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Calvados
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Category: Brandy & Cognac
Alc/vol: 40% to 50%

Is an apple brandy. Calvados is produced in the region of Calvados in Normandy, France. The apples grown in the region are carefully picked, ripened and crushed to extract the juice. The juice is fermented then distilled twice to become calvados. Calvados is always aged in oak casks, for a period of time, before being bottled and sold. The following indications on the label tell you how long it has been aged:

3 Stars, 3 Apples..........................................Minimum 2 years
Vieux, Reserve.............................................Minimum 3 years
VO, Vieille Reserve, VSOP................Minimum 4 years
Extra, XO, Naploean, Hors d'Age......Minimum 6 years

Only apple brandy produced in the Calvados region (with apples grown in the region) may be called 'Calvados'. It is the best apple brandy money can buy. Best enjoyed straight up or straight up cold in a cognac snifter. Use less expensive apple brandy for cocktails and mixed drinks.


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