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Spirits - Calvados and Apple Brandy

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Calvados and apple or cider brandy are very similar spirits made from hundreds of different apple varieties. Normandy in France is the only region with an official appellation controlee for producing calvados to specific rules and processes. Apple brandy made outside Normandy cannot be called calvados and is protected by law. Although apple brandy is produced in various parts of the World, it has limited recognition and scope when compared to the numerous styles and qualities of calvados. There are exceptions and two brands that do have a fine international reputation for producing and marketing unique and exceptional quality apple brandy are Laird's Applejack, America's answer to Calvados and the UK's contribution with Somerset Apple Brandy, an apple brandy that has its own EU appellation controlee.

Calvados is distilled from cider made from specially grown and selected apples, well over two hundred named varieties are utilised each year by the many Calvados producers in Normandy. There is a lot of individuality amongst the Calvados producers and distilleries, many secret blends of apple cider are fermented from the many apple choices which varying from the most bitter to the most sweet. At harvest time the apples are pressed into juice and in the main are fermented into a dry cider. The cider is then distilled and after aging in oak casks for a minimum of two years, the finished product can be calvados. The longer the calvados is aged, the smoother the drink becomes, also the depth of apple character becomes more pronounced and the length of taste lingers on for much longer.

Apple brandy as per the well known Somerset brand is processed from the crop of apples into cider and then through the distilling stage in a very similar way to calvados, including high standards and fine quality choices which embrace oak aged cider brandies up to ten years of age.

Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK do offer a wide and varied selection of calvados and apple brandies, including VS, VSOP, XO, vintage and aged. Our fine list of calvados and apple brandies will match and suit most budgets and are available online or from our Southampton Wine Shop.

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Kingston Black Apple Aperitif, Somerset Cider Brandy Co.


Kingston Black Apple Aperitif, Somerset Cider Brandy Co.Pure juice from the legendary Kingston Black apple blended with Somerset Cider Brandy.The subtle flavours of this unique blend of apples, spirit and tradition make this a superb aperitif.

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500ml £13.15

The Somerset Pomona,Somerset Cider Brandy Co.


The Somerset Pomona,Somerset Cider Brandy Co. is a blend of juice from vintage applea and cider brandy matured in small oak barrels to produce a full bodied digestif with a long lingering aftertaste,

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500ml £13.75

Pommeau de Normandie Aperitif Pere Magloire,


Pommeau de Normandie Aperitif Pere Magloire is an alcoholic drink made by mixing apple juice with Calvados, a great aperitif but matches with cheese, melon, also chocolate or apple based desserts,

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750ml £21.65

Somerset Royal Cider Brandy, 3 Years Old 35ml,


Somerset Royal Cider Brandy, 3 Years old 35ml, is a really superb little cider brandy made with local Somerset apples in the traditional way.

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35ml £22.65

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Calvados Duc De Normandie, France,


Calvados Duc De Normandie, France, Soft, single distillation reflects the essence of the apple flavours and aromas giving and intense strong taste of its origin.

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700ml £25.89

Somerset Five Year Old Cider Brandy, 500ml,


Somerset Five Year Old Cider Brandy 500ml has a floral aroma, mellow palate and lingering finish. Matured in small oak barrels to provide maximum flavours.

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500ml £25.95

Chateau du Breuil Fine 2 year old Calvados,


Chateau du Breuil Fine 2 year old Calvados is a rich apple brandy which has matured in oak for at least two years, hence the nose picks-up ripe apple, vanilla and oak. The taste highlights baked apple pie and warm spice, perhaps a little cinnamon. The finish long and follows the taste with more apple, spice and cinnamon.

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700ml £26.69

Chateau du Breuil Coeur du Breuil Liqueur au Calvados,


Chateau du Breuil Coeur du Breuil Liqueur au Calavados is a fine concentrated apple liqueur of intense calvados flavour and scent. A little ice and the liqueur turns into a sweet refreshing delicacy.

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700ml £27.45

Calvados Fine Pere Magloire,


Calvados Fine Pere Magloire has been aged 2-3 years in oak barrels, well developed fresh apple aromas with a distinctive fruity flavour,

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700ml £29.20

Somerset Royal Cider Brandy, 3 Years Old,


Somerset Royal Cider Brandy, 3 Years Old is a really superb little cider brandy made with local Somerset apples in the traditional way.

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700ml £29.50

Calvados Chateau Du Breuil Pays D'Auge Fine,


Calvados Chateau Du Breuil Pays D\'Auge Fine has had two years ageing in oak casks which gives a gold colour to the fruity taste of its youth. Vigorous and fresh on the palate.

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700ml £29.95

Lairds AppleJack Apple Brandy,


Lairds AppleJack Apple Brandy is a blended apple brandy with a smooth taste and lovely hint of fresh apples. An excellent apple brandy first produced in 1698 in New Jersey, USA.

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700ml £33.69

Calvados Chateau Du Breuil VSOP,


Calvados Chateau Du Breuil VSOP has had four years minimum ageing in oak casks which gives softness and balanced amber colour with a fruity elegance,

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700ml £34.95

Somerset Five Year Old Cider Brandy,


Somerset Five Year Old Cider Brandy has a floral aroma, mellow palate and lingering finish. Matured in small oak barrels to provide maximum flavours.

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700ml £35.75

Chateau du Breuil 15Yrs Calvados Du Pays D'Auge - Half


A highly rated blend of Calvados aged at least 5 years with a fragrant apple bouquet that gives way to the robust tannin of old mature Calvados

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350ml £36.75

Calvados Pere Magloire Pays D Auge VSOP,


Calvados Pere Magloire Pays D\'Auge VSOP, has been double distilled in traditional stills, lengthy ageing in oak casks give a unique aromatic richness,

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700ml £38.80

Somerset Cider Brandy, Shipwreck Single Cask 8Yrs,


Somerset Cider Brandy, Shipwreck Single Cask 8 years old has a big baked apple nose with a little salt from the shipwrecked barrels. Lots of candied lemon and dried fruits on the palate, then with a long complex aftertaste of orchard fruits and gooseberry.

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500ml £39.98

Somerset Ten Year Old Cider Brandy,


Somerset Ten Year Old Cider Brandy is distilled entirely from Somerset apples and matured in small oak barrels for 10 years. Rich in flavour with lots of fine apple flavours.

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700ml £42.95

Calvados Chateau Du Breuil 8Yrs Reserve du Chateau,


Calvados Chateau Du Breuil 8Yrs Reserve du Chateau is a fine blend aged for 8years and is both fruity and light with a bouquet of walnuts, almonds and vanilla.

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700ml £47.95

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Somerset Alchemy Fifteen Year Old Cider Brandy,


Somerset Alchemy Fifteen Year Old Cider Brandy is much mellower than the ten year old due to the extra years in small oak barrels. This apple brandy matches the very best out of Normandy.

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700ml £53.65

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Calvados Chateau Du Breuil Sauternes Cask Finish 8Yrs,


Calvados Chateau Du Breuil Sauternes Cask Finish 8Yrs stayed several months in small French oak barrels which contained Sauternes wine and gives gourmet, fruity notes. Surprises with its sweetness and roundness, very balanced with aromas of apples, honey, spices and hazelnuts,

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700ml £56.95

Calvados Pere Magloire 12yrs,


Calvados Pere Magloire 12yrs is a fine and subtle blend achieves its richness after aging in slected oak casks, unique aromas of fresh hazelnuts, vanilla and spices, beautiful intensity,

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700ml £72.95

Calvados Chateau Du Breuil 14Yrs Double Maturation,


Calvados Chateau Du Breuil 14Yrs Double Maturation stayed during its last six years in small oak casks that first contained Speyside Single Malt Whisky. There are subtle flavours of marine air and cereals. The oak wood impregnated with Whisky gives an aspect more aerial and a subtle iodine flavour.

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700ml £76.35

Calvados Chateau du Breuil 1994 Du Pays D'Auge, 1994


Calvados Chateau du Breuil 1994 Du Pays D\'Auge is full of character and distinguished, plump and woody with an unique apple taste. Only contains the apples of 1993 and has been distilled in 1994.

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750ml £85.95

Calvados Pere Magloire Pays D Auge XO,


Pere Magloire XO An exceptional blend distilled twice and aged in oak casks with a subtle bouquet of apples and long lasting palate,

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700ml £85.98

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