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Devon-based Sandford Orchards has launched a brand new collection of Vintage Ciders; a finest cask-aged cider called Sandford Reserve, a fresh oak-finished cider named Apple & Oak and a mighty vat-aged cider known as The General. The drinks have an rrp of £32 for 12 x 500ml bottles.
Barny Butterfield, chief cidermaker at Sandford Orchards comments: "Every apple harvest has a distinct character. To use the term 'vintage' a cider must declare the year of harvest with the age of the cider providing a strong indication of its depth of flavour and maturity. A huge amount of effort went into creating our new vintage ciders and we are thrilled with the results. We trialled more than forty different potential winners before whittling them down to these three, each of which boasts their own unique characteristics."
Apple & Oak - Fresh Oak-Finished Cider (ABV 6.7%)
Apple and Oak is a dry vintage cider aged in new oak barrels. It showcases youthful, ripe, bittersweet apple flavours which are complemented by hints of vanilla and toasty oak. It's the ideal accompaniment to a wedding picnic of cheese and cured meats and is the 'cider nouveau' of the collection.
Sandford Reserve - Finest Cask-Aged Cider (ABV 7.4%)
Sandford Reserve is the 'exhibition' cider of this new range. Using the pick of the 2019 crop and matured in larger wine casks, Sandford Reserve drinks like a smooth, oaky, chardonnay with flavours of honey, Madeira and dried fruits. It's the perfect partner to a curry or spicy dishes.
The General - Mighty Vat-Aged Cider (ABV 8.4%)
The General is the Imperial Stout of this vintage range. This super-rich cider is bold and satisfying with the flavours of Seville orange, plum and baked apple. It's a superb complement to gamey meats or a fully-laden Sunday roast.
To shop, visit https://www.sandfordorchards.co.uk