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Jan 8, 2007 03:04 PM

Calvados -- brands to look for or avoid

I had a delicious calvados at a bar the other night, it was aged five-years, unfortunately I don't remember the name, starts with an "m" I think. anyway when going calvados shopping there are lots of options in a wide range of prices ($12-$50 at the last store I went to). I'd prefer to spend around $20 (or less if you have a recommendation), but don't want to waste my money. Suggestions?

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  1. Great brands are Huard, and Groult. Pere Magliore is awful. However, I don't know if you can get a tasty, not harsh Calva for your budget. You don't have to go for the really old stuff, a 15 year old calva can be really nice.

    Where do you live? If in NY try Union sq, 67 St, or Astor. Chicago, Sam's is the place.

    1. A Morin Calvados should be in your price range and fit the bill. You can find the Morin "Selection" for under $20, and their VSOP for a little above.

      1. Domaine L. Dupont is my favorite -- -- regardless of price, and while less expensive than some, it's more than your "$20 or less" . . .

        In that range, one of the best (and widely available) that I've found is Daron Calvados ( ), which is owned by Cognac Ferrand and, while not as good (IMHO) as Dupont, Pierre Huet ( ), Lemorton ( ) or Coeur de Lion ( ) -- it's relatively inexpensive, generally available and good enough to drink (as opposed to "only good enough for cooking").

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          1. re: Jim Dorsch

            Also a couple of hard ciders . . .

        1. Thanks for the suggestions. I work in NYC. Did a little follow-up and found the bar's menu of what I had ordered and enjoyed: "calvados meslon; five years old with fragrant with apple notes." Anyone know anything about this brand, for example if it isn't available what else would be similar?

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          1. re: Produce Addict

            Sorry. I've never heard of "Meslon."

          2. Just saw the Meslon listed on the drinks menu @ Tabla. Pays d' Auge (5 years) @ $8.00. That's pretty cheap considering how nice Tabla is.

            AS least we now know it's a Pays d'Auge.