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Famille Dupont Calvados Pays d’Auge Cask Finish Collection No.1 Islay Whisky Cask (45%, OB, 2018)

Calvados Review: Famille Dupont Calvados Pays d’Auge Cask Finish Collection No.1 Islay Whisky Cask

  • Category: Calvados Pays d’Auge
  • Origin: Famille Dupont
  • Bottling: Official
  • ABV: 45%
  • Cost: €50

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What they say

Calvados – Cask Finish Collection
– N°1 . Islay Whisky –
A.O.C. Calvados du Pays d’Auge
The “Cask Finish” collection is born from the desire to enrich the classic aromatic palette of our calvados by refining in casks that have previously contained wines and spirits.

This N° 1 edition, Calvados & Islay Whisky Cask, offers a surprising alliance between the fried and pastry notes of Calvados and the peaty, salty and mineral aromas that have made the reputation of the distilleries located on the island of Islay.

Aimed at lovers of spirits, this collection in very limited quantities has been designed to surprise your taste buds and especially to make you happy!

The apples are mixed, crushed and pressed. The apple juice ferments completely to give the cider to distill. The double distillation takes place six months after the cider fermentation process. The first distillation of the cider gives the small water at 30% vol. and it is the second distillation, that of the little water, which gives Calvados.

Aging: 4 years minimum In toasted oak barrels of 400 litres including 25% new barrels. Minimum finish 6 months in 220l barrels having contained Islay single malt Scotch whisky.

Official tasting notes

  • Eye: Pale yellow.
  • Nose: Pleasant, fine, complex. With notes of cooked apples, fresh almonds, pastry and buttered are combined with saline and smoked notes.
  • Mouth: With a soft attack dominated by peaty aromas, then come notes of apple stewed, unctuous and round.
  • The finale ends with salty and fresh notes.

What I say

The finesse of Calvados Pays d’Auge meets the raw elemental power of Islay whisky in the No.1 edition of Famille Dupont’s Cask Finish Collection series. Aged for 4 years traditionally and finished for 6 months in ex-Islay whisky casks.

To say I was excited about this development is a little bit of an understatement, I have had mixed reactions to Islay cask-finished whiskies before but I’m not really sure what they are trying to achieve? This seems like a much more obvious introduction of cask finish influences that come a world away from traditional Calvados maturation. The result I expect will be unlike any Calvados I have sampled before.

Thanks to Calvados Dupont for providing samples.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Light champagne gold (4/20), large legs followed by medium-fine tears.
  • Nose: Smoky and sweet, roasted or dried apples, apple rings, phenolic, iodine, peat, salty and briny, honey, vanilla and smoke, slightly ashen, whisky dunnage warehouses.
  • Taste: Fruity apples, date or fig, the peat is initially clean and crisp too but becomes chewy and oily on the palate, with a distinct antiseptic/iodine-like quality along with light barley and honey and some nuts such as pistachio, reminded me of the dessert baklava.
  • Finish: Long, slightly citrus, apple, sea spray and peat smoke.

Overall

A fantastic mixture of rich apple Calvados and coastal, oily and peaty Islay whisky that works really well.

Score 90/100

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