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If you're a keen cider drinker looking to branch out, Calvados may be the next step in discovering new flavours. Distilled from apple and pear ciders sourced in Normandy, this versatile and distinct brandy is ideal as a stand-alone treat or as an accompaniment to a meal. 


In this guide, we'll explain the variations in flavour profile unique to the terroirs of Calvados, Pays d'Auge and Domfrontais, as well as the differences between the AOC, VSOP and XO ageing processes. Alongside a ranking of the 10 best Calvados brandies in the UK, you'll soon know exactly which bottles to pick up when shopping online! 

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  • Last updated: 11-05-2022
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Compare the Best Calvados Brandy

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Berneroy - XO Calvados for £40.81
  2. Domaine Pacory - Calvados du Domfrontais 12Yr for £49.50
  3. Chateau Du Breuil - 20yo Reserve des Seigneurs XO Calvados for £99.95
  4. Boulard - Calvados VSOP Gift Pack for £39.34
  5. Domaine Pacory - Calvados du Domfrontais 8 Year Old for £39.50


For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of Calvados brandy available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Berneroy XO Calvados 1

Berneroy

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Domaine Pacory Calvados du Domfrontais 12Yr 1

Domaine Pacory

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Chateau Du Breuil  20yo Reserve des Seigneurs XO Calvados  1

Chateau Du Breuil

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Boulard Calvados VSOP Gift Pack 1

Boulard

5
Domaine Pacory Calvados du Domfrontais 8 Year Old 1

Domaine Pacory

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Père Magloire VSOP Calvados 1

Père Magloire

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Chateau Du Breuil  Pays D'auge Fine Calvados 1

Chateau Du Breuil

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Berneroy Fine AOC Calvados 1

Berneroy

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Busnel Calvados Pays d'Auge 1

Busnel

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Henry de Querville  Fine Calvados 1

Henry de Querville

Name

XO Calvados

Calvados du Domfrontais 12Yr

20yo Reserve des Seigneurs XO Calvados

Calvados VSOP Gift Pack

Calvados du Domfrontais 8 Year Old

VSOP Calvados

Pays D'auge Fine Calvados

Fine AOC Calvados

Calvados Pays d'Auge

Fine Calvados

Features

Butterscotch, Sweet Spices, and Caramelised Apples Aged Over 10 Years in French Oak

Subtle Fruit Flavours From the Domfrontais Region

20 Year Old Batch With Complex Tasting Notes of Oak and Vanilla

Bottle and Glass Gift Set That’s the Perfect Present for Any Brandy Lover

Reminisce With the Nostalgic Flavour of Pear Drops

VSOP From Pays d’Auge With Sweet Notes of Honey and Butterscotch

The Youngest Calvados From Chateau du Breuil

A Brandy for Everything From Cocktails to Cooking

A Bargain Bottle With Notes of Apple, Florals and Wood

A Subtle Blend to Ease You Into the Flavours of Calvados

Price£40.81£49.50£99.95£39.34£39.50£37.37£27.99£28.31£26.55£29.66
TerroirCalvadosCalvados DomfrontaisCalvadosCalvados Pays d'AugeCalvados DomfrontaisCalvados Pays d'AugeCalvados Pays d'AugeCalvadosCalvados Pays d'AugeCalvados Pays d'Auge
VSOP / XO / AOCXOXOXOVSOPVSOPVSOPAOCAOCAOCAOC
Aged For10 years12 years20 years4 - 10 years8 years4 - 9 years2 years2 years2 years2 years
Tasting NotesCaramelised apples, buttery, nutty, butterscotch, baking spicesPear, applePear, apple, oak, vanillaApple, vanilla, orange, dark chocolatePear dropsApple, honey, vanilla, hazelnut, butterscotchAppleAromatic, fresh apple, butteryApple, floral, woodyApple, toffee, marzipan, herbs
ABV40 %40 %40 %40 %40 %40 %40 %40 %40 %40 %
Volume70 cl70 cl70 cl700 ml50 cl70 cl70 cl70 cl70 cl70 cl
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What Is a Calvados Brandy?

What Is a Calvados Brandy?

By distilling cider, the region of Calvados in Normandy, France, creates their own distinct style of brandy. As most popular French brandy is typically produced using a base of wine, this unusual choice results in a unique flavour profile of apple and pear


Once distilled, Clavados is aged in oak barrels for anything from 2 years to several decades. Because of the large variety of apples and pears used, plus variations in distillation and ageing methods, Calvados can feature a wide variety of tasting notes.

How to Choose Calvados Brandy in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Consider The Tasting Notes of Each Terroir
  2. Consider Which Ageing Process Will Suit Your Desired Flavour Profile

1. Choose Calvados Pays D’Auge for Subtle Flavours, or Calvados Domfrontais for a Complex Tasting Palette

1. Choose Calvados Pays D’Auge for Subtle Flavours, or Calvados Domfrontais for a Complex Tasting Palette

As well as the key tasting notes of apple and pear from the cider base, terroirs also affect the flavours of Calvados. Terroirs are the environmental conditions in a vineyard, such as climate, soil, terrain, and human practice. Calvados ordinarily falls into one of the three following categories:


  • Calvados: Sourced from lower Normandy, the Calvados terroir refers to around 70% of the region's produce. Ideal temperature and ample rainfall make this area perfect for cider production, growing over 230 varieties of apples and 130 varieties of pears. Because of this, it is the most varied in terms of flavour. 

  • Calvados Pays d'Auge: In this terroir, brandies undergo a compulsory double-distillation process before being aged for a minimum of 2 years. This allows for a subtler taste than regular Calvados varieties. This region often produces brandies with a minimum of 30% pear content, making this a key flavour on the palate.

  • Calvados Domfrontais: From the damper soils of this terroir comes a rich and intense flavour that's aged for a minimum of 3 years before bottling. Due to the slightly longer ageing tradition, these brandies tend to have a more well-rounded and complex flavour.

Get a taste of another region of France with our 10 Best Armagnacs!

2. Consider the Ageing Process: XOs Have an Intense Flavour Profile, VSOPs and AOCs Are Light and Fruity

2. Consider the Ageing Process: XOs Have an Intense Flavour Profile, VSOPs and AOCs Are Light and Fruity

Another influential factor in Calvados production is the ageing process. Each bottle will either be XO, VSOP or AOC, and this will greatly impact the overall flavour profile. Whether you opt for a young bottle of just 2 years, or splash out on a decades-old blend, there's sure to be an option that's perfect for you. 


  • XO: The most desirable option among connoisseurs, XOs are aged for a minimum of 10 years, with many bottles undergoing decades-long ageing processes. This brings out a round, intense fullness in the flavours and adds a hint of woody vanilla that's best enjoyed as a stand-alone treat.

  • VSOP: Aged for around 4 to 9 years, this variety is lighter in its flavours and is often enjoyed as an accompaniment to a meal. It retains hints of apple and pear, but also has a wealth of other floral and fruity notes. 

  • AOC: Generally the lowest budget option on the market, these bottles are aged for 2 to 4 years, and retain the most of their distinctive apple and pear cider flavour. They can act as a great introduction to Calvados if you're not quite ready for the intense complexity of XOs. 

Enjoy the crisp flavours of apple and pear with one of the Best Ciders in the UK!

10 Best Calvados Brandys in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

BerneroyXO Calvados

£40.81

TerroirCalvados
VSOP / XO / AOCXO
Aged For10 years
Tasting NotesCaramelised apples, buttery, nutty, butterscotch, baking spices
ABV40 %
Volume70 cl
2

Domaine PacoryCalvados du Domfrontais 12Yr

£49.50

TerroirCalvados Domfrontais
VSOP / XO / AOCXO
Aged For12 years
Tasting NotesPear, apple
ABV40 %
Volume70 cl
3

Chateau Du Breuil 20yo Reserve des Seigneurs XO Calvados

£99.95

TerroirCalvados
VSOP / XO / AOCXO
Aged For20 years
Tasting NotesPear, apple, oak, vanilla
ABV40 %
Volume70 cl
4

BoulardCalvados VSOP Gift Pack

£39.34

TerroirCalvados Pays d'Auge
VSOP / XO / AOCVSOP
Aged For4 - 10 years
Tasting NotesApple, vanilla, orange, dark chocolate
ABV40 %
Volume700 ml
5

Domaine PacoryCalvados du Domfrontais 8 Year Old

£39.50

TerroirCalvados Domfrontais
VSOP / XO / AOCVSOP
Aged For8 years
Tasting NotesPear drops
ABV40 %
Volume50 cl
6
TerroirCalvados Pays d'Auge
VSOP / XO / AOCVSOP
Aged For4 - 9 years
Tasting NotesApple, honey, vanilla, hazelnut, butterscotch
ABV40 %
Volume70 cl
7

Chateau Du Breuil Pays D'auge Fine Calvados

£27.99

TerroirCalvados Pays d'Auge
VSOP / XO / AOCAOC
Aged For2 years
Tasting NotesApple
ABV40 %
Volume70 cl
8

BerneroyFine AOC Calvados

£28.31

TerroirCalvados
VSOP / XO / AOCAOC
Aged For2 years
Tasting NotesAromatic, fresh apple, buttery
ABV40 %
Volume70 cl
9

BusnelCalvados Pays d'Auge

£26.55

TerroirCalvados Pays d'Auge
VSOP / XO / AOCAOC
Aged For2 years
Tasting NotesApple, floral, woody
ABV40 %
Volume70 cl
10

Henry de Querville Fine Calvados

£29.66

TerroirCalvados Pays d'Auge
VSOP / XO / AOCAOC
Aged For2 years
Tasting NotesApple, toffee, marzipan, herbs
ABV40 %
Volume70 cl

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