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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.  The appellation “Calvados” however, is a much more modern term officially given 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 top cru, 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.  The industry is small and has not grown significantly since the war, so vintages are relatively scarce.  Anything made before 1960 is considered “old”.

A range of different apples are used initially to create the finest cidre - bitter, bitter sweet, acidic and sweet.  These apples have low levels of acidity so small, firm, Perry pears are also added.  This addition, usually 12 – 15 % of the total, is essential as it increases the acidity of the cidre to the level required for distillation.  Therefore some calvados, especially young ones, can have a pear drop taste which many people dislike.  With long barrel ageing this is significantly reduced because the calvados builds a richness which masks the pungency of the Perry pear.  Another method of masking this flavour is to harvest only naturally fallen apples which have started to go brown.  At this stage the water content of the apple has dropped and the sugar content is at its highest.  These apples produce a sweeter cider and ultimately a sweeter calvados, with baked apple aromas and flavours.

At Brandyclassics we only stock Pays d’Auge calvados which have been well-aged.  It is becoming 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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