Most apples available in the supermarkets are descended from the same few parents, and they taste rather similar. The range of apples available is wider than it was a few years ago, but the choice is still limited.
Over the past 20 years I have collected unusual apples from many areas and I am putting information online about some of them, as judged in our apple tastings.
I hope this encourages interest in some of the more 'out-of-the-way' flavours; perhaps a few of you will be encouraged to grow some of these apples.
After a few words about each variety, we allocate a numerical score to the apple. This is very subjective; it varies depending on the ripeness, the season, the position of the apple on the tree and on other things.
Perception of flavour varies widely between individuals. What appeals to one person may not be attractive to another. However, the scores should give a rough idea of what to expect of the varieties covered.
What the numbers mean:
3=neither like nor dislike
For quick reference I have listed the scores below. There are usually two tasters; I give the indivdual scores (N, then J, then the total).