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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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  • Roger Groult Venerable


    A blend of 'Hors d'Age' Pays d'Auge Calvados.Powerful and lasting in mouth, smooth and subtle.This fine and well-rounded Calvados is honest and sharp, and will be appreciated by amateurs of old spirits. Read More

    Wine review by Drut

  • Roger Groult Age Dor Calvados


    A blend of 'Hors d'Age' Pays d'Auge Calvados.Pronounced and intense, woody with complex fruity aromas.Elegant and nicely balanced, it will be appreciated by cigar smokers and dark chocolate amateurs."Âge d'Or" Calvados is matured in the storehouse built by my father Roger GROULT. Read More

    Wine review by Drut

  • Fabulous sipping vodka! Can't get it in the US, what can be done about that? It truly is delicious! How can you get something imported? Read More

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  • The things us folk in the wine industry are forced to endure...Earlier this ... apple strudel, cheddar, and calvados creamTrimbach Gewürztraminer Cuvée Des Seigneurs De Ribeaupierre 2000The Boxler was my wine of the night -  with 45g of residual sugar the wine had a rich, sweet, nose that exuded complexity. Sweet on the tongue too - beautiful,... Read More

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  • On RBoulanger's suggestion I attempted a cocktail of Calvados and Ginger Beer. Didn't have the proportions written down, but I wanted to give it a couple of thumbs up publicly.I think it's a drink with a pretty wide appeal as well. Read More

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  • Calvados Pomme Prisonnière Ste. Anne NV


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