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Calvados

The Calvados region is located in Basse-Normandie (Lowe Normandy), where apple cider was brewed perhaps as early as the 8th century and, today, 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, and 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.

The 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.

Did you know?... ...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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$103.98

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
$70.02

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
$372.55
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Adrien Camut Privilège 41%

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

A smashing expression from Calvados producer, Adrien Camut, made using spirits aged between 15 and 18 years. Great as an alternative postprandial tipple to whisky and Cognac.  More info

Adrien Camut Privilège 41%
$136.83

Adrien Camut Reserve d'Adrien

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

Another very fine, and very old calvados from Adrien Camut. This is a rich, aromatic spirit with oodles of complexity, as you might expect from a calvados composed of spirit aged for between 35 and…  More info

Adrien Camut Reserve d'Adrien
$262.27
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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%
$186.10

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: every bottle bought sees a donation…  More info

Avallen Calvados
6
$37.17

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
$32.44

Berneroy Fine Calvados 35cl

35cl, 40%
Berneroy

This is a half bottle of Fine Calvados (Calvados aged for over 2 years), it's a fruity, buttery, creamy spirit from Berneroy.  More info

Berneroy Fine Calvados 35cl
$21.33

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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$35.95

Berneroy XO Calvados

70cl, 40%
Berneroy

An XO Calvados from Berneroy - situated in the heart of the region. This is Berneroy's premium expression, a blend that features Calvados which has been well aged in oak casks. It is brilliantly…  More info

Berneroy XO Calvados
$49.64

Blangy Fine Calvados du Prieure - 1970s

Blangy

This 1970s Calvados was sourced from Blangy, a small town situated in the valley of the River Bresle which forms the border between Normandy and Picardie. Prieure is French for 'prioress', a woman…  More info

Blangy Fine Calvados du Prieure - 1970s
$105.12

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
$25.06

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
$37.59

Boulard VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados - Bourbon Cask Finish

70cl, 44%
Boulard

The first of a new series for Boulard Calvados, which will see its marvellous apple-based brandy finished in a variety of casks - this particular expression has enjoyed a finishing period in bourbon…  More info

Boulard VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados - Bourbon Cask Finish
$53.60

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
$170.48

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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$25.18

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

Calvados Domfrontais Hors D'age  Domaine Pacory
$41.67

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
$67.16

Calvados Morin 35 Year Old - Henri IV

70cl, 45%
Morin

Old Calvados is a glorious thing that we don't see nearly enough of these days - which is why we're more than happy to show off this 35 year old Calvados from the long-running producer, Morin (who…  More info

Calvados Morin 35 Year Old - Henri IV
$199.71

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
$47.91

Christian Drouin - Calvados XO Pierre Pivet

70cl, 42%
Christian Drouin

A handsome release from Christian Drouin's range of Calvados - this is an XO expression presented in a carafe and named after Pierre Pivet, Drouin's first distiller.  More info

Christian Drouin - Calvados XO Pierre Pivet
$144.29
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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
$93.02
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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
$65.65

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
$192.41

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