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Calvados is a fine apple (and pear) brandy produced in the Normandy region of France. Legend has it that the name derives from a shipping accident in 1588 that took place when a distressed galleon from the Spanish Armada of Philip II, having clashed with the English navy under Queen Elizabeth I, finally strayed to Normandy and crashed between two rocky cliff zones. Some accounts say the name of the embattled ship was El Calvador. Others say the spot where it crashed had always been known as “Calva Dorsa,” a space between the cliffs where those from the shore could see returning sailors. Regardless of which is correct, the name for the brandy came to stay during the 17th century. But cider distillation had its origins long before the name became official. The Arab Moors, who had been distilling spirits from grains and fruits in their home country for centuries, came to France and taught locals the art of disillation. Lord de Gouberville is credited with being the first to distill Read more »

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  • I am another who likes calvados.Last year at the London France show [ ] there was a stand where one could taste and purchase several versions and I am hoping he is there again this coming January. I usually go to France once a year and I always order a glass in whatever hotel I am in as no hotel,bar or restaurant in France is w... Read More

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  • I don't know if anyone else here has a taste for Calvados, but to me it's great stuff and a favorite, ever since I first ran into it at a working class zinc bar in Paris as the shot accompaniment to a demi tasse. Soon graduated to the better stuff, drunk after dinner most frequently, but even as an aperitif (and an accompaniment to oysters as I ... Read More

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  • OK, some proposals:1) asparagus: just about the only wine that reliably works ... cheese.5) chocolate: brandy, calvados, even whisky and a few other liqueurs that warm things up in the mouth. I'm with GregT that I don't want cooling effects in my mouth with the chocolate which then congeals/hardens and narrows its flavor profile. Only wine I'v... Read More

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  • Ok,#4- looks like a nicely aged blue- many say port, but the real winners are ... ... and chocolate... maybe a calvados or bourbon?#6- allergic - no comment#7- I use a food enhancer called Maggi.  I know, it sounds like cheating.  But I had a fantastic salad dressing at a German/French restaurant years ago in Carmel.  I was fortunate enough to... Read More

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  • You've never had liquor with chocolate 'pudding', Greg?  One ... made with Grand Marnier, but Calvados, grappa, marc, Cognac, Armagnac and even Bourbon have all made it in as substitutes from time to time.Sorry, but no red wine need apply for a match. Unless maaaaaaaybe Bandol.  ; Read More

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  • Calvados Père Magloire Xo


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  • Daron Calvados Xo 1980


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  • Berneroy Calvados Xo NV


    Least expensive XO Calvados I've come across. It's drinkable but not as delicious as some of the pricier varieties. Read More

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  • Watching stage one today, I saw an ad for a "virtual" TdF.  Wasn't paying ... ... Aha! I've got it:  Calvados.  "Cideries and Distilleries" reads the tab on the "turisme" website of Lisieux.,3,0,93.htmlOr you can enjoy your Italian wine during the Snooth virtual tasting on July 6.  Let... Read More

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  • Roger Groult Reserve Calvados Brandy


    This Calvados is an artisanal product made by the same family for over 4 generations. They grow their own apples and age the cider before they distill it, giving it a beautiful structure and added flavors. They use only very small alembics and distill very slowly to leave all the flavors in the spirit. This young Calvados is good for cooking, co... Read More

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