Calvados refers to a geographical particularity of the Norman coast, close to Arromanches, the famous D Day landing point in the calvados county, where two bare cliffs (bold -calva in latin- backs -dorsa) were used by boats as a landmark. Calvados is a cider spirit made with specific apples or pears, some of them being very old varieties. Read More »
A fantastic entry level Calvados from the folk at Chateau de Breuil. They make their own cider and after distillation age their VSOP for a minimum of four years for close control over the flavour of the calvados at all stages of production. A soft but flavoursome spirit.
Pere Magloire is a Calvados house with a rich history. Established in 1821, by 1900 it was the number one selling Calvados brand in France. Owned by iconic champagne producer Veuve Clicquot from 1968 to 1998, it was then taken over by a family company from Normandy. Their VSOP is deliciously fruity and spends 4 years in oak casks.
A cider brandy distilled in Somerset from cider made from Somerset apples and matured in small oak casks for 10 years. Produced in the village of Martock, 20 miles to the east of Taunton *(and the same distance from Glastonbury), this is a delicious alternative to French calvados.
Boulard's XO Calvados is made up of brandies ranging from 8 to 15 years of age. The brand was founded by Pierre-Auguste Boulard in 1825 and are based in the town of Coquainvilliers. This is a delicious postprandial drink.
A 6 year old Pays d'Auge calvados from Adrien Camut, apple growers since the 1800s and purveyors of excellent eau-de-vie. The brand can be found in many of the top restaurants all over France and this is a great example of a younger calvados.
A 12 year old Calvados from Chateau de Breuil in the heart of Normandy. Made using Pays d'Auge cider apples and double distilled before maturation to produce a finer, more subtle spirit, this is presented in the Chateau's elegantly-shaped bottle.