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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.

Domaine Dupont Calvados Pays d'Auge Vieille Réserve

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Domaine Dupont's Vieille Réserve Calvados Pays d'Auge is matured for 4 years in 400 litre oak barrels, 25% of which are new. A refreshing, flavoursome spirit, perfect as an after-dinner drink.  More info

Domaine Dupont Calvados Pays d'Auge Vieille Réserve

Pére François VS Calvados

70cl, 40%
Pére François

This is the VS Calvados from the Père Francoise, a good entry level expression for those of you looking for a yummy alternative digestif spirit. This has been aged in Limousin oak casks.  More info

Pére François VS Calvados

Le Clos d'Orval 18 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 40%
Le Clos d'Orval

A well aged expression from Calvados producers Le Clos d'Orval. This Calvados has been matured in oak casks for 18 long years, developing exceptional, refined notes throughout. They've done those…  More info

Le Clos d'Orval 18 Year Old Calvados

Roger Groult 15 Year Old

70cl, 41%
Roger Groult

15 year old Calvados from Pays d'Auge, made by Roger Groult, a highly respect name in the Calvados industry. We imagine he's quite proud of his produce, not unlike the chap on the presentation box,…  More info

Roger Groult 15 Year Old

Adrien Camut 12 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 40%
Adrien Camut

This is a delicious 12 year old Calvados produced at the Domaine de Semainville in the heart of the Pays d'Auge. The spirit is aged in oak barrels which are never more than 75% full. This increases…  More info

Adrien Camut 12 Year Old Calvados

Adrien Camut 6 Year Old Calvados 40%

70cl, 40%
Adrien Camut

The Camut family has been making calvados for nearly two centuries. This is a delicious spirit created in pot stills, the oldest of which dates back to the 1920s. The result is a big, spiced apple…  More info

Adrien Camut 6 Year Old Calvados 40%
$55.03

Adrien Camut Reserve de Semainville

70cl, 40%
Adrien Camut

Aged for between 20 and 25 years, this is a voluptuous, complex Calvados from top producers Adrien Camut. The ultimate digestif? Quite possibly…  More info

Adrien Camut Reserve de Semainville
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Fermicalva Calvados Fermier - 1960s

70cl, 42%
Fermicalva

Apples! Gorgeous fruits! No peeling, no mess, portable - they've got it all and more. They even make Calvados! This is a 1960s bottle of Calvados from Fermicalva, a neat piece of history from our…  More info

Fermicalva Calvados Fermier - 1960s

Lemorton Vieux Calvados 25 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Lemorton

Rich and very tasty 25 year old Calvados from Lemorton, the top producer in the Domfrontais region.  More info

Lemorton Vieux Calvados 25 Year Old

Domfrontais 20 Year Old Calvados (40%)

70cl, 40%
Pacory

Calvados makes for an excellent alternative to after-dinner whiskies or Cognac, and this 20 year old expression from Pacory would certainly round off a fine meal perfectly.  More info

Domfrontais 20 Year Old Calvados (40%)

Le Clos d'Orval 25 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 40%
Le Clos d'Orval

This Le Clos d'Orval Calvados spends a quarter of a century resting in oak casks before being bottled! 25 years is a long time, but the cider-based spirit from Le Clos d'Orval stands up to it very…  More info

Le Clos d'Orval 25 Year Old Calvados

Domaine Dupont 1997 35cl

35cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

A half bottle of Domaine Dupont's 1997 Calvados. They make this with a mix of 30% sweet apples, 30% bitter, and 40% highly acidic apples. The result is a great deal of complexity and balance.  More info

Domaine Dupont 1997 35cl

Domaine Dupont 1997

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Made by Domaine Dupont in the heart of the Pays d'Auge region of Calvados, this is a lovely 1997 vintage, made with a mix of 30% sweet apples, 30% bitter and 40% acidic. Perfectly rounded.  More info

Domaine Dupont 1997
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Domaine Dupont VSOP Calvados 1.5l

150cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Produced in the heart of the Calvados region, this is a fine, aromatic spirit, with notes of butterscotch, apple and spice.  More info

Domaine Dupont VSOP Calvados 1.5l

Boulard Hors d'Age Pays d'Auge Calvados

70cl, 43%
Boulard

Hors d'Age Calvados from renowned producer, Boulard. Made with a selection of Pays d'Auge Calvados, which have been matured between 10 and 20 years, this expression strikes a great balance between…  More info

Boulard Hors d'Age Pays d'Auge Calvados

Château du Breuil Millésime 1994

70cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

A 1994 vintage Château du Breuil, distilled from apples grown on the company's 22,000 apple trees in Normandy.  More info

Château du Breuil Millésime 1994

Domaine Dupont 1977 Calvados 42%

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

From the extensive Domaine Dupont cellars comes a 1977 vintage Calvados, which is bottled at cask strength without filtration. This is matured initially in 1200 litres oak casks before being moved…  More info

Domaine Dupont 1977 Calvados 42%

Calvados Coquerel Vieux (3 Year Old)

70cl, 40%
Domaine du Coquerel

This calvados is distilled in a still using the continuous distillation process and is matured in small oak barrels. Vieux is based on a blend of different apples.  More info

Calvados Coquerel Vieux (3 Year Old)

Lemorton 20 Year Old Vieux Calvados

70cl, 40%
Lemorton

20 year old Calvados, produced by the Lemorton family. While Calvados is often seen as a mostly cider-apple-based spirit, Lemorton use a rather high percentage of pears in their expressions - not…  More info

Lemorton 20 Year Old Vieux Calvados

Adrien Camut Privilège

70cl, 40%
Adrien Camut

Aged for between 15 and 18 years, this is a wonderfully aromatic Calvados from Adrien Camut.  More info

Adrien Camut Privilège
$104.05

Domaine Christian Drouin 15 Year Old Calvados (Alchemist)

70cl, 42%
Christian Drouin

15 year old Calvados, bottled by Alchemist. This is produced at Domaine Christian Drouin, a Calvados producer of legendary esteem.  More info

Domaine Christian Drouin 15 Year Old Calvados (Alchemist)

Boulard XO Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Boulard

XO Calvados from the Boulard folks! This is made with apple-based spirits from Pays d'Auge which have matured in oak for 6 to 15 years. An excellent expression, jam packed with creamy apple, rich…  More info

Boulard XO Calvados Pays d'Auge
$42.44

Calvados Coquerel Fine (2 Year Old)

70cl, 40%
Domaine du Coquerel

Fine Coquerel is distilled using the continuous distillation process, and matured in small oak barrels. It's an apply calvados blended from spirit aged two years minimum.  More info

Calvados Coquerel Fine (2 Year Old)

Calvados Coquerel XO (8 Year Old)

70cl, 40%
Domaine du Coquerel

A deliciously soft, rich and fruity Calvados made with spirit aged for between eight and fifteen years in oak. For the first part of its maturation, Calvados Coquerel is rested in new oak barrels,…  More info

Calvados Coquerel XO (8 Year Old)

Domaine Dupont 1989 Calvados

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

1989 Vintage Calvados from top producer Domaine Dupont, aged in 400 litre casks from the Loire valley. Dupont use a selection of apples, 30% sweet, 40% highly acidic and 30% bitter. The result is a…  More info

Domaine Dupont 1989 Calvados

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