Disclaimer: I haven't had a strongbow since like July.. but please, read on.
So I'm making Graham's English Cider. Starting gravity 1.050. I used Mott's apple juice and a regular lime as opposed to three key limes.
A month to the day after pitch I pop open my primary and am amazed at how fast it cleared. But then, store-bought juices are really well filtered, aren't they? I didn't get a gravity on it but I did taste it (and lordamighty was it dry.) Racked almost exactly 5g to secondary and topped off with ~1g of juice (same kind). After topping, the gravity was 1.020. So I tasted it again.
To my palate, at that stage in fermentation (that's 5g + 3 cups, fermented dry, racked and topped off) it tasted almost exactly like I recall Strongbow tasting.
I'm going to let this go dry, because I really do wonder what the Graham's tastes like, but for the price of 6g of apple juice I'm definitely going to have to make this again and try to stop it at semisweet stage.
If anyone's bored enough to try, please do make this and report your results! Also, thoughts on carbing while stopping at the right point (bottle pasteurizing, likely enough) are welcome.