Jan wrote:Can you recommend a calvados, Mr TH ?
Sorry so long in answering--I just stumbled on this. I can't really say I'm an expert, but there doesn't seem to be as much variety in calvados as there is in sms. Any fairly old one--XO--will be interesting, and the older and woodier, the more it will taste like old woody scotch, of course, with just enough of a twist to bring a smile to the lips. Unfortunately, the most common bottle in these parts, from Boulard--Solange, or something like that?--is quite young and fiery, not recommended. Calvados with the appellation "pays d'auge" is double distilled in recycled cognac stills; otherwise, a small column still is used. I'm sure I can't tell the difference, but I'll bet someone can, and there is of course a bit of snobbery attached to that. Morin is a commonly available column-still one (I believe). Try any XO or 15yo, I've never had a bad one. I'd have one now, but it's bedtime!