Christian Drouin Hors d'Age Calvados

Calvados

Christian Drouin // Calvados Pays d'Auge, France

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    90
  • Avg. Rating

    4.75
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 4 )

Like all Drouin's Pays d'Auge bottlings, this is made from 100% apples, and distilled in wood-fired antique stills over direct flame. The wood policy relies heavily on reconditioned ex-Bordeaux barrels, but sometimes adds shades of complexity by using sherry, port, and Cognac casks, as well as some more exotic choices. Their Hors d'Age is aged over 15 years.

  • age
    NAS
  • abv
    40.0
  • Calvados
    Brandy 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 Type
    ex-Bordeaux (mostly) ex-Sherry, ex-Port, ex-Banyuls

Tasting Notes

"The oak, the apples, and a characteristic spicy-vinegar note all contribute to the sense of dimension and completeness this displays on the nose. On the palate these components are more integrated, giving rise to a toasty, nutty, sherried aspect and a distinctive note of bubblegum which, though pleasant, is a bit distracting. "

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Flavor Profile

Fruity & Nutty