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Berneroy Calvados

In the picturesque Normandy region of France, renowned for its lush orchards and centuries-old traditions, lies the heart of one of the most iconic apple brandies: Calvados. Among the esteemed producers of this spirit, Berneroy Calvados stands out as a beacon of dedication to craft, authenticity, and excellence.

Historical Roots:Calvados, at its core, is a tale as old as time. Its roots stretch back to the mediaeval ages, where monks in monasteries practised the art of distillation. Berneroy, as a brand, might not date back quite as far, but its commitment to preserving this historical method of apple brandy production gives it an age-old charm.

The Art of Production:Berneroy’s process is a meticulously orchestrated ballet of nature and craftsmanship. It begins with the selection of a variety of apples – from bittersweet to tart. These apples, grown in the verdant orchards of Normandy, are pressed into cider and then fermented into a dry version. This cider, rich in flavours, undergoes a single-column distillation process, after which it’s aged in oak barrels.

A Symphony of Flavours:Berneroy Calvados is not just a drink; it’s an experience. As it ages, it interacts with the wood, drawing out complex flavours and aromas. On the nose, one can often detect notes of ripe apples, cut hay, and a hint of butterscotch. On the palate, it’s a symphony of flavours: baked apple, spiced fruit, and the subtle warmth of toasted oak. The finish is smooth, with lingering notes of apple tart and a gentle warmth that dances on the tongue.

Berneroy's Offerings:While Calvados can be broadly categorised into three main types based on age – Fine, Vieux, and XO – Berneroy offers a range that caters to varied palates. Whether you’re seeking a younger, vibrant spirit or a mature, intricate profile, Berneroy has something in its cellar to enchant you.

Beyond the Glass:Calvados, and especially the versions crafted by Berneroy, is versatile. While it’s a delight to sip on its own, perhaps by a crackling fire on a chilly evening, it’s also an excellent addition to cocktails. From a classic Calvados cocktail to modern mixology creations, Berneroy adds depth and character to any concoction.

Moreover, in Normandy, it’s customary to enjoy a “Trou Normand” or “Norman Hole” in the middle of a lengthy meal. A small glass of Calvados is consumed to rejuvenate the palate and make room for more delicious French dishes. Berneroy, with its balanced flavour profile, serves this purpose wonderfully.

Berneroy Calvados is more than a spirit; it's a journey through time and tradition. It encapsulates the essence of Normandy, from its fertile orchards to its rich history. Every sip is a tribute to the artisans who, through dedication and passion, bring this exquisite drink to life. In a world constantly seeking the new and the novel, Berneroy reminds us of the timeless beauty found in tradition and craft.

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