Calvados Boulard VSOP Calvados, Pays d’Auge

The Data

Category   Brandy

Sub-Category   Calvados, Pays d’Auge

Origin   Normandy

Retail Price   $$45

ABV   40%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant golden copper color that shimmers in the glass.

Aromatics

Wonderfully aromatic, filling the nose with the scents of baked and fresh apples with supporting notes of nutmeg, toasted walnuts, charred oak, brown butter, and a hint of clove.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose with more vibrant, fresh apple notes emerging with a soft vanilla bean note flanking the rich fruit.

Intensity & Texture

Subtle and complex while offering a rich, and generous fruit-driven core with perfect balance as bright acidity is present from entry to finish.

Cool Factor

B

Calvados as a category starts at cool level higher than most any other. Sadly, this is one of the most misunderstood and under appreciated categories. Make it a goal to drink more Calvados this year!

Value Grade

B

In sum, the quality to price ratio is strong and we reccommend this lovely spirit.

Analysis

The fruit for this tasty Calvados comes from the Pays d'Auge, the cream of the Calvados appellation that besides restrictions of the growing area also insists that the spirit is double distilled in pot stills. Calvados Boulard has been making Calvados since 1825 (now managed by the fifith gneration of the Boulard family). This VSOP is a blend of spirit from different ages as well as different orchards resulting in a complex Calvados with qualities of both young and older wood-aged spirits.

How to Enjoy

This great brandy is best enjoyed post meal, served neat. This VSOP level is also vibrant enough to be enjoyed in cocktails but make it a special one.

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