Christian Drouin Vintage 1986 Calvados, Pays d’Auge

The Data

Category   Brandy

Sub-Category   Calvados, Pays d’Auge

Origin   Normandy

Retail Price   $217.99

ABV   40%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant copper to bronze color.

Aromatics

The nose is wonderfully floral with wild honey, red cherry, candied ginger, and loads of baked apples, marzipan, and oak.

Flavor

The palate is in full accord delivering a rich apple core with cherry accents as the wood is a companion here, never trampling the complex flavors.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and amazingly delicate with ideal balance and long, lingering flavors.

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

C+

These handcrafted spirits from Christian Drouin are not cheap but how could they be? Every offering is well worth the asking price.

Analysis

The 1986 vintage is double distilled and aged in traditional Calvados casks followed by a one year stay in a former “Muscat de Rivesaltes” cask. The result is an incredibly complex and nuanced Brandy with layers of flavors.

How to Enjoy

Sip neat in a Brandy glass after dinner, or by a roaring fire.

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