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Spirits - Calvados and Apple Brandy
Products › Spirits - Calvados and Apple Brandy
Buy Calvados and Apple Brandy Online
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.