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