Christian Drouin Réserve des Fiefs Calvados
Christian Drouin // Calvados Pays d'Auge, France
This Calvados is made from 100% apples sourced from the Drouin family's orchards as well as five contract growers from whom they have been sourcing fruit for decades. It consists of eaux-de-vie that have aged for at least four years in ex-Bordeaux barrels.
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
"Lots of cidery funk with a little sea breeze and caramel thrown in for good measure, coat the tongue with ripe apple, allspice, and wet earth. The aromatics of this spirit give one of the most specific and detailed impressions of a place you can taste in an aged spirit, but the lack of structure and concentration in the mouth, plus a little unbalanced alcohol, mean the overall effect is a bit raw. "