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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 1988
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    A silky smooth eau-de-vie made from 80% bittersweet apples and 20% acidic ones producing well integrated flavours of apple, vanilla and orange.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense and well balanced; the aromas of the calvados left on the sides of the emptied glass reveal a great deal .
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A silky smooth eau-de-vie with well integrated flavours of apple, vanilla and orange.
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    Regular Price: £151.20

    Special Price Excl. VAT: £113.40 Incl. VAT: £136.08

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    A silky smooth eau-de-vie made from 80% bittersweet apples and 20% acidic ones producing well integrated flavours of apple, vanilla and orange.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense and well balanced; the aromas of the calvados left on the sides of the emptied glass reveal a great deal .
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A silky smooth eau-de-vie with well integrated flavours of apple, vanilla and orange.
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  2. Calvados Dupont Pays d'Auge - More than 30 y.o.
    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.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is quite rich and fruity but not losing the apple aroma, combined with rose hip jelly and burnt raw tobacco
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a smooth taste but there is a richness and style that is far superior to many other calvados products. Starts with a yeast dough flavour and develops into dried apple, finishing with mace. Good balance
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    Excl. VAT: £145.07 Incl. VAT: £174.08

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    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.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is quite rich and fruity but not losing the apple aroma, combined with rose hip jelly and burnt raw tobacco
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a smooth taste but there is a richness and style that is far superior to many other calvados products. Starts with a yeast dough flavour and develops into dried apple, finishing with mace. Good balance
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  3. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1980
    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.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Slightly musty apple with pear drop in the background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Starts with flavours of mature pear, young apple and ugli fruit and ends with burnt sugar and mace
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    Excl. VAT: £177.90 Incl. VAT: £213.48

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    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.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Slightly musty apple with pear drop in the background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Starts with flavours of mature pear, young apple and ugli fruit and ends with burnt sugar and mace
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