I do like miniatures.
The opportunity to explore new categories of spirits with contrasting styles at reasonable prices.
Doing an WSET L2 in Spirits course a while ago widened my horizons to the tasty delights of Brandy – under which Calvados & Cognac both reside.
Calvados – made from apples – & Cognac – from grapes – adhere to French rules & regulations relating to how, where & what they are distilled from.
Picking these up in the Celtic Whiskey Shop allows me to compare the two differing spirits.
Chateau du Breuil, Calvados VSOP, 40%
Quite a distinctive bottle on this one!
Exhibits a shade lighter pale brown than the cognac. Fresh, fruity dry cider nose with caramelly undertones. Clean & crisp on the palate. The barrel ageing is evident with some tannic spiciness & a decent warmth.
A pleasantly refreshing little number.
Cognac Park, Cognac VS, 40%
Presented in an elegant elongate bottle.
A deeper, richer caramelly nose presents itself. The palate has a rounder feel, redolent with fruity warmth flowing into a surprising tangy, lip-smacking spicy finish.
I like the cidery start to the Calvados – & the spicy finish of the Cognac.
Both of these brandies show the diversity of the category.
It’s a category I enjoy exploring.
Distiller article on Calvados here.