As well as cider, we produce 100% pure apple juice – all hand-picked, hand-pressed and hand-bottled from named varieties in our own orchard.
The apples are stored and then pressed when they have reached maximum ripeness and flavour, which is preserved for later pleasure by careful pasteurisation. The juice from apples earlier in the season is mostly of a single variety as they have a good balance between sweetness and acidity. Later in the season, we may blend two or more (named) varieties in order to achieve the correct balance – late season dessert apples can be rather sweet, so we add a culinary variety.
Find the apple juice in the following shops:
Lorton Village Shop, High Lorton, Cockermouth, CA13 9UL lortonvillageshop.co.uk
Cockermouth Online Market
Keswick Brewery, Brewery Lane, Keswick, Cumbia, CA12 5BY – keswickbrewery.co.uk
Bassenthwaite Lake Station, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, CA13 9YL – bassenthwaitelakestation.com
Alternatively, local customers can purchase directly (minimum 6 bottles) for collection by appointment. Please use the contact form for this.
Our currently-available juices are:
Belle de Boskoop is thought to be a bud sport of Reinette de Montfort: found by K.J.W. Ottolander, Boskoop, The Netherlands in 1856.This aromatic apple handles the Cumbrian climate very well. It is used in cooking early in the season and for eating (and juicing or cider-making) later when the flavour has fully developed. The juice is slightly sweet but is well-balanced by some acidity and is richly-flavoured.
Newton Wonder is a high quality late-season English cooking apple from the Victoria era, producing large handsome apples. It inherits its excellent tangy flavour from one of its probable parents, Dumelow’s Seedling. The juice is slightly sweet but is balanced by good acidity and is richly-flavoured. This juice also has about 35% Belle de Boskoop apples which are slightly sweeter, more aromatic and less acid. The result is a beautifully fruity and well-balanced juice.
Russet Special – A blend of richly-flavoured and sweet late russet apples (39% Ashmead’s Kernel, 22% Rosemary Russet, 11% Duke of Devonshire). These are balanced with 18% Lord Derby and 10% Scotch Bridget to prevent excessive sweetness and add a bit of acidity. The long natural storage of the apples before pressing means that much of the acids have been converted into aromatic ester compounds—delicious!
Winston & Bramley – A blend of Winston and Bramley’s Seedling. These apples benefit from over-winter storage to develop the best possible flavour. Winston is named after Churchill, whose favourite apple it was, and was previously named Winter King. It is a richly-flavoured apple, well-balanced here by the lighter but aromatic Bramley (which by now has lost most of its acidity).
Previous juices, which may be available at a different time in the season, include
Lord Lambourne was introduced in 1907 and is considered by many to be the finest-tasting mid-season apple: crisp, moderately sweet and aromatic. The juice reflects these qualities with a good
balance of sweetness and acidity, a full body and a luscious flavour.
Katy (Katya) originates from Sweden in 1947, although it is a cross between two British varieties—James Grieve and Worcester Permain. It is a “2nd early” apple with a fresh taste. It does not keep long, but makes a very tasty juice with not too much sugar or acidity.
Keswick Codlin was found growing on a rubbish heap at Gleaston Castle near Ulverston in the late 18thC and was first recorded in 1793, becoming one of the most popular early cookers throughout England in the 19thC. It was introduced by John Sander, a Keswick nurseryman, hence the name. The juice is fresh-tasting, with not too much sugar—a good breakfast juice.
Golden Spire – The Golden Spire apple was first discovered in Lancashire in about 1850. It was later grown in Gloucestershire where it was known as Tom Matthews and grown for cider production, although it had previously been used for both cider and eating. It is also excellent for juicing and cooking. The juice has a good balance of sweetness and acidity, with a fine aroma.
Tom Putt is an 18th century apple from Devon or Somerset (disputed). Very popular in the West Country, it also does well in Cumbria as it does not mind the damp. It is a beautiful rosy-red apple which we use a lot in our cider, but it also makes a very flavoursome juice.
Red Devil is a mid-season apple, notable for its distinctive red flesh and which produces a delightful pinkish-purple juice.
The flesh is white as with most apples, but stained with red which grows inwards from the skin. This is a characteristic sometimes seen in in its parent, Discovery, but much more obvious in Red Devil. It is currently probably the best flavoured apple with a red-flesh – although there are several other apple varieties which have a far more pronounced red-flesh than Red Devil, they are generally of very poor flavour.
Scotch Bridget is an attractive orange-flushed cooking apple from Scotland. The flavour is richly acidic and the flesh is soft and juicy. The apples keep for several months, and can be eaten raw after the New Year and make one of the finest-flavoured juices. Scotch Bridget found a second home in the north-west of England where it was widely grown around Lancaster by the end of the 19th century. Unlike most apple varieties it will crop reliably in areas of wet winters, and poor summers and is (therefore?) very popular in Cumbria.
Monarch is an attractive red-flushed cooking apple from Essex — raised in 1888 but not generally sold until 1918. Despite coming from a drier area of the UK, it handles the Cumbrian climate very well. Its parents are thought to be Peasgood Nonsuch and Dummellor’s Seedling. It has a good balance of acidity and sugar. This pressing also has Ribston Pippin – a parent of Cox’s Orange Pippin—from Yorkshire, Fiesta, Scotch Bridget, Forge and a few other ‘friends’ which combine to make a well-flavoured and well-balanced juice.