Double Zero Cyril Zangs Cider Eau De Vie
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Double Zero Cyril Zangs Cider Eau De Vie

Item # 34675

Demand for this very special eau de vie is so high that until now it had been completely unavailable elsewhere. Made from the highly prized cider of cult producer Cyril Zangs, Master Calvados Distiller Jean Roger Groult takes uses the cider made from over 30 varieties of apples including bitter & bitter-sweet (70%), sweet (20%), and sour (10%). The apples for the cider are cellared for several months after ripening to concentrate the sugars. Then they are gently pressed, slowly fermented, racked once and left to age on the lees for 10 months before distillation. Jean Roger uses his families artisanal 12 hectoliter direct wood fired pot still to slowly extract and refine the ciders core essence, taking severe measures to capture only the heart of the liquid. The spirit is then bottled at 100 proof with zero additives and zero filtration. Notes include green apples, vanilla bean, blade mace, garden flowers, hops, coconut oil, pine wax, decomposed autumn leaves, white chocolate, sweetgrass and candied almond. The sharp, mouth-watering acidity sings on the finish and the complexity is surprising, pure and almost mezcal like at times. One of the best things we have tasted so far this year. A stunning achievement from the next generation of superstars from Normandy.

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There are 2 things I like to say a lot about Calvados: 1st, that it's best talked about as distilled cider, not apple brandy, 2nd that it's damn good in its youth. This bottle isn't technically Calvados-at 0 years old it falls short of the minimum 2. What it is is a cider eau-de-vie from 2 of my favorite Normans. The base cider comes from cult fav Cyril Zang, distilled by the venerable and excellent Groult estate. White spirits are loved for freshness and purity. This has that, with complexity often reserved for the 20+ age category. With more than 30 varieties of apple, they let the cider undergo 10 months of age on the lees before a slow distillation in wood fired pot still, bottling only the hearts at 100 proof w/o filtration. All the earthy, salty, orchard fresh aromas of a great Norman cider magnified and intensified to perfection.


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