Calvados

Apple brandy was probably used during the Napoleonic wars as both an antiseptic and anaesthetic; it was certainly supplied to many of the French ships for their sailors when they called into the Normandy ports but the appellation “Calvados” is a much more modern term officially given to the appellation in 1942 although the name was given to a Normandy department in 1790.

Driving from the Normandy ports in a southerly direction one passes the apple and pear orchards of the Pays d’Auge, a land famous for its cheese and cidre, the basis of the calvados spirit. Like cognac, calvados must be double-distilled in pot stills and aged in oak casks but because the industry is small and has not grown significantly since the war, vintages are relatively scarce and hard to come by, anything before 1960 is considered “old”. At Brandyclassics we do stock a few older ages but it is increasingly difficult to find rare, vintage Calvados.

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  1. Calvados Dupont Pays d'Auge - More than 12 y.o.

    Calvados Dupont Pays d'Auge - More than 12 y.o.

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    Excl. VAT: £64.79 Incl. VAT: £77.75

    Dupont are probably the finest traditional calvados producer in Normandy. We believe that calvados younger than about 8 years old is best used in cooking but this 12 year old blend is a fine example of their understanding of this fine spirit. Learn More
  2. Calvados Château du Breuil 15 Year Old

    Calvados Château du Breuil 15 Year Old

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    Excl. VAT: £75.34 Incl. VAT: £90.41

    International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 - Gold Medal

    You have to imagine the smell as a child, coming home from school just as granny is taking a fruit cake out of the oven, this calvados is full of sultana and baked apple aromas and a rich baked apple taste. It is made from 80% fallen apples that have a higher sugar content.

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  3. Pomme Prisonniere

    Pomme Prisonniere

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    Excl. VAT: £75.85 Incl. VAT: £91.02

    An apple in a bottle. Drouin produce some 10,000 of these every year and the orchards are rather interesting to see as they are all hung with apples growing in bottles. Only the finest are used and the calvados helps to preserve the apple. Learn More
  4. Pomme Captive

    Pomme Captive

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    Excl. VAT: £79.04 Incl. VAT: £94.85

    This highly specialised product contains an attractive apple macerating in calvados. It is created in the spring when a carafe is suspended from the branch of the apple tree as soon as the first little apple appears; it then continues to grow inside. When the fruit has ripened the carafe is removed from the tree with its apple held captive inside.

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  5. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1989

    Calvados Dupont Vintage 1989

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    Excl. VAT: £85.42 Incl. VAT: £102.50

    A clean fresh tasting calvados with distinctive pear tones. Pears are used in distillation to improve acidity. Apples alone do not provide sufficient acid levels , essential for distillation. Learn More
  6. Calvados Chateau du Breuil 20 y.o. Reserve de Signeurs

    Calvados Chateau du Breuil 20 y.o. Reserve de Signeurs

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    Excl. VAT: £90.56 Incl. VAT: £108.67

    A taste of sweet baked apples with an over indulgent richness. There are 5 apple varieties with only 20% being picked from the tree the remainder are fallen apples with higher sugar content. Learn More
  7. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1980

    Calvados Dupont Vintage 1980

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    Excl. VAT: £123.92 Incl. VAT: £148.70

    Starting to develop a rancio richness, this is a drier calvados but full of apple flavours. It still has a cleanness but has lost some of the pear drop qualities that most calvados has in their first years. Learn More
  8. Calvados Dupont Pays d'Auge - More than 30 y.o.

    Calvados Dupont Pays d'Auge - More than 30 y.o.

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    Excl. VAT: £145.07 Incl. VAT: £174.08

    The 30 year old Dupont calvados is quite special as it has many fine qualities only associated with much older calvados. Dupont hs always made superb calvados and this is no exception. A very large difficulty with making calvados is the need to use pears for acidity which leave a pear drop flavour. In the 30 y.o. the pear drop aroma and flavour is not very noticeable and it is well balanced and smooth. Learn More
  9. Dupont Vintage 1977 Calvados Cask Strength 45%

    Dupont Vintage 1977 Calvados Cask Strength 45%

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    Excl. VAT: £159.27 Incl. VAT: £191.12

    Bottled at cask strength to maximise its complexity and flavour, this calvados is distilled from bittersweet and tart apples before being aged in oak barrels. The result is a spicy, citrus flavoured calvados with nutmeg and vanilla tones.

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  10. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1979

    Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1979

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    Excl. VAT: £206.42 Incl. VAT: £247.70

    Out of stock

    The taste of cider apples is prominent in this calvados. It has a drier flavour than other calvados from the Pays d’Auge where pear drop aromas are not so prominent Learn More
  11. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1969

    Calvados Dupont Vintage 1969

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    Excl. VAT: £257.32 Incl. VAT: £308.78

    Intense and rich baked apple flavours that hide much of the pear tastes found in younger calvas. This is due mainly to the development of the congenors from the tannins which create greater richness. Learn More
  12. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1963

    Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1963

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    Excl. VAT: £314.77 Incl. VAT: £377.72

    Out of stock

    Produced in a traditional distillery by the family Drouin, the apples are pressed only once to produce cidre of the best quality before aging in oak barrels. Learn More

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