Monday, December 14, 2009
Popularize Calvados Today!
Grades of Calvados are similare to the grading procedures of Cognac, the famous French grape brandies of named region, with Fine being the youngest (Again, 2 year minimum), Reserve being 3 years old, VSOP going 4 years and Napolean or X.O. going for as long as 6 years and typically much longer.
As of right now I have had two types of Calvados.
Daron Fine Calvados:
Honey in color, young and heavy on the acid with a hot slightly harsh finish, the nose is of gold pears and red delicious apples. Finish lingers of subtle smoke and caramel.
Busnel VSOP Calvados:
In just a two year difference the Calvados shows a much richer amber color with heavier legs. The nose expands greatly with toffee, caramel, cinnamon, clove and hot cider. Candy Apples! The Calvados show cases strong red pear and McIntosh flavors predominantly backed by lemons, brown sugar and caramel. Further inspection I've found a subtle hint of menthol, milk chocolate, almonds and hazelnuts. A very pleasant, smooth and lingering finish.
Calvados is a fantastic substitute during autumn and winter seasons as an after dinner drink. Fine Calvados makes an excellent substitute to Cognac when making side cars or adding some to hot cider for a fantastic cold evening beverage.
Cognacs, California Brandies and even Pisco's have a strong following and it continues to boggle me that something that is as seasonal and delicious as Calvados is not getting the proper recognition it deserves. You can find bottles of Calvados at local ABC stores, order online or in family owned restaurants (We serve the Busnel VSOP at Food Matters, Alexandria, VA) find a bottle and enjoy with friends and family this holiday season. Merry Christmas and of course,