Christian Drouin XO Calvados, Pays d’Auge

The Data

Category   Brandy

Sub-Category   Calvados, Pays d’Auge

Origion   Normandy

Retail Price   $124.99

ABV   40%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant bronze with hints of gold.

Aromatics

The aromatics are amazingly fresh and vibrant with scents of fresh apple juice, candied apples, baked stone fruits, toasted almonds, brown baking spices, and a splash of vanilla.

Flavor

The palate is equally youthful delivering layers of fruit, spice, mineral, and a fine salinity and trailing floral notes, with cinnamon heat, vanilla bean, and oak on the finish.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied with layers of ripe fruit and generous portions of spice, vanilla, and oak.

Cool Factor

A

It's impossible for me to give any Christian Drouin product anything less that an "A" for cool as these represent some of the finest spirits the world has to offer.

Value Grade

B

These handcrafted spirits from Christian Drouin are not cheap but how could they be? Old and beautiful Calvados at $125 is a special treat.

Analysis

This is a real beauty showing what Calvados can be with a few years of maturation seamlessly integrating oak and spice into the fold while keeping the fresh apple notes alive. The XO is made with a blend of double distilled Calvados aged 8 to 15 years in small casks.

How to Enjoy

Sip neat in a Brandy glass after dinner or at any special occasion.

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