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Bitter Sweet Apple Juice Concentrate

As the name suggests, these Apples are low/medium in acid, but high in tannin, which gives the cider the astringency and bitterness that is typical of European-style cider.
Our Bitter Sweet Juice is 70 brix pure, natural product with no additives.

Our Bitter Sweet AJC is produced in France from traditional French cider apple varieties. These include: Amere de Berthecourt, Beden, Bisquet, Brairtot, Binet Rouge, Frequin, Douce Moen, Medaille d’Or and Michelin.

Bitter Sweet Apples offer complex, spicy, leather tannin flavours, and add colour, body, mouthfeel and – in the right proportion – balance to a cider that might otherwise be too thin, too sweet, or too one-dimensional in flavour. It is a struggle to get this flavour profile from a pure dessert fruit juice.

At Kiril Mischeff, we can offer both a clear and cloudy product packed in pails, drums, totes and bulk tankers.

Just give our sales team a call on +44 (0) 1909 534 000 to discuss your order today. You may also wish to look at our Apple Concentrate.

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    What is bittersweet apple concentrate?

    Apple concentrate is effectively apple juice with all the water removed. The juice is heated to evaporate the water content, leaving a concentrated solution which is around six times stronger than the original juice.

    Much smaller in volume with its water content removed, the apple concentrate can then be easily transported or stored, before water is later re-added to make it a regular strength juice again.

    Most apple concentrate is made with sweet dessert apples, but bittersweet apple concentrate is made with different varieties better suited to the production of cider.

    Our bittersweet apples are sourced from expert growers in Normandy, France.

    Why is bittersweet apple concentrate best for cider?

    Cider makers often choose bittersweet apple concentrate over regular apple concentrate because of its spicy notes and higher acidity (known in the alcohol industry as higher tannins).

    Bitter sweet apples bring complex and bold flavours to a cider, while also adding the kind of colour, body and mouthfeel that a sweet apple juice concentrate can’t match.

    Indeed, bittersweet apples are so synonymous with cider making, they;re often referred to as cider apples.

    Are bittersweet apples high in sugar?

    Despite their astringency, bittersweet cider apples do indeed tend to be high in sugar. This is important for cider production, as high sugar levels encourage the fermentation process.

    Is apple concentrate less healthy than NFC apple juice?

    Many people think that the extra processing of an apple juice concentrate makes it unhealthy compared to a fresh juice, but in reality, there’s little difference in nutritional profile.

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