A cracking Calvados that has taken inspiration from Scotch whisky production.
For this delectable 14 year old, Château du Breuil have finished their Calvados for 6 years in smaller former Speyside single malt whisky casks, after initial maturation in French oak.
The Calvados is still produced in the traditional style, using long fermentations of Pays d’Auge apples, but the double maturation is a relatively new concept in the Calvados world.
The final result has a strikingly different character from usual Calvados, with the whisky cask adding notes of salted caramel, charred oak, malt, vanilla, oaky cinnamon, and toffee, alongside the standard French oak subtle spice, and Calvados’s delicious green apple character.
A fascinating dram. Raise a toast to the Auld Alliance!