Cider makers use White Labs for commercial purposes and in home settings. White Labs offers WLP775 English Cider Yeast year-round for all users, and many other year-round strains are also popular with cider makers, including WLP002 English Ale Yeast and WLP028 Edinburgh Ale Yeast.
White Labs also has other options available for commercial users. To discuss these less common strains, or to explore using common White Labs strains in your cider, please write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-5-YEAST-5.
In an experiment conducted by the QUAFF homebrewing club in 2013, members tested the following strains: WLP002 English Ale Yeast, WLP028 Edinburgh Ale Yeast, WLP500 Trappist Ale Yeast, WLP575 Belgian Ale Yeast Blend, WLP775 English Cider Yeast, WLP810 San Francisco Lager Yeast, and WLP862 Cry Havoc Yeast. All cider makers used 5 gallons of apple juice and employed a variety of fermentation temperatures and nutrients.
The testing was funded by the American Homebrewers Association's Research & Education Fund (REF). To review the full report (one must be logged in with their AHA member credentials to access the following page), visit here. Also of interest is this overview of the REF program.
Below are the taste test rankings, with "1" being the most favored: