Just got back from Normandy where we had the please of drinking just a wee bit of Cidre. We had Cidre made by François David that was refined, elegant and a great aperitif. Also had a farmouse cider bought at the Honfleur market from Joelle Guignery from Tourouvre in the Auge. This cider wasa bit rougher, earthier and really brings the funk. Good, but a whole different animal from Francois David. I bought a bottle of Calva from Joelle & he gave me the cider as a bonus gift.
Really wish that we could make a good bottle of cider here in the US. I've only found one place that makes cider with actual apples and natural fermentation: Farnum Hill in NH or Wandering Aegus from Salem, OR. Crisp, dry and complex. . .
Can't stand the stuff made from apple concentrate like Magner's, Woodchuck and the like, can you?? It is a bit like comparing Mad Dog to carefully mad wine though.
The next best thing to good Calva is Clear Creek's apple brandy. Quite nice stuff, especially the 8 yr. . . :)
Farnum Hill Ciders
98 Poverty Ln, Lebanon, NH
Clear Creek Distillery
2389 NW Wilson St, Portland, OR
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
6130 Bethel Heights Rd NW, Salem, OR