Sandford Orchards, DEV, UK

picture of Sandford Orchards The General submitted by kiyose
picture of Sandford Orchards The General submitted by kiyose

The General

ABV: 8.4%
330 ml serving:

English style cider. Dry, strongly astringent, and moderate bitterness.

Taste Properties


reviewer BushWalker
BushWalker (13082) said:
Comes in a 330 ml bottle. Golden colour, with a honeyed aroma which carries an acrid tobacco tone. The flavour is of honey with vanilla, but with a bitter, wooden aftertaste, suggestive of a whisky cask. Complex and unusual, though not entirely successful: the alcohol burn masks some of the expected subtler tones.
Reviewed on 03 Apr 2018

reviewer Holton
Holton (146) said:
strong flavour, great slow drinker. usually prefer a medium sweet but this is a great change
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2022
reviewer cidrtikmick
cidrtikmick (599) said:
Had bag-in-box. Clear, dark yellow, fruity, a medium to me. Drinkable for 8.4% but one to try a half rather than a whole session cider!
Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

reviewer Judge
Judge (14754) said:
I have the bag in box version. Golden colour, clear and still. Aroma of honey and whisky. Wood and vanilla in the flavour but also has an alcohol burn.
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

reviewer TimothyHoward
TimothyHoward (483) said:
Please note: this is the bag in the box variant. Tried at The Gladstone Arms cider festival. Described once as a blunderbuss of flavour, quite fitting. This cider has a light burn, smoky flavour and a hint of acidity. Dry but not overpoweringly bitter. A great cider if you don't mind strong alcoholic volume.
Reviewed on 24 Aug 2019

reviewer missusblaze
missusblaze (138) said:
This cider is very dry and has an aftertaste that lasts quite a while(i had very spicy jerky a few hours after and could still taste cider rather than jerky). Despite that it is a nice tasting cider if you're into the dry ones. Not a cider I would drink regullarly but I would happily drink it every so often.
Reviewed on 24 Nov 2017
reviewer cidersays
cidersays (5154) said:
Too bitter for my liking, especially with the dryness and acidity.
Reviewed on 18 May 2017
reviewer danlo
danlo (1220) said:
330ml bottle from Morrisons, Darlington UK. Golden colour, white foam head that rapidly dissipates away and aroma of apple, woody oak. Taste is fruity apple, sweetish, with brandy, wood, boozy, bitter earthy tannins. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, drying bitter tannic finish. Quite drinkable.
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2017
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reviewer Reena
Reena (659) said:
Strong fruit aroma, dry and fairly complex, but a little too watered down for my liking
Reviewed on 18 May 2017

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reviewer herharmony23
herharmony23 (2591) said:
This is a fairly dry one, bitter, not as fruity as I tend to like and doesn't seem that English in style to me (though I've only had about half a dozen english ciders, so what do I know?) There's a nice light taste at first, then BAM-big bitter hit. Not a fave.
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2017
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reviewer lizsavage
lizsavage (1886) said:
I don't know a English it is, but definitely astringent. Dry but nice fruit and body. A little too astringent for my taste.
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2017

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reviewer pubgypsy
pubgypsy (1006) said:
Named as a tribute to Sir Redvers Buller, of Crediton. This vintage is matured in an 100 year old oak vat which has the nickname of "The General" Key Apple Varieties. Tremlett's Bitter, Farmers Glory & White Alphington. Tasted at Sandford Orchards, Crediton.
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2019

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