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Calvados

Calvados is a French apple brandy made from cider apples. The drink is named after the region in Normandy where it is produced. Calvados has a strong apple flavour. It is often served as an after-dinner drink or as a digestif.

Calvados is made by distilling cider or apple wine. The resulting spirit is then aged in oak barrels for several years. The longer the calvados is aged, the more mellow and smooth it becomes.

Calvados can be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, or in cocktails. It is also commonly used in cooking, particularly in dishes that feature apples or other fruits.

The Calvados region is located in Basse-Normandie (Lowe Normandy), where apple cider was brewed perhaps as early as the 8th century. Calvados is one of France’s best-loved brandies, though unlike the grape brandies Cognac and Armagnac, Calvados is distilled from cider.

Whilst the popularity of French apple brandy grew, taxation and prohibition more or less contained it within the Calvados area. After the French Revolution, when the area was properly identified, the term Calvados was already in common usage when referring to apple brandy. The phylloxera outbreak during the 19th century ruined so many vineyards that Calvados experienced a boom of popularity – it being unaffected by the pest.

Calvados is a very popular digestif, and in France, it is enjoyed as part of a “café-calva” – a hot coffee served with a glass of Calvados.

Calvados is distilled from a number of different apple varieties (over 200 are legally permitted), and it is not uncommon for there to be over 100 different varieties used to make a single Calvados. A combination of sweet, tart and inedible bitter apples are used to attain the right balance of flavour.

The apples are usually picked by hand and are pressed and fermented to make cider. This is then distilled; either twice in a traditional Alembic, or singly in a continuous column still. The former still produces complex, well-ageing Calvados and the latter accounts for fresh, tangy, approachable Calvados.

Calvados spirit is aged for a minimum of two years in oak casks, though it is not unusual for it to be aged for substantially longer – often decades.

Calvados is often enjoyed as part of “le trou Normand”, in which a small glass of Calvados is taken between courses in a meal, often with sorbet, as a palate cleanser.

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Avallen Calvados

70cl, 40%
Avallen

A delish drink that gives bees a boost AND is genuinely sustainable? Say hello to Avallen Calvados! The brand’s founders are on a mission to make the world better: as part of the 1% for the Planet…  More info

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$33.29
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Père Magloire - Fine Pays d'Auge Calvados

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

Père Magloire's Fine, or VS, from Normandy. A delicious entry level Calvados.  More info

Père Magloire - Fine Pays d'Auge Calvados
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$27.22
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Pere Magloire VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

A VSOP Calvados from Pere Magloire, made with apples taken exclusively from the Pays d'Auge area of Normandy. For the VSOP, Pere Magloire aged this Calvados in oak casks for at least four years…  More info

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$36.30
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Busnel Trois Lys Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Busnel

An entry level expression from one of the bigger Calvados brands in the region, Busnel. Elegant, balanced and sweet with a touch of nuttiness and vanilla on the mid palate.  More info

Busnel Trois Lys Calvados Pays d'Auge
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$23.14

Château Du Breuil 15 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

15 year old Calvados, produced for Château Du Breuil's scrumptious range of expressions. This is a double distilled Calvados, which spends a decade-and-a-half ageing in Normandy, before being…  More info

Château Du Breuil 15 Year Old Calvados
$63.54

Boulard VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Boulard

VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge from one of the most well-known and well-loved producers of the spirit - Boulard. Their VSOP is made with spirits that have aged for 4 to 10 years before being crafted into…  More info

Boulard VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge
$36.19

Berneroy VSOP Calvados

70cl, 40%
Berneroy

From the heart of the Calvados region, Berneroy aged this VSOP in Limousin oak for around 8 years. It has a great flavour and they recommend it with the cheeseboard, chocolate, or even as an…  More info

Berneroy VSOP Calvados
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$36.05
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Château du Breuil Fine Calvados

70cl, 40%
Château du Breuil

This Calvados from Château du Breuil is aged for 2 years before bottling, this was awarded a silver and "best in class" at the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition and a Bronze at the 2009…  More info

Château du Breuil Fine Calvados
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$27.67
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Pere Magloire Calvados XO Mémoire

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

A delicious Pere Magloire Calvados which has been created using spirits that have aged for at least 15 years. Enjoy neat or over ice, as the distillers recommend.  More info

Pere Magloire Calvados XO Mémoire
$92.03

Lemorton 1972 Vieux Calvados

70cl, 40%
Lemorton

A 1972 vintage Calvados from the Lemorton range. Lemorton have a different vintages of Calvados reaching back into the 1960s, as well as some very well-aged expressions - top-quality stuff for sure.  More info

Lemorton 1972 Vieux Calvados
$348.03

Domaine Dupont 1977 Millesime Calvados

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Distilled in 1977 and aged in oak vats and toasted oak barrels. This Domaine Dupont Calvados was bottled unfiltered and without being cold stabilized to maximise its concentration and complexity.…  More info

Domaine Dupont 1977 Millesime Calvados
$252.18

Sassy Calvados XO

70cl, 40%
Sassy

An excellent Calvados from Château de Sassy, made with its very own cider as the base. The cider itself has been aged, before being distilled and matured for at least six years, initially in small…  More info

Sassy Calvados XO
$50.39

Calvados Morin 20 Year Old XO Pays d'Auge

70cl, 42%
Morin

A Pays d'auge Calvados from Morin, aged for at least 20 years before bottling. A rich, flavoursome expression which should make for an excellent aperitif.  More info

Calvados Morin 20 Year Old XO Pays d'Auge
$95.27

Christian Drouin Long Pond Angels

70cl, 45%
Christian Drouin

Calvados producer Christian Drouin has gone and got its hands on more rum casks for finish its fantastic spirit. This time, however, the casks came from the Long Pond Distillery! Really fascinating…  More info

Christian Drouin Long Pond Angels
$90.74
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Calvados Domfrontais Hors D'age Domaine Pacory

70cl, 42%
Pacory

A Hors d'Auge Calvados Domfrontais from Domaine Pacory, made with a high percentage of pears as well as apples.  More info

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$40.30
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Hubert Calvados Pays d’Auge 2002

70cl, 42%
Hubert

Made by Michel Hubert on his farm in the Pay D'age les Vergers de la Moriniere county, Hubert Calvados Pays d’Auge 2002 is a sweet calvados made with no fewer than 15 apple varieties, as well as a…  More info

Hubert Calvados Pays d’Auge 2002
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$43.81

Christian Drouin Sélection Calvados

70cl, 40%
Christian Drouin

Sélection is the entry level expression from Christian Drouin's range - a young but flavoursome Calvados from the Domfront region, packed with vivid fruit notes. Suitable for use in cocktails and as…  More info

Christian Drouin Sélection Calvados
$34.23

Domfrontais 3 Star Calvados

70cl, 42%
Pacory

This is Pacory's 3 Star Calvados, which has been aged for three years before bottling. Bright and lively with fresh apple notes throughout.  More info

Domfrontais 3 Star Calvados
$33.39

Busnel 12 Year Old Pays d'Auge XO

70cl, 43%
Busnel

12 year old Pays d'Auge Calvados from one of the best in the business – Busnel! Gloriously jam-packed full of apple notes, with wafts of vanilla and oak along the way. Great for an alternative to…  More info

Busnel 12 Year Old Pays d'Auge XO
$50.18

Pâpidoux Fine Calvados

70cl, 40%
Pâpidoux

The entry-level Calvados from well-known producer, Pâpidoux. Refreshing and juicy, though not without depth of spicy, oak-y qualities. A wonderful alternative disgestif if you're looking for a change…  More info

Pâpidoux Fine Calvados
$32.19

Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados 70cl

70cl, 40%
Boulard

Boulard Grand Solage is a sweet, rich Calvados made with cider that has been double-distilled. The eaux-de-vie used in the Grand Solage ranges between 2 to 5 year old. The Boulard Calvados company…  More info

Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados 70cl
$32.27

Christian Drouin VSOP Calvados

70cl, 40%
Christian Drouin

VSOP Calvados from the incredible Christian Drouin range, which enjoys a double distillation before being set aside for a slumber in 225-litre ex-wine casks. Calvados makes for a marvellous…  More info

Christian Drouin VSOP Calvados
$51.40

Père Magloire VSOP Single Malt Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

A splendid Calvados from Père Magloire in Normandy, which has a history dating back to 1821! This particular expression was initially matured in French oak, before being transferred into single malt…  More info

Père Magloire VSOP Single Malt Cask Finish
$49.67

Adrien Camut 6 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

When your family has been in the Calvados business for almost two centuries, you've probably picked up a few tricks of the trade to make some spectacular spirits. Adrien Camut's family has indeed…  More info

Adrien Camut 6 Year Old Calvados
$72.07

Busnel VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Busnel

The VSOP expression from Pays d'Auge Calvados producer, Busnel. Following its double distillation, this Calvados spends at least 4 years in oak casks before being bottled, resulting in a depth of…  More info

Busnel VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge
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$30

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