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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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The Somerset Pomona,Somerset Cider Brandy Co.


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 £10.77

Kingston Black Apple Aperitif, Somerset Cider Brandy Co.


Pure juice form 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 £11.88

Pommeau de Normandie Aperitif Pere Magloire,


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 £18.19

Calvados Berneroy Fine, Half Bottle


Distinctive nose of fresh apples with a hint of pear, developing more complex aromas of butter, vanilla, baked apple and licorice. Rich harmony of flavours.

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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 Somerset apples in the traditional way.

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375ml £20.76

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 £23.73

Calvados Fine Pere Magloire,


Aged 2-3 years in oak barrels, well developed fresh apple aromas with a distinctive fruity flavour

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700ml £26.50

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

Calvados Henry de Querville


Fresh appley aromas with just a touch of oak. Full sweetish flavours, excellent balance and lengthy finish

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700ml £27.13

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 Berneroy Fine,


Distinctive nose of fresh apples with a hint of pear, developing more complex aromas of butter, vanilla, baked apple and licorice. Rich harmony of flavours

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700ml £29.88

Chateau du Breuil Pays D'Auge VSOP Calvados,


Chateau du Breuil Pays D\'Auge VSOP Calvados has a fine amber colour after been aged in oak barrels for a minimum of four years. The flavours of this calvados are well rounded with lots of ripe fruit and hints of quince and almonds. A long lingering finish of mature and tasty ripe apples.

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750ml £31.97

Calvados Berneroy VSOP,


Calvados Berneroy VSOP has complex aromas and rich harmony of flavours with a distinctive nose of fresh apples and hints of pear,

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700ml £33.25

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

Somerset Royal Cider Brandy, 3 Years Old


This is a really superb little cider brandy made with local Somerset apples in the traditional way.

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700ml £34.20

Calvados Pere Magloire Pays D'Auge VSOP,


Double distilled in traditional stills, lengthy ageing in oak casks give a unique aromatic richness

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700ml £35.39

Somerset Cider Brandy, Shipwreck Single Cask 10Yrs,


Somerset Cider Brandy, Shipwreck Single Cask 10 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 £36.31

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

Somerset Five Year Old Cider Brandy,


A floral aroma, mellow palate and lingering finish. Matured in small oak barrels to provide maximum flavours.

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700ml £42.70

Calvados Berneroy XO,


Distinctive nose of fresh apples, with a hint of pear, slowly evolves with age to develop more complex aromas of butter, vanilla, baked apple and licorice. Rich harmony of flavours makes it a perfect digestif which will also compliment fine cheeses.

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700ml £45.98

Somerset Cider Brandy 20 Years Old,


Somerset Cider Brandy 20 years old has a great nose of mature apples and oak, followed by very deep baked apples and sweet prune like flavours on the palate. On the finish you still maintain the oak and apples, but now hints of vanilla also come into play.

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500ml £48.53

Calvados Dupont VSOP Pays D'Auge,


Dupont VSOP Pays D\'Auge Calvados has a gold colour and on the nose we have toasted oak from five years of aging and liquorice. The first sensation on the taste is sweet and soft notes of apple and some dried fruits. The finish offers notes of vanilla, soft almond and newly cut hay.

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700ml £49.86

Somerset Ten Year Old Cider Brandy,


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 £52.95

Calvados Dupont Hors D'Age,


Calvados Domaine Dupont Hors D\'Age has been aged for 12 years, elegant nose with intense vanilla apple, touches of oak, smooth palate with some complexity.

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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 in small oak barrels. This apple brandy matches the very best out of Normandy.

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700ml £58.47

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