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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.

Adrien Camut 12 Year Old Calvados 41%

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

12 year old Calvados from Adrien Camut. When maturing their Calvados, they don't fill the barrels right to the top - they fill them to 75% full, as this increases the rate of oxidation, naturally…  More info

Adrien Camut 12 Year Old Calvados 41%
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$107.27

Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados 50cl

50cl, 40%
Boulard

A 50cl bottling of Boulard's scrummy Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados, made with eaux-de-vie which has been matured for 2 to 5 years before blending and bottling.  More info

Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados 50cl
$26.56

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
$52.08

Domaine Dupont Pomme Captive Calvados

70cl, 40%
Domaine Dupont

A bottle of young Calvados containing a 'captive apple'. Each carafe is suspended from the branches of apple trees in the springtime before the first apples appear. The apple then grows inside the…  More info

Domaine Dupont Pomme Captive Calvados
$102.15

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
$255.51

Château du Breuil 12 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

A cracking Calvados from Normandy's Château du Breuil. This expression spent a dozen years maturing in oak casks, giving the fruit-forward spirit plenty of time to take on a delicate, woody…  More info

Château du Breuil 12 Year Old Calvados
$55.64

Berneroy Fine Calvados

70cl, 40%
Berneroy

Berneroy Fine is a beautiful Calvados with notes of fresh apples and buttery vanilla.  More info

Berneroy Fine Calvados
$31.70

Roger Groult Réserve Ancestrale

70cl, 40%
Roger Groult

The Groult family has been producing its well renowned Calvados for five generations – since back in 1860! In this time, the family developed a skill for creating perpetual blends that is still…  More info

Roger Groult Réserve Ancestrale
$343.26

Calvados Morin 10 Year Old

70cl, 42%
Morin

This is the 10 year old expression from Calvados Morin, who have been producing their splendid apple-based deliciousness in Normandy since 1889! This'll make for a tasty after-dinner treat...  More info

Calvados Morin 10 Year Old
$66.88

Adrien Camut Reserve de Semainville 41%

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

An absolutely gorgeous Calvados from Adrien Camut, made using spirits which have been aged between 20 and 25 years. This'll make for an astonishing aperitif.  More info

Adrien Camut Reserve de Semainville 41%
$173.70

Calvados Morin 2003 Triple Cask

70cl, 43%
Morin

Behold, a 2003 vintage Calvados from the ever-wonderful Morin! Dubbed Triple Cask, this fruity spirit was also treated to a Sauternes cask finish before bottling, so it's packed full of orchard fruit…  More info

Calvados Morin 2003 Triple Cask
$92.95

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
$33.83

Domaine Dupont VSOP Calvados

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

This delectable VSOP Calvados was created by the Etienne family in the heart of the Calvados region. Domaine Dupont VSOP is juicy, crisp and fruity.  More info

Domaine Dupont VSOP Calvados
$53.14

Christian Drouin 1970 Calvados Pays D'Auge

70cl, 42%
Christian Drouin

A supremely well-aged Calvados from Christian Drouin, this one was distilled back in 1970, when the king of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley ruled the music charts! It was aged in oak for most of its days,…  More info

Christian Drouin 1970 Calvados Pays D'Auge
$407.79

Pere Magloire Calvados XO (50cl)

50cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

XO Calvados here from the famous Pere Magloire range - just the ticket if you're looking for an alternative to whisky for you after-dinner drinks. The XO spends at least 9 years ageing in oak casks…  More info

Pere Magloire Calvados XO (50cl)
$62.34

Busnel Calvados Pays D'Auge 1988 Millesime

70cl, 42%
Busnel

1988 was a good year. We saw Tom Hanks star in Big as well as the release of, arguably, one of the best feature length animated films ever made; The Land Before Time. Whilst all that excitement was…  More info

Busnel Calvados Pays D'Auge 1988 Millesime
$84.32

Roger Groult Doyen d’Age

70cl, 41%
Roger Groult

An exceptional Calvados here from Roger Groult, featuring some well-aged spirits among the blend. If you're looking for something incredibly rewarding to sip on, and you have a penchant for…  More info

Roger Groult Doyen d’Age
$149.17

Christian Drouin Hors d’Age Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 42%
Christian Drouin

The Hors d'Age Calvados Pays d'Auge from little-known producer Christian Drouin, spends 15 years matured in oak casks before it's ready to be enjoyed. Following its long maturation, this intense…  More info

Christian Drouin Hors d’Age Calvados Pays d'Auge
$89.87

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1988

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Well-aged Calvados from the fantastic Domaine Dupont range, distilled in 1988. Explore history via the medium of distilled apples!  More info

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1988
$121.91

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1980

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

A long-aged Calvados from the respected distillers at Domaine Dupont - this vintage offering was distilled back in 1980! Would make for a superb aperitif or pair handsomely with a dark chocolate…  More info

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1980
$250.39

Lemorton Rareté Vieux Calvados

70cl, 40%
Lemorton

Domfront, at the south of Calvados, is home to the Lemorton family. They create their elegant, fruity Calvados with a blend of 70% pears and 30% apples. They age the cider in oak for almost a year…  More info

Lemorton Rareté Vieux Calvados
$710.31

Adrien Camut Prestige Calvados

70cl, 40%
Adrien Camut

Aged for between 40 and 50 years, Adrien Camut distil this the family's stills, one of which was made in the 1920s! The spirit enters the barrels at 62%abv, and after maturation this offers up notes…  More info

Adrien Camut Prestige Calvados
$470.14

Lemorton Vieux Calvados 1985

70cl, 40%
Lemorton

A vintage Calvados that reaches far back into the warehouses of Lemorton - this particular bottling is made exclusively with Calvados distilled in 1985! Impressively old stuff.  More info

Lemorton Vieux Calvados 1985
$218.71

Boulard VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados - Wheat Whiskey Cask Finish

70cl, 44%
Boulard

Boulard has finished its Calvados in bourbon casks, in rye casks, and now, the team has gone and used wheat whiskey casks! Not a common cask type for finishing spirits at all – we're really…  More info

Boulard VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados - Wheat Whiskey Cask Finish
$50.71

Boulard XO Calvados Pays d'Auge - Double Barrel Finish

70cl, 43%
Boulard

A rather interesting expression from Boulard, made with Calvados that has been initially aged in French oak casks before enjoying a second maturation in casks used for bourbon and rye! A tremendous…  More info

Boulard XO Calvados Pays d'Auge - Double Barrel Finish
$76.60

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