Hints of fruitcake spice, toast and bright orchard fruit are all evident on the nose. Droves of baked apple characteristics are joined by spices such nutmeg and vanilla bean on the flavorful and well-proportioned palate. The finish is layered and gentle with continuing orchard fruits, particularly golden delicious apple, spices and a final dollop of toasty oak.
The Calvados Boulard VSOP works well sipped neat in a snifter, but it also makes for a lovely cocktail component. After experimenting with several classic recipes I found that my favorite use of Calvados Boulard VSOP is in a Manhattan.
Apple Brandy Manhattan
2 Parts Calvados Boulard VSOP
1 Part Red Vermouth
A Dash of Angostura Bitters
Mix all of the ingredients together briefly in a shaker. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Enjoy.