Christian Drouin Calvados XO
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Christian Drouin Calvados XO

Item # 29040 750mL
$81.96/ Single Bottle
$491.76/ Case of 6
ABV
40.00%
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Tasting Notes

The delicate gold color of this calvados sets the tone for the experience on the nose and palate. Gorgeous aromas of ripe apple flesh, fresh ginger bread, preserved citrus peels and hazelnut fill your head with intoxicating effect. The palate is pure, subtle, and pristine with a gentle warming finish. A wonderful experience all around.


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Staff Pick Notes

I cannot get enough Calvados. It's an obsession. Thank god it's still obscure enough that pretty much everything we have is an incredible value. This bottle is a blend of spirits with minimum 8 years of age. Some of Drouin's bottles have a mix of pear and apple fruit. The XO is 100% apple. It maintains the pure appleyness and slight funk you find in an exceptional Norman cider, even with time in oak (exactly what I like in Calvados). Drouin uses casks from sherry, port, and cognac alongside old oak and cider barrels, for exceptional richness and subtlety with nuttiness and salinity. I drink it neat pretty much every night of the year once the leaves start turning, but when you really want to treat yourself try a Calvados Sidecar and marvel at how the citrus, orchard fruit, and caramel flavors play off each other.

- JON

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