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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.

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
$76.61

Boulard VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados - Rye Cask Finish (Batch 3)

70cl, 40%
Boulard

The third batch of Calvados from Boulard which has been given a finishing period in casks that previously held rye whiskey. This series has seen the top Calvados producer finish its spirit in a…  More info

Boulard VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados - Rye Cask Finish (Batch 3)
$49.37

Boulard VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados - Bourbon Cask Finish (Batch 2)

70cl, 44%
Boulard

It's the second batch of bourbon-cask-matured Calvados from the Boulard team! The additional helpings of vanilla, buttery corn, and pepper spice imparted by the bourbon casks work very well with the…  More info

Boulard VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados - Bourbon Cask Finish (Batch 2)
$46.95

Château du Breuil VSOP Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Château du Breuil

Château du Breuil VSOP is distilled from fruit from the 42 hectares of hillside orchards before maturation in Troncais or Limousin oak. Soft and rounded.  More info

Château du Breuil VSOP Pays d'Auge
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Calvados Morin 15 Year Old

70cl, 42%
Morin

Beautifully well-aged Calvados from top producer, Morin. They age this expression in 300-litre Limousin oak casks for 15 years, before bottling it at 42% ABV. Should make for a great aperitif or…  More info

Calvados Morin 15 Year Old

Anée Calvados Pays D'Auge Millesime 1988

70cl, 42%
Anée

A glorious 1988 vintage Calvados, produced by the Busnel Distillery in the Pays d'Auge region of Normandy. Cask matured and bottled for the Anée collection, it's a splendidly flavoursome example of…  More info

Anée Calvados Pays D'Auge Millesime 1988

Château du Breuil 14 Year Old

70cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

A delectable 14 year old Calvados from Château du Breuil. There are 22,000 apple trees surrounding the Château.  More info

Château du Breuil 14 Year Old

Château du Breuil Réserve des Etoiles

70cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

It's the rich, warming Réserve des Etoiles from Château du Breuil, featuring spirits up to 30 years old! A toasty, silky Calvados from the ever-wonderful producer. It's name translates as 'reserve of…  More info

Château du Breuil Réserve des Etoiles

Pere Magloire VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados 35cl

35cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

VSOP Calvados from the iconic Pere Magloire, aged in oak casks for at least four years before blending and bottling. This is a half bottle, and though the bottle may be smaller, the massive orchard…  More info

Pere Magloire VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados 35cl
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Domfrontais VSOP Calvados

70cl, 42%
Pacory

VSOP Calvados from little-known producer, Pacory. Very light and easy-going with plenty of fruit up-front.  More info

Domfrontais VSOP Calvados

Boulard XO Auguste Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Boulard

This XO Calvados from Normandy distillery Boulard is named in homage to their founder, Pierre Auguste. All the way back in 1825, he opened the house, and since then, the great Calvados has been…  More info

Boulard XO Auguste Calvados Pays d'Auge

Domaine Dupont 12 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Made from apples that are mixed, crushed and pressed before the juice is fermented into cider to be distilled. Six months after fermentation, the cider then undergoes a double distillation before…  More info

Domaine Dupont 12 Year Old Calvados

Domaine Dupont 1975 Pays D'Auge Calvados

70cl, 41%
Domaine Dupont

Dupont is a third generation producer situated in the top Calvados-producing region known as Pays d’Auge. Family-owned, the estate is currently run by Etienne Dupont who took over from his father…  More info

Domaine Dupont 1975 Pays D'Auge Calvados

Château du Breuil Calvados Royal

70cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

Château du Breuil guard the secrets to this, their top of the range Calvados, very closely. We're told that it's very old, and that the blend is painstakingly crafted with great skill by the Cellar…  More info

Château du Breuil Calvados Royal
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Domaine Dupont Millésime 1977

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

A 1977 vintage very well-aged Calvados from top producer Domaine Dupont!  More info

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1977

Christian Drouin Early Landed Calvados 2000

70cl, 41.4%
Christian Drouin

A particularly intriguing Calvados from Christian Drouin. The story for this one begins in 2000, when the spirit was distilled. A sherry cask full of the spirit was sent over to Bristol for…  More info

Christian Drouin Early Landed Calvados 2000

Château du Breuil Réserve du Château

70cl, 40%
Château du Breuil

Réserve du Château is an 8 year old Calvados from Château du Breuil, carefully matured for a wonderful aroma of walnut, almond and vanilla. Awarded a silver and a "best in class" at the International…  More info

Château du Breuil Réserve du Château

Calvados Morin VSOP

70cl, 40%
Morin

Marvellous Calvados (Marvados?) from the Morin House, which has been in the business of making apple-based deliciousness since 1889 in the heart of the Normandy region.  More info

Calvados Morin VSOP

Pere Magloire Calvados Duc de Normandie

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

A simple, elegant Calvados from Pere Magaloire, a well-known producer of top quality Calvados. Enjoy as an after-dinner drink, or try your hand at using it in a tasty, refreshing cocktail.  More info

Pere Magloire Calvados Duc de Normandie
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Calvados Morin 1973

70cl, 43%
Morin

1973. A good year for music (Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Pin Ups by David Bowie, Raw Power by Iggy and the Stooges), and the same year that this Calvados was distilled by Morin! Top stuff.  More info

Calvados Morin 1973

Lecompte 5 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 40%
Distillerie Lecompte

This elegant 5 year-old vintage is prepared using apples and cider obtained exclusively from the Calvados Pays d'Auge Appellation. The ageing process entails the production of new casks using a…  More info

Lecompte 5 Year Old Calvados

Michel Huard 1979 Vieux Calvados

70cl, 40%
Michel Huard

Michel Huard has been based at its Normandy site for five generations and is regarded as one of the finest producers from the AOC Calvados region. This is a collectible bottling of its 1979 vintage…  More info

Michel Huard 1979 Vieux Calvados

Busnel Vieille Reserve VSOP Calvados - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Busnel

Busnel has long been recognized as a premium brand for Calvados, so this Vieille Reserve VSOP should be a real favourite for collectors. It was produced in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Busnel Vieille Reserve VSOP Calvados - 1970s

Boulard Extra Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Boulard

After seven years of crafting, Boulard finally settled on the recipe for their Boulard Extra, made with a selection of very old and elegant Calvados. It was certainly worth the time, as this…  More info

Boulard Extra Calvados Pays d'Auge

Domaine Dupont Plus De 17 Ans

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

The 30 hectare Dupont estate in Normandy has become recognised worldwide for the quality of the calvados produced there. This 17yo is no exception and like all bottlings from Dupont, really reflects…  More info

Domaine Dupont Plus De 17 Ans

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