in 2018 I started making my own cider. It wasn't very pretty but, compared with all the commercial ciders I had ever tasted, it had phenomenal flavour! See Cider on my web site. I have also been following the cider workshop mailing list since 2018 where there is a lot to be learned but it gets quite technical: starting to produce your own cider is not at all difficult - until something goes wrong, which, with a little understanding, is not that likely.
it is also very easy to make your own cider vinegar - probably easier than cider. See my page on vinegar making.
Many craft cider makers are apparently not aware of the wild yeasts of the brettanomyces type which can contaminate cider as they impart an off-flavour colloquially known as "mouse" as the taste, to those who can taste it, is said to be reminiscent of the smell of a mouse cage. But others claim the flavour is like toast! It seems that a lot of cider makers simply cannot taste it and are not aware of it! My wife is very sensitive to it. I, less so - sensitivity to the taste does vary enormously. If present it can make the cider undrinkable or certainly unpleasant. However in small amounts it can simply add to the complexity of flavour.
We tend to like dry ciders from Sainsburys and Waitrose, many of which are produced in bulk by Symonds. So a good cider needs to beat these relatively cheap bulk ciders. Sadly, many do not!
So we are sampling local cider-makers and I will add my opinions here.
When we visited Bridge Farm Cider the "boss" was absent and the young man in the shop did not even know about brettanomyces yeast.
Bridge Farm Cider's web site
We tried a bottle of their Marmalade cider, produced specially for them. Unfortunately this batch had "mouse" contamination - which some people can taste, others cannot. My wife could not drink this, I could but it was not to my taste. Without the mousiness it probably would have tasted very good!
Cedrics' web site
Chaplin and Cork are based in Shepton Mallet. We sampled their Somerset Reserve Cider. A good, still cider. We had some delivered by Morrison's as a replacement for Crumpton Oaks cider. Equivalent it is not, but we accepted it and did not completely regret the substitution! It has no trace of mouse - it contains sulphites - and it is tasty. I can recommend it as a fine example of a craft cider. My wife commented "For a still cider, it is one of the nicer ones."
However although the taste is good this is a strong cider - 6.8%. We shall not be buying more - we prefer not to feel the effects of a drink of cider and after a bottle of this, we do definitely feel the effects!
Chaplin and Cork do not have their own web site. They sell through supermarkets. Seems Tesco also sell it. However a search reveals that they are owned by C and C group who also own Bulmers - the world's largest cider producer! Chaplin and Cork on C and C group web site. The group also include Magners cider!
Harry's Cider web site
It contains sulphites - sulphite kills the brettanomyces yeast which imparts the off-flavour colloquially known as "mouse". So this does not]t have mousiness. Kingston Black is a apple variety much valued for cider making.
Hecks's web site
A different cider: recommended.
Strong Orchard's web site