Calvados Online, the premier source for calvados.
Calvados Online is proud to offer you only the finest calvados from Normandy, meticulously
selected from amongst the dozens of calvados brands available in France. Most widely exported
calvados is of bulk commercial quality, pleasant enough, but only a pale shadow of what the
drink can be: a rich amber nectar, with heady aromas of baked apples, toffee and brioche, and
a taste that combines the mouth-watering freshness of a crisp apple with the mellowness of an
old brandy. The best calvados is made by a handful of dedicated small family producers, using
apples from ancient trees and production methods unchanged from their fathers and
grandfathers before them. This is the type of calvados you’ll find on Calvados Online.
We live in Normandy, and even more importantly, our office is right in the middle of the apple
growing heartland where the finest calvados is produced - so we know exactly where to find
the very best bottlings, some of which are ONLY available in the region.
Calvados, the fine spirit of Normandy...
Calvados is an apple brandy distilled from cider made from specially grown cider-apples, of which
there are over 100 varieties divided in 4 categories: sweet, bitter-sweet, bitter and acidulous.
Apples are harvested by hand and pressed into a juice that is fermented into cider. The cider is
then distilled into a colourless eau-de-vie. After years aging in oak casks, the eau-de-vie gets
its typical colour, aroma and character, and can be called a "calvados".
There are 3 appellations - AOC - for calvados (or calva as we say here):
- Calvados. Minimum 20% of local apples varieties. Minimum 2 years of aging. No method of
distillation imposed but the most common equipment used is the single-column alembic.
- Calvados Pays d'Auge. Produced in the Pays d'Auge area only (where our office is btw).
Minimum 2 years of aging in oak barrels. Double distillation in an alembic à repasse.
- Calvados Domfrontais. Minimum 30% of pears. Minimum 3 years of aging in oak barrels.
Single distillation in a single-column alembic.
But there is also a fourth category of calvados: the farm-made calvados, the secret one, the
artisanal one that nobody can talk about in public. Email us for more details.
All bottles and antiques are shipped in secured
boxes, no risk of breakage. WE UNCONDITIONALLY
GUARANTEE EVERY DELIVERY. In the very unlikely
event that a bottle gets lost, we will replace it
immediately or refund your money in full.
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