Review: Boulard Calvados Pays d'Auge / by Jason Hambrey

Distilled from whole apples
Distiller Boulard (Coquainvilliers, France)

I haven’t had many Calvados – not many come to Canada. It is the most well-known type of apple brandy in the world, made in the Calvados region of France. This is one of the more accessible bottles that you can find, certainly in Canada, clocking in at about $50. It is from the Pays d’Auge region in France, where Calvados must be double distilled in pot stills, and it is distilled from whole apples.

Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2017

Clean apple aromas, but also an odd funky earthiness – almost mouldy – which I don’t like. I found it carried through even into cocktails, but it’s funky in a way that some people might really like it. We also have cloves, vanilla, applesauce, white pepper, unfiltered apple vinegar, and filtered apple juice. The taste is clean and clear apple, but also with spice and some light earthiness and almonds. The finish is earthy, a bit musty, and some honey.

I preferred the Pemberton Apple Brandy which I tasted earlier this year.

Value: If you want to taste an apple brandy from France, give it a go, but I’d see if you can find a different option. I wouldn’t buy the bottle.