Christian Drouin Hors d'Age Calvados
Christian Drouin // Calvados Pays d'Auge, France
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.
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 Typeex-Bordeaux (mostly) ex-Sherry, ex-Port, ex-Banyuls
"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. "