This fruity and flavoursome Calvados from Château du Breuil has been finished in casks that previously held Coteaux du Layon wine – a light, white and sweet style of wine found in the Loire valley.
Cask finishes, now widespread in the whisky industry, remain something of a rarity in Calvados production, but Château du Breuil is one of the producers pushing the envelope in this regard. The spirit is still produced in the same traditional way as all their other expressions, with the apples grown in the distillery’s 42 hectare orchard, in the Pays d’Auge region. These apples are naturally fermented for a complex final spirit.
This spirit has spent the last few months of its maturation in Coteaux du Layon casks, having been aged for around 8 years in French oak barrels initially. The result is a Calvados rich in notes of white peaches, grapes, bright sweet apples, pastry, vanilla oak, cream and waxy wine.
A beautiful dram, that will appeal to fans of wine-finished whisky.