I wish I could say such and such is a favorite apple tree for cider. I do have hopes of one day making Black Currant and Apple cider. My favorite cider from the local cidery, I wait for it all year.
I was talking to the orchardist at a local cidery about apples. He told me that two of the apples I have the Esopus Spitsburg and the Liberty would make a good hard cider. The Esopus was supposedly one of Thomas Jefferson's favorite apples. He actually came to my area for a cider recipe, due to the laws of the state cider is no longer made unless it's home-brew.
I'm planting out Kazakhstan seedlings and I have edible crabs. Hopefully, I will find a good mix.