Re: building small orchard for hard cider
Apples vary greatly in the time to fruit. Avg. 2-5 years.
Mature-10 years or so.
Dabinett, Foxwhelp, ? I like multiuse apples. Many are good for fresh eating, pie, and cider.
I would balance sweet and sharp (sour) with bittersweet and bittersharp: More from the former 2 than from the latter 2.