Every year we plan some production space for special batches. We let the orchard have its own voice in these batches. We set a side a reserve of apples that developed outstanding character. Or a blend of apples that arose together in history. Or that the cidermaker thinks are especially nifty.
These batches are produced with a minimalist approach. That means they are all light, dry, subtle and still. The most authentic taste of the orchard we make.
We know they aren’t for every taste – so we make a single barrel of each. It comes out to just over 20 cases. Each batch is an ephemeral glimpse of orchard character, like scents on the wind: tart, bitter, grass, wood, spice, blossom, fruit. And when it’s gone, it’s gone. In some future year, the orchard might whisper something similar in the cidermaker’s ear – but it won’t be exactly the same.
Here are some examples of Single Barrel Ciders that have come and gone.