Porter's Perfection

Why you should be excited

Porter’s Perfection is an English cider apple that contributes a medium bittersharp element to cider blends.

The story of Porter's Perfection

Discovered in the 19th century, Porter’s Perfection became a hit cider apple in the early 20th century, with orchards throughout Somerset planting it.

While it’s generally viewed as a decent medium bittersharp, the enthusiasm of the early 1900s was perhaps a bit over-the-top. And that’s why you’ll find far less of Porter’s Perfection in today’s English cider orchards.

While it’s not exactly the world of rock stars, even cider makers seem to need a new ‘next big thing’ on a regular basis.

And Porter’s Perfection hasn’t been that since, oh… about 1910.

Porter's Perfection Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Somerset, England, sometime in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture

This cider apple produces a sharp juice with little astringency.


This small apple is flushed and striped red.

When they’re available

Very late season (usually well into November).

Quality for fresh eating

Don't even think about eating a cider apple.

Quality for cooking

Good for cider.

Keeping ability

Rarely tracked (just go ahead and make the cider...).