Calvados Adrien Camut 18 Year
Adrien Camut // Calvados Pays d'Auge, France
This is the calling card of the fantastic Camut estate located in the Calvados "Grand Cru" Pays d'Auge. Here, a complex system of two pot stills creates a very fine distillate that will be aged for almost two decades in the Norman countryside. The secret of Camut's incredible lush and rich spirits is that only 2/3-3/4 of the barrel is filled leaving lots of room for oxygen to interact with the aging brandy. The interchange causes the alcohol to evaporate and concentrates the natural apple flavor making for brandies with incredible texture, length, and richness.
CalvadosBrandy distilled from apples (pear is allowed and in some sub-regions, required) from a delimited region in northwest France. Must be aged a minimum of 2 years in oak. Minimum aging if labeled: Fine-2 years, Réserve-3 years, VSOP-4 years, Hors d’Age-6 years
Cask TypeFrench oak
"Out of all of Camut's line this might be the best. There is still plenty of delicious baked apple fruit that the younger expressions show, but it is now joined by a healthy dose of spicy oak and a touch of nutty rancio. Quite simply, this Calvados has it all. Its 40% alcohol seems almost undetectable, all one experiences is a rich, warming drink of concentrated apple and toffee goodness. Bravo to the Camut family for making a spirit so exuberantly youthful, but incredibly refined without becoming woody, tannic, or tired."