About Calvados

About Calvados
Calvados, the apple brandy from the Normandy region of Northwestern France, is probably the best known type of fruit brandy. Produced for centuries, Calvados can only be produced from specific local apple varieties; some are quite bitter, while others are more sweet and sour.

There are age designations, as in Cognac (V.S.O.P., X.O, Napoleon, etc.) as well as vintage Calvados, which must be produced entirely from the fruit of one specific year. Every Calvados much be aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two to three years; the finest are aged for as long as twenty years. These luxury offerings have excellent texture, sweet spice and intense apple aromas - they are one of a kind.

Top Picks for Calvados

Boulard Calvados VSOP
91 points
$49.99
Brilliant copper color. Fruity, pure aromas of juicy red apples, fine tea, roasted walnuts, cinnamon-butterscotch, and leather with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length creme anglaise atop warm apple compote, mixed peppercorns, pepperoncini, and tobacco ash finish. A fresh, dry Calvados for after-dinner sipping.
91 points $49.99
Calvados Coquerel Calvados VSOP
89 points
$39.99
Light amber color. Aromas of roasted and dried apples, fig paste, delicate spiced nuts, and cedar pencil with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long spiced apples and pear in creme Anglaise, mocha, and minerals finish. A rock solid Calvados for sipping or mixing.
89 points $39.99
Boulard Calvados Pays dAuge XO
88 points
$89.99
Bronze color. Earthy aromas of bee pollen, alpine herbs, damp trees, and apple handpie with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length apple quickbread, gingerbread, and hazelnut creamer finish. A light and mysterious Calvados that might be a nice departure for single malt fans.
88 points $89.99
Calvados Coquerel Calvados Fine
88 points
$26.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried and spiced pear, caramelized nuts, and pepper with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy apples in cream, delicate spice, minerals, and oak finish. A pleasant, easy drinking Clavados with good versatility.
88 points $26.99