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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%
1
$107.27

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
$73.02

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
$470.14

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%
$137.98

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
$244.80

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
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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

Avallen Calvados
11
$33.73
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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

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
$19.91

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
4
$36.52
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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
1
$46.34

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
$366.99
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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

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
$32.72

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
$36.65

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
$46.95

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

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)
$49.36

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

Boulard XO Calvados Pays d'Auge - Mizunara Cask Finish

70cl, 42%
Boulard

Boulard has been experimenting with a host of different cask types to mature its Calvados in, and the team has picked an incredibly intriguing one here – Mizunara oak from Japan! We've seen some…  More info

Boulard XO Calvados Pays d'Auge - Mizunara Cask Finish
$92.14

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
$50.84

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

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
3
$23.45

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
2
$30.39

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