often used in the early days of this country for cider. We will primarily be using this as an apple for blended ciders but we will likely also try it out as a single variety cider.
One of the few apples Thomas Jefferson grew on his estate specifically for making cider. This has long been considered one of the finest apples in the Unites States for making cider.