In the early years there was no plan on how to use the apple crop! Apart from eating a good number in the early and years, as no doubt did many a rambler passing through the orchard on the footpaths, most of the apples dropped to the ground and rotted. This is an outcome for many apple (and other fruit) trees up and down the land. More on that elsewhere……as I also harvest and collect other people's unwanted apples.
Since 2011 things have changed and I'm producing thousands of bottles of juice! Not every bottle will taste the same. This is because of the large variety of apples going into the process, some culinary and some dessert, and occasionally a cider apple. This will inevitably affect the flavours. Added to that, as the season progresses there is a continuing growth of the apple and a change in the sugar content. However, I have lost count of the number of people praising the juice for being the best they have ever drunk! Many like it for not being too sweet.
"I prefer the uniqueness of not knowing quite what one is getting"
Much as we’d like to wait until everything has fallen to the floor to pick it up and use it, thereby guaranteeing maximum maturation, it’s simply impractical and would be excessively laborious. In future there will be a better effort made to in some way “standardise” but I prefer the uniqueness of not knowing quite what one is getting, other than glorious and enthusiastically acclaimed juice!