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Apples & Other Fruit
and other Eaux-de-Vie & Fruit Brandies
There are many different types of fruit brandies, and exact definitions are sometimes unclear.
Eau-de-vie, a French phrase that means literally "water of life", generally refers to a distillation of
any fruit other than the grape, that has an alcohol content of around 100% proof. The spirit is
often colourless, since it is either bottled immediately after distillation, or stored in glass-lined
casks or earthenware containers. This method of storage retains the intense fruit flavour and
maintains the high alcohol content.
The famous apple brandy from Normandy, calvados, is distilled from good quality apple cider
fermented for a minimum of one month (by which time all the sugar has gone) and then aged in
cask, sometimes for as long as 20 or 40 years.
Other well known fruit brandies and eaux-de-vie are kirsch or kirschwasser, made from cherries,
Poire William made from pears, Slivovitz from plums, framboise from raspberries and fraise from
Vieux Calvados Huet 1921
A circa 1910 Guillot Kirschwasser, with
a superbly intense ripe cherry nose.
A very rare bottle of Justerini
& Brooks Peach Brandy, circa
1890. An amazing spirit, with
an intense ripe peach aroma
that filled the room the
instant the bottle was
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Vieux Calvados Huet 1865
The second oldest recorded Calvados
vintage still surviving.
Old calvados is a very special taste, and
pre-war bottles are much harder to find
than equivalently old cognac or armagnac.
Roger Groult Calvados Reserve Ancestrale Vintage 1864
Roger Groult Calvados Reserve Ancestrale Vintage 1865
Roger Groult Calvados Reserve de Mon Grand-Père Vintage 1893
Roger Grout Reserve Ancestrale Vintage 1879
Groult is one of the finest producers, and together with Huet, one of only a handful whose 19th
century stocks survived into the modern era. The above vintages were released in minute
quantities many years ago, and are long since depleted (they still produce a Reserve Ancestrale
and a Reserve de Mon Grand Pere, but not vintage dated and made from later 20th century
Extremely rare, only 250 bottles of this 1879 were produced.
Calvados Vieux Pere Magloire
Vieux Calvados Huet
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All our vintage calvados bottles are now offered on Calvados Online
Calvados Online is the ultimate source for the finest calvados
from Normandy. Located right in the middle of the apple growing
heartland where the finest calvados is produced, Calvados Online
knows exactly where to find the rarest vintage calvados and the
very best modern apple brandies, some of which are only
available in the region.
Some previously sold vintage Calvados and Fruit Brandies bottles: