Calvados Review: Calvados Berneroy XO
Origin: Calvados Berneroy
Cost: £39.83 buy from Master of Malt
What they say:
Calvados, one of the world’s finest spirits, has been produced in the historic French region of Normandy for at least five centuries.
The Calvados Berneroy Master Blender employs time-honoured methods and finely honed expertise to create a range of distinctively fruity calvados, capturing the very essence of the local orchards.
Rich & Complex
Calvados Berneroy XO is the oldest calvados in the range – rich with complex flavours of baked apples and subtle oak with a long, memorable finish. Savour neat, as an after-drink, or on the rocks.
Eye: Rich golden amber
Nose: Vanilla and butterscotch notes with a hint of citrus and light rancio
Palate: Baked and caramelized apples with buttery, slightly nutty notes and a touch of cinnamon and spice. Smooth, round and lingering.
What I say:
Calvados Berneroy is made to the AOC Calvados regulations, over 180 named apple varieties are used and the must or juice fermented for a minimum of 4 weeks producing a highly aromatic dry cider of around 5-6% ABV. This is distilled in a copper column still via single distillation. Calvados Berneroy is aged exclusively in older, ‘seasoned’ barrels to preserve its genuine aromatic intensity and to avoid it becoming over-oaked. Over time, its distinctive aroma of fresh apples evolves to develop more complex aromas of butter, vanilla, baked apples and liquorice. The XO is matured for a minimum of 6 years before blending into a consistent House style.
Golden russet (13/20), numerous medium-fine tears leave long fine legs
Fresh apple, a dusting of icing sugar, tobacco leaf, toffee apples, caramel candies, softer sweet poached or baked apple, apple sauce and butterscotch candies.
Creamy, butterscotch, caramel, almost buttery with a hint of salt caramel, caramel apple granny dessert, toffee apple and baked apple, cinnamon hints of spice preced a touch of oak wood, quite fruity overall.
Medium, green apple skins, drier oak wood and tannin spices, a liberal dusting with sweet icing sugar and cinnamon spice.
Fruity and sweet with a creamy palate, quite gentle with the fruit balanced against oak wood tannin and spices.
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