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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 Vintage 1969

    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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Currants and pears, vanilla and apple, sweet toffee but also drier walnut tones
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some fruit cake and sweet apple flavours. The pear is apparent but not overbearing and does not hide a wonderful balance developed from good distilling and the natural ageing process. This is intensely rich, a treasure!
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    Excl. VAT: £266.00 Incl. VAT: £319.20

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    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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Currants and pears, vanilla and apple, sweet toffee but also drier walnut tones
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some fruit cake and sweet apple flavours. The pear is apparent but not overbearing and does not hide a wonderful balance developed from good distilling and the natural ageing process. This is intensely rich, a treasure!
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  2. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1963
    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.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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    Excl. VAT: £314.77 Incl. VAT: £377.72

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    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.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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  3. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1958
    A very old producer who has made this from just apples. It has a much sharper flavour than the more traditional qualities but a fine example of this firms skills.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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    Excl. VAT: £471.04 Incl. VAT: £565.25

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    A very old producer who has made this from just apples. It has a much sharper flavour than the more traditional qualities but a fine example of this firms skills.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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  4. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1939
    Only one bottle remaining
    The oldest calvados that we know of. It has a dried apple skin aroma and a slightly musty flavour consistent with these old calvas
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light apple aromas with a slightly musty and lingering finish indicating long ageing in oak
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A faint musty hint of dried apple provides a delicate flavour for this AOC calvados.
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    Excl. VAT: £924.79 Incl. VAT: £1,109.75

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    The oldest calvados that we know of. It has a dried apple skin aroma and a slightly musty flavour consistent with these old calvas
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light apple aromas with a slightly musty and lingering finish indicating long ageing in oak
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A faint musty hint of dried apple provides a delicate flavour for this AOC calvados.
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