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ChrisMClark
28-06-2010, 09:32 PM
Calvados...it's not bad. It's a cheap bottle from Tesco that I'll not be bothering with again though. I think I'll stick to the Janneau Armagnac they sell in Asda from now on!

captain duff
28-06-2010, 09:53 PM
Ahh, I really love calvados, but always find it stupidly expensive in this country - on par with a reasonably good grape brandy usually, wheras normally in France you see bottles of the stuff selling for buttons. Asda's brandy XO is always good I find and only costs a tenner, so a lot less than most of the calvados you see for sale, but of the same or actually better quality...

ChrisMClark
28-06-2010, 10:44 PM
I'll keep my eyes peeled for that. I don't mind this Calvados, but it does really 'grab' me like a good bottle of Cognac or Armagnac does.

nicwing
29-06-2010, 08:03 AM
Love a 'petit Calva' myself, one of the very best digestifs.

Always look forward to a couple when on holiday en France.

satch
29-06-2010, 08:24 AM
I love a decent glass of cider and a calvados on a summers evening. Lovely.
Did it on sunday evening with a PLpc.

Pandyboy
29-06-2010, 04:19 PM
Somewhere in the Southwest a guy who makes cider also does apple brandy. I saw it on a foody programe but can't remember the details.

captain duff
29-06-2010, 04:26 PM
Somewhere in the Southwest a guy who makes cider also does apple brandy. I saw it on a foody programe but can't remember the details.

Possibly Hereford Cider Brandy from the King Offa Distillery? I've got a small bottle of 10yo stuff, and while it is perfectly drinkable and has a nice apple taste lurking in there, it actually reminds me more of some of the east european plum brandys (ie a bit rough!) compared to a lot of the smoother french calvados...

Polarskates
29-06-2010, 07:18 PM
Today, I have mostly been drinkin'.....Greenalls Gin & Tonics

EugeneSax
30-06-2010, 10:46 PM
Somewhere in the Southwest a guy who makes cider also does apple brandy. I saw it on a foody programe but can't remember the details.


Possibly Hereford Cider Brandy from the King Offa Distillery? I've got a small bottle of 10yo stuff, and while it is perfectly drinkable and has a nice apple taste lurking in there, it actually reminds me more of some of the east european plum brandys (ie a bit rough!) compared to a lot of the smoother french calvados...

No it's the chap who makes the cider & runs the Somerset Cider Bus found at various festivals throughout the summer, including Glastonbury:
http://www.ciderbrandy.co.uk/index.html

I managed to get a bottle of their 10 year old from Selfridges a couple of years back to take to a festival (having enjoyed their hot cider & brandy offerings from the bus on more than one occasion) & ended up polishing off most of it with a large group of people sat round a fire one night/morning.

What a waste - the stuff must be one of my all-time favourite drinks, really far too good to swig from a plastic bottle when already several sheets to the wind. What little I had left went very well with cigars over a few nights at home. I think Selfridges had seriously mis-priced it as I only paid 23 and I now see it's over 30 bought direct (Selfridges no longer sell it).

I'm not a huge brandy aficionado, don't mind the odd drop of XO, but the cider stuff is something else - all the smoothness & complexity of cognac (well most of) but with a fantastic intense apple after taste that lasts & lasts. Knocks spots off any Calvados I've tried (although I've only had a couple of examples, all in this country).

If I ever find it in a shop again with a spare pair of Adam Smiths about my person, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another bottle of the 10yo or 15 yo. I suspect the 3 or 5 yo might be a bit too unrefined for those used to the french stuff.

Soft Top
02-07-2010, 08:16 PM
Calvados - very nice. My wife makes a lovely apple sorbet which goes very well with Calvados on top!

But....today I have mostly been drinking white wine.

G-man
02-07-2010, 09:59 PM
OK Guys roll up your sleeves and lets drink Beer !
No Rum and flat Coke Yes thats the answer!