Le Clos d’Orval Calvados 12 Years Old

Le Clos d’Orval 12 Ans

What they say

12 year old Calvados from Le Clos d’Orval – rich and complex with fragrant, vibrant apple freshness combined with classic oak-y spices. An excellent aperitif, and could also make for an interesting alternative to your after-dinner dram of whisky.

What I say

Very impressed with their 25 Year old but perhaps that was not the best indicator of their output, so I have returned to le Clos d’Orval Calovados with their 12 year old expression.

  • ABV 40%
  • Age 12 years old
  • Bottler Le Clos d’Orval
  • Bottling Official
  • Cask French Oak
  • Category Calvados
  • Cost £58.45
  • Origin Le Clos d’Orval
  • Outturn n/a
  • Region Calvados
  • Released n/a
  • Vintage n/a

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance Bronze (13/20) medium-fine tears and fine legs.
  • Nose Apple pie and cinnamon, tannic French oak wood, robust, nutmeg, herbal, yeasty and beery, pear, caramel, toasted oak, waxed red apples, warm baking spices.
  • Taste Medium-bodied, soft, buttery, apple pie with shortcrust pastry, cinnamon, toffee apple, custard, woody oak, gentle wood smoke, soft ginger, creme caramel and treacle toffee.
  • Finish Long, soft, sweet and drying with gentle baking spices.
  • Overall Wood overboard but still some soft baked apple fruit and toffee/caramel notes too. Another fine example of fruit and oak balance from le Clos d’Orval.

Score 87/100

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