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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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The Somerset Pomona,Somerset Cider Brandy Co.


A blend of juice from vintage applea and cider brandy mature...

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500ml £10.77

Kingston Black Apple Aperitif, Somerset Cider Brandy Co.


Pure juice form the legendary Kingston Black apple blended w...

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500ml £11.88

Calvados Pere Magloire Pays D'Auge VSOP, half


From the Pays d\'auge, a blend which gives unique aromatic r...

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35cl £17.96

Pommeau de Normandie Aperitif Pere Magloire,


An alcoholic drink made by mixing apple juice with Calvados,...

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750ml £18.19

Calvados Berneroy Fine, Half Bottle


Distinctive nose of fresh apples with a hint of pear, develo...

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350ml £18.95

Somerset Royal Cider Brandy, 3 Years old, Half Bottle


This is a really superb little cider brandy made with local ...

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375ml £20.76

Calvados Duc De Normandie France,


Soft, single distillation reflects the essence of the apple ...

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700ml £23.73

Calvados Fine Pere Magloire,


Aged 2-3 years in oak barrels, well developed fresh apple a...

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700ml £26.50

Calvados Henry de Querville


Fresh appley aromas with just a touch of oak. Full sweetish ...

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700ml £27.13

Calvados Berneroy Fine,


Distinctive nose of fresh apples with a hint of pear, develo...

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700ml £29.88

Calvados Berneroy VSOP,


Complex aromas and rich harmony of flavours with a distincti...

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700ml £33.25

Chateau du Breuil VSOP Calvados Du Pays Du 'Auge


A distinctive flavour, quite fruity and smooth agaed for a m...

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750ml £33.49

Somerset Royal Cider Brandy, 3 Years Old


This is a really superb little cider brandy made with local ...

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700ml £34.20

Calvados Pere Magloire Pays D'Auge VSOP,


Double distilled in traditional stills, lengthy ageing in oa...

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700ml £35.39

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


A highly rated blend of Calvados aged at least 5 years with ...

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350ml £36.75

Somerset Five Year Old Cider Brandy,


A floral aroma, mellow palate and lingering finish. Matured ...

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700ml £42.70

Calvados VSOP Pays D'Auge Domaine Dupont


A fine oaky spice, touch of vanilla, fresh flavours of apple...

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700ml £44.36

Calvados Berneroy XO,


Distinctive nose of fresh apples, with a hint of pear, slowl...

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700ml £45.98

Somerset Ten Year Old Cider Brandy,


Distilled entirely from Somerset apples and matured in small...

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700ml £52.95

Calvados Hors D'Age Domaine Dupont


Aged for 12 years, elegant nose wity intense vanilla apple, ...

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700ml £57.62

Somerset Alchemy Fifteen Year Old Cider Brandy


Much mellower than the ten year old due to the extra years i...

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700ml £58.47

Calvados Pere Magloire 12yrs,


This fine and subtle blend achieves its richness after aging...

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700ml £62.94

Calvados Camut 6yrs Pays d'auge 6


Fine oaky spice, touch of vanilla, fresh flavours of apples,...

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700ml £66.17

Calvados Pere Magloire Pays D'Auge XO,


Pere Magloire XO An exceptional blend distilled twice and ag...

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700ml £75.98

Chateau du Breuil 1994 Calvados Du Pays D'Auge


Full of character and distinguished, plump and woody with an...

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750ml £82.63

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