Bramley's Seedling is one of the oldest apple varieties we've encountered. It has a storied history.
The original tree was planted in 1809 at 75 Churchwell St in Nottinghamshire UK. After over 200 years it's still standing today. The National Apple Congress of 1883 declared Bramley the finest apple ever produced.
Widely considered the top British cooking apple, it's known for its distinct apple flavour.
What's it like? It reminds us of Northern Spy, with (very) delicate tannins. It's energetic with structured acidity, gentle minerality and just a touch of texture from barrel fermentation.
It kind of tastes like chewing on apple peels by a freshwater river. Bramley's Seedling is perfect for those who want a chill, easy-going cider of the highest quality. It's elegant simplicity is a nice counterpoint to some of the stranger liquid oddities in our portfolio.
Bramley's Seedling was bottle conditioned with zero added sulphites. We made just 19 cases total.
6.5% ABV | 750mL
Ingredients: Bramley's Seedling apples. Gluten free.
Wild fermented, zero residual sugar, vegan friendly.
Bramley's Seedling: an historic apple
Bramley's Seedling came from a pip that Mary Ann Brailsford planted from her mother's cooking, back in 1809 at her home in Nottinghamshire UK. That same tree still lives to this day, at 75 Church St, Southwell Nottinghamshire.
Matthew Bramley purchased the house in 1846. The story goes that Henry Merryweather, the 17 year old son of a gardener, saw a man carrying a bushel of beautiful apples and asked where they came from. The man said they were Bramleys'.
Bramley told Merryweather he could take cuttings, on the condition that the apples be named Bramley's Seedling.
In the early 1900s, the tree was struck by lightning and blew over during a violent storm, and it was thought to be dead. But somehow it lived and continues to bear fruit to this day.
Our Bramley Apples were grown in Niagara, but knowing the rich history makes them feel that much more special.