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      04.04.2014 10:41

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      Boo Sarsons

      I agree with anonym of last year - why on earth would Sarsons stop making their dispenser bottles refillable??? Obvious reason - to save themselves money. Never mind the environment. Never mind the customers getting vinegar all over the place trying to get fresh vinegar through the tiny, now non-removable top. Very short-sighted of Sarsons though because I don't intend to buy this product any more having used it for years.

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      19.08.2013 15:04
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      A chip's too alkali without it

      I'm a fat northern bloke and I like chips. And, since salt is bad for you these days, there's only one thing to put on your chips - vinegar. I don't have any time for the Belgian idea of having mayonnaise with chips, or the American thing of pouring hot cheese sauce or tomato ketchup on them. And while curry sauce and chilli are both really tasty they aren't what I'd call traditional accompaniments to the Great British chip.

      No. It has to be vinegar and if it's vinegar then it has to be Sarson's. They've been making vinegar since 1794. If they've managed to keep going all that time then they must be doing something right.

      It comes in a 250 ml bottle shaped like a teardrop, that is it's fat and bulbous at the bottom and tapered at the top towards a red, plastic flip-top lid. The bottle itself is clear but the liquid inside is a lovely light caramel brown colour. At the time of writing (August 2013) this bottle costs around 70 pence and it's well worth every penny.

      The top of the bottle is designed to clip tight when not in use so that there are no leaks but once opened it shakes out just a few drops at a time. This means that you don't drench your food with it, you can season to taste, as the TV chefs are so fond of saying.

      This isn't a sharp, nasty vinegar taste (like you get with a cheap, bad wine) but a mellow malty flavour that grows on the palette, subtly enhancing but not masking the underlying starchiness of the potato. It's predominately malty tasting but there's a little low-level hint of barley too, reminding me of a specialist ale. It's a sweet and complex taste that's so much better than that of cheap imitations. Buying those really is a false economy. There's only a few pennies difference in price and, honestly, life's too short for cheap vinegar.

      Much as I like Sarson's I don't use it on anything other than chips, which I have rarely, so one bottle can last a year or more. But having chips without vinegar is as unthinkable as strawberries without milk, toast without jam or Morecombe without Wise.

      Some things are made for each other.

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        26.01.2013 21:41

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        Who was the bright spark that decided to remove the screw cap and prevent the refilling of this bottle. This was a great example of a refillable pack that reduced packaging waste. Sadly it now adds to the packaging waste mountain. Well done Sarson's!

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        17.10.2012 00:26
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        A great and tasty buy that brings out the best in so many foods!

        When it comes to vinegar I only ever buy one brand of it these days and its this Sarsons one. I love the taste, the quality and the price of it and a while ago I did try to buy other far cheaper options of vinegar in places like Asda and in Tesco but it failed to delight me!

        The Packaging:

        The bottle is see through and glass with a dark red coloured flip top opening style lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. Around the bottle there is a matching in colour to the lid label and on that we are told that it is indeed Sarsons '1794' Malt Vinegar then on the back of that label we are told a bit about the product, the ingredients used, the size is stated which in this case is 250ml and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a nice and informative looking bottle this one and I do appreciate being able to see the liquid of the vinegar through the bottle so I know when it needs replacing and so on!

        The Vinegar:

        Within the bottle the liquid looks flat and is a very dark but still tranparent brown colour and if you open up the bottle and give it a sniff it has a slightly sweet and very sharp smell of malty vinegar to it. Taste wise, well of course it tastes like vinegar with a real barley and malt taste to it, its quite sharp and very tangy with a very natural and gentle sweetness to it.

        When you shake it out of the bottle it goes on food light transparent brown, going to clear really on hot food, you can can smell its rich fragrance and you don't need much to really flavour food along with salt and/or pepper or whatever.

        I love this rich tasting and flavoursome vinegar and for me the flavour of this cannot be beaten.

        For a 250ml bottle of this I pay 49p in B & M but I know it is rather more expensive than this in most good supermarkets however I'd pay whatever the price really as its so good!

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          10.06.2012 14:25
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          Quality in a bottle.

          When it comes to vinegar I am not too fussy as it all tastes the same so I thought. I bought this bottle of vinegar from my local Tesco Express store as I was having Sausage and chips for my dinner. I was bought up on Sarsons however, as I has a place of my own and live alone I look for alternatives to try and save some cash.

          The bottle of vinegar~

          The vinegar is in a glass bottle the ones I remember growing up where in plastic botles. It has a brown flip lid at the top. There is a brown label around the middle with the Sarsons logo clearly shown. Sarons have been making malt vinegar since 1794. The vinegar itself is a golden brown liquid it still has the distinctive Sarsons smell of what vinegar smells like.

          Myself using it~

          I use Sarsons for lots of things. Mostly of course the British favourite Fish and Chips. Drizzle over your favorite meal that you use it for. It tastes of malt as that is what it is made of good old tangy taste that it always has. Just like the vinegar you get at your local chippy! I have been penny pinching lately as I am on a budget and made mistake of buying cheap vinegar after buying this you really can tell the quality of it. I love to have a clean home however of late I have let things slide a little due to health problems, usually I use it for cleaning stainless steel on my kitchen sink and taps. My bathroom taps are lovely and shiny after a good old dose of sarsons.
          My mirrors and windows love it too. The good old fashioned way works best. simply get a some news paper stunch it into a ball and drench it in Vinegar rub the paper on the mirror and windows when the dirt is removed use a dry piece of news paper to stop smears. You will have the cleanest glass in your street!

          Another good one is; do you live in a hard water are? If the answer to that is yes, it works wonders for your kettle to decale it, personaly I don't have that problem as I live in Somerset and our water is soft however I once lived up north where water was hard and was always needing to descale my kettle. Simply add two table spoons of vinegar to half a kettle full of just boiled water add the vinegar and leave until the water has gone cold.
          Rinse the kettle out you will be amazed by the about of scale that comes out. Fill with water boil the kettle tip water our rinse then job done! I am sure there are lots of other uses to use vinegar for.

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          09.06.2012 09:35
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          Great tasting vinegar that lasts ages and is very reasonably priced.

          Who doesn't love a bit of vinegar on their chips? And what better vinegar to use than Sarson's Malt Vinegar. It has been an established name in vinegar since 1794 when they first started brewing it and it is still a very reputable name in vinegars.

          Most people would probably recognise the bottle that it comes in. It is a glass bottle and is much wider at the bottom than it is at the top, kind of like a teardrop shape. The label around the bottle is a brick red colour and the top is also the same brick red colour. It is a flip top lid and is easy to open and close.

          If you open the lid and smell the top of the bottle the smell is so powerful it makes me turn my head away sharply. I find the smell can almost make my eyes water if I'm too close to it! It is hard to describe the smell of vinegar but it is incredibly sharp and has a high acidity to it but is still quite sweet smelling at the same time.

          You only need a few drops of vinegar on your chips in order to give them that delicious lift that they need (along with salt though I have to admit!). The sour notes of the vinegar are only just compensated by the sweet side of it, but put too much on and it will ruin the taste of anything. We also always add it to tuna mayonnaise, if you've not yet tried it you should as it makes it so much better. A lot of sandwich shops will add vinegar to their tuna mayo mix.

          People also use vinegar as a cleaning agent, maybe on their windows or glass surfaces. I think this became more popular after the hit TV show 'How Clean is Your House?'. They used vinegar a lot and people started to copy them.

          A 250ml bottle of this vinegar costs 69p from Tescos - an absolute bargain. It's also available from other supermarkets as well. This bottle of vinegar will last a long time too!

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            03.05.2010 11:18
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            Handle with care!

            I stumbled on this product by accident, did my usual weekly shop bought what I though was my usual bottle of Sarsons vinegar, came home and put it all away.

            Last night I made bacon egg and chips for dinner took the cap off the bottle of Sarsons and there it was, a spray nozzle! I have never seen this on Sarsons vinegar before but at this point I thought no more about it and held it above my chips and sprayed, this put a fine mist of vinegar in the air which I inhaled and promptly had a major coughing fit.

            Meanwhile my husband is trying to take the spray nozzle off but alas this top is designed not to be removed. Gingerly i had another go at spraying my chips but again the fine mist of vinegar covered eveything on the plate, so instead of having nice vinegar tasting chips I have vinegar tasting bacon and eggs as well which spoiled dinner as all we could taste was vinegar.

            This product is not child friendly either in my opinion. A child even an older one could easily get the spray nozzle the wrong why round which would then result in a face full of vinegar, or even worse could be used to spray at a sibling as a joke, we all know kids like to do things like that without thinking they are doing anything wrong. Very painful if sprayed near the eyes.

            The Sarsons spray vinegar bottle is identical to a normal bottle of Sarsons vinegar, glass with the same red label, it does however say in small writing Malt Spray Vinegar underneath Sarsons. I will still give it 3 stars as the taste is still the same on the branded product we all know and love it is just the spray nozzle that I dont like and the fact that there is no option to remove it.

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              13.04.2010 19:42
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              Great retro looking old favourite

              Sarson's vinegar is a product I have grown up with- my Mum used to always have a bottle in the cupboard and anytime we had chips (either homemade or from the chip shop) the Sarson's would come out. So I thought all vinegars were the same and they all came with a handy flip and shake lid...

              I am glad you can still buy this as I class it as a bit of a retro favourite now. Mr Norton used a lot of vinegar on his food (on beans, on waffles, on curly fries, on fish fingers...) he really has a taste for vinegar on food, so we buy Sarson's in it's distinctive glass bottle with flip lid.

              The product comes in a glass bottle with a burgundy plastic flip top cap. I love this feature as a lot of bottles of vinegar come without any sort of shaker cap. I have had several accidents where I have opened a bottle of vinegar and tipped it up to shake some vinegar on my food only to find there was no hole in the cap, instead it was just an open bottle neck and I filled my plate with vinegar. With Sarson's there is no risk of this happening. This is actually good attention to detail and does differentiate this from the value bottles.

              Of course, if you need a quantity of vinegar it is easy to screw the cap off the Sarson's. Also, I often keep the empty Sarson's bottles and either refill them with the leftover vinegar from a jar of pickled onions or refill it with supermarket value vinegar when cash is tight (the value vineager is only 13p) and it is a while to payday or we are not due to trek to the supermarket for a while. Just to tide us over.

              A standard bottle of Sarson's will cost you around 56p for 250mls. Sarson's also sell other varieties of vinegar such as light malt vinegar or distilled malt vinegar (clear). I was surprised to see this when I was last in the supermarket and actually noticed there was a range of vinegars on the vinegar shelf.

              There are no nutritional values given for vinegar on the bottle- as it is a condiment like salt and I think if you are counting the calories in the vinegar you shake on your meal you may have a problem! The ingredients are: malt vinegar from barley and roast barley malt extract.
              I can only describe the taste as vinegar!. It is vinegar- as it is like trying to explain how salt tastes this is not a review about the taste of vinegar. It is not too acidic or too sweet. Sarson's makes a good all round vinegar that is especially good on chips.

              Overall, although you can buy cheaper vinegars and to me vinegar is vinegar. I cannot differentiate between the taste of cheap supermarket stuff and a brand name. I can tell the difference between the vinegar in pickled onions and Malt vinegar but that is about the limit of my palette when it comes to vinegar. The main reason I buy Sarson's is for the glass bottle with the very functional lid that makes sure you do not tip 100mls of vinegar onto your food by accident! Vinegar is always a great thing to have in your cupboards and for the look, tradition and history of Sarsons and the great lid, I think this is a great buy.

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                17.12.2009 14:12
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                Better than the cheaper makes

                Sarsons Malt vinegar may seem like a bigger price to pay for something which is just vinegar but I can really tell the difference in how is compared to the cheaper own brand version which are available. After all Sarsons were one of the originals are still here so they must be doing something right surely

                The look?
                A semi translucent brown liquid which has the consistency of water. The bottles glass is clear but makes them look brown due to the vinegars actual colour.

                Price?
                Around 57pence for a 250 ml bottle which will last you a good while as you on use a dashing of this on your food. 22 pence per 100 mls so well worth it.

                About the Taste?
                This has a stronger taste so if you were to buy the cheap version it is false economy as you will use more, ruin your food and wished you hadn't used as much, with Sarsons it has a stronger taste so I tend to use less so ends up being as cheap as its budget counterparts.

                Healthy?
                Not really too bad for you as this is more of an acidic liquid and you would never really use enough, so doesn't really register on the traffic light charts.

                Conclusion?
                A great addition to fish and chips, buy the sarsons brand as others will turn out to be false economy in the long run

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                03.11.2009 15:09
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                super stuff

                I never used to like vinegar. I found it tampered too much with my food and destroyed flavours, but I am gradually warming to the stuff, though I must be honest I prefer it as a cleaning aid rather than a food accessory.

                Sarsons has been around since the dawn of time, one of those makes you will always see in supermarkets and greasy cafes. There is something infinitely reassuring about the brand, something homely and comforting. They haven't changed their look much in years. We still have the same old logo and the slender looking bottle, that looks like it is calling to you to come and caress it.

                The murky brown vinegar gives it a vintage feel, suggesting that it is indeed a fine malt and can be trusted. Can it be trusted though? Well, yes. It delivers on the taste. Everyone knows what vinegar tastes like; this one has enough depth and resonance to make you sit up and think 'oh yes, that has a nice bite to it.' There is a zing and a pleasing bitterness.

                The vinegar is best used sparingly though. Drizzle it lightly over chips to give it a certain flair, or why not use it for poaching eggs. If you pour a little into a pan of boiling water, you can be ensured of perfect poached eggs every time.

                This vinegar is also a useful cleaning aid. I have used it to brighten up windows for a streak free shine, I have cleaned the bath with it and and used it for medicinal purposes, applying it to spots and cuts to calm irritated skin. It works a treat on all of these things.

                Price wise, for under fifty pence, it is a godsend and so very useful to have in the cupboard. This one also delivers a more enticing and aromatic flavour than the Tesco version, which lacks Sarsons' punch.

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                  30.10.2009 17:21
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                  Buy it for the bottle and re fill with a cheap vinegar

                  I have mixed reviews about this I think that it is quite expensive for the product.

                  The bottle

                  This is a nice shaped bottle and has an easy open and close top. It has a label with the name on it and that it is malt vinegar. It states on the back that this company has been making vinegar since 1794. It tells you how to use it and the ingrediants that it holds. It also has the contact address and number if you ever need to contact them. It is easy to use because the top is designed so that you shake it over your food for the drops of vinegar to come out.

                  The price

                  This is over a £1 a bottle, on some occasions some retailers will put it on a special deal. I dont think this is a good price due to it lasts around a week in my house but it does taste nice.

                  Summery

                  I would invest in one of these for over a £1 but for a one off. I would keep the bottle and re fill it with a cheaper brand but apart from that I do not find it any different to any other vinegar.

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                    23.10.2009 00:05
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                    Wicked Vinegar That Even Makes Oven Chips Taste Interesting!

                    You'd think all vinegar would taste the same but it doesn't. We've always brought whatever vinegar is the cheapest and it can be dead cheap, the bottle we've just finished cost 42p and is the Best In brand and no=one complained!

                    Last week though I noticed the vinegar was in a sleeker bottle and I saw it was Sarsons and not just any old vinegar that happened to be on the shop shelf.

                    I could tell from the first time I used it just how much tastier it is than cheaper vinegar. The flavour is better, it's seasoned strongly and that gives it a yummy tang but it's not harsh like other vinegars. It's got a smoother taste and feel that makes any food you sprinkle it on taste delicious.

                    I had it on chips last night and it turned boring oven chips into something that tasted very like they'd come from the chippy! This is how good Sarsons vinegar is because I hardly ever eat oven chips but after I nicked a few off my dad's plate I had to put some in for myself because Sarsons brings them to life!

                    All round I think this is the best vinegar I'd tried and I'll make sure we never go back to the cheap stuff again. You can tell the difference by how harsh other vinegars are to this one and also if you sniff the top of the bottle Sarsons won't make your eyes water like Best In vinegar!

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                    11.10.2009 16:59
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                    The best brand :)

                    I love fish and chips but we had ran out of vinegar so I picked a bottle of 'Sarson's' up for 50p when I was out shopping so we weren't caught short again!

                    The best kind of vinegar is the malt type; it smells strong and is a nice deep dark brown colour...

                    This brand is advertised as: 'Traditionally brewed & matured' since 1794 so that's why it is though to be the best :)

                    It is packaged in a glass bottle (recycle please!) with a curve that the bottom of it like a tear drop design and a flip top red plastic lid that came with a seal too.

                    Sarson's vinegar is made in vats and is made from barley, roast barley and malt extract.

                    It is made in the UK and has 5% acidity from the acetic acid...

                    The smell is really strong and makes you mouth water in anticipation with its vinegary vapours!

                    There is 250ml in this bottle that will last months even with regular use. The vapours are really strong and the vinegar is like sour wine when you taste it.

                    This can be used as a salad dressing for anyone who doesn't want to use a dressing with calories in it as it adds a tasty tang...

                    Vinegar really stings if you eat it with sore lips so be careful too, and it is very sour and bitter too! Plus vinegar is really great for cleaning window, etc, as it cuts through grease!

                    Five stars from me for a really full of flavour condiment that always goes well with chips or tastes great on crisps, yum ;-p

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                      27.04.2009 15:23
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                      Yummy :-)

                      I ran out of vinegar recently and had made a mental note to purchase a new bottle of supermarket-own brand when I was going to be there later in the week. Before I managed to get the shopping done, however, I noticed that my local shop had a special offer on "Sarson's" malt vinegar, and opted to buy this kind instead, as it was only 50 pence, which was slightly cheaper than the supermarket-own brand I was going to buy.

                      I had the perfect opportunity to sample the vinegar later that same evening, as my partner came home from his rehearsal a bit later than expected, and had opted to bring in some chips for a late night snack.

                      Never one to refuse the offer of a chip or two, I happily accepted and was instantly aware that my mouth was watering courtesy of the strong smell of (Sarson's) vinegar wafting from the hot chips.

                      As I raised the (first) chip to my mouth, I was conscious of the vinegar smell penetrating my nose, and this contributed to the mouth-watering action that was already underway, until I was almost drooling like a crazed mad dog!!

                      The taste of the vinegar was lovely and strong, and indulged my taste buds in the usual way that vinegar does, although it was not overly powerful or at all unpleasant. Happy to continue my research for you fellow dooyoo-ers (I know, I'm too kind!), I shared my other half's chips and even splashed some more vinegar on towards the end of the portion of chips as I felt they needed another helping!

                      The bottle is a great design in that you don't need a specific vinegar bottle to enjoy your vinegar; it has a special little dropper type device built into the top of the bottle, under a plastic flip-cap, which allows the liquid to drop out rather than pour out, which is very fortunate, as too much vinegar can be horrible! The bottle design is much more convenient than other brands I've used in the past, which require the vinegar to be decanted into a vinegar bottle before use.

                      The shape of the bottle is quite unique - it is probably instantly recognised by most people. Sarson's is a trusted brand, and have been producing this vinegar since the 1700s! The maroon coloured label and the almost pear-shaped bottle are both instantly recognisable and have both been kind of trademarks for the product for as long as I can remember! (Which isn't, I hasten to add, as far back as 1700-odd!).

                      I've since returned to my local shop and purchased some more bottles of Sarson's vinegar to take full advantage of the current offer price. I think the usual price is around 90 pence or so, so it probably IS a bit more expensive than other brands, particularly supermarket-own brands, but the lovely strong taste is worth a bit extra, in my opinion.

                      I'll buy it again, particularly if it's on offer, but I'm not entirely sure I'm converted forever. There isn't THAT much difference between this brand and other brands I've used in the past.

                      Full marks from me.... Thanks for reading! :- )

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                        18.03.2009 19:52
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                        A must for every cupboard

                        Sarsons Vinegar to me is just like Heinz baked beans or tomato ketchup..it is one of those things that just cannot be replaced by a cheaper option!

                        The bottle design is a timeless classic and is very easily identifiable. The flip top lid on the vinegar bottle is very easy to use and allows a good amount of vinegar to pour from the bottle. Cheaper vinegars often just have a screw lid, which then means you have to pour it out...often drowning your food in vinegar!

                        I liek to store my vinegar in the fridge and I find that this bottle design also sits easily in the fridge door.

                        The vinegar itself is a dark brown rich colour and the first thing that hits you when you open the bottle is the smell. It sets your taste buds on fire and immediately makes your mouth water. I often (bizarrely) have a whiff of the vinegar before I pour it as it wakes up my taste buds and makes the food taste much nicer.

                        There are many foods that benefit from vinegar, not least chips...I like to really soak my chips in vinegar (even thinking about it makes my mouth water!) and I find that it reall brings out the potato taste beautifully.

                        Fish as well is an obvious choice. Vinegar on batter makes it just superb and delicious.

                        Have you tried vinegar on any of these foods, Sarsons tastes great when added to:

                        Roast Potatoes - Add when they come straight out of the oven.

                        Green Salad - Sometime Balsamic Vinegar can be a bit too heavy - Sarsons liberally sprinked can make the lettuce seem crispier.

                        Fried Bacon - Just as it is removed from the pan...a dash of vinegar makes it taste even more delicious

                        Cheese on toast - Add some to the cheese with a dash of worcester sauce too... YUM!

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                        Traditionally brewed from only the finest natural ingredients, Sarson's malt vinegars are matured in vats to ensure the highest quality and to create the distinctive tangy Sarson's taste. Imported from England.