Founded in 1825, the house of Pierre-Auguste Boulard has been making calvados for generations. What’s Calvados, you say? In layman’s terms, it is an apple brandy. Grown in the Normandy region of France, the apples are fermented, distilled and aged in oak for several years. Some of the oldest Calvados can be as exquisite as an XO Cognac. Calvados Boulard VSOP is aged from 4 to 10 years old.
Boulard Calvados Pays d’Auge VSOP (80 proof)
Visual: Vibrant copper with many particulates.
Nose: Cinnamon apple with a heady dose of vanilla pod.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and tasty. Slightly sweet with a lot of fresh apple character, the barrel aging runs the gamut from dry spice to luscious oaky vanilla. Very well-balanced.
Finish: Loads of apple with a spicy cinnamon take. A great after dinner brandy that will leave a smile on your face.
Overall: The aging is just right for this to make an excellent sipper as well as a mixer. The apple shines through and gives this particular calvados the respect it deserves.
GSN Rating: B+
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