Monday, June 6, 2016
Calvados Pacory Reserve, 54% abv ($40)
The aroma on this is huge. Just popping the bottle fills the air with fruit. It's got a powerful apple/pear nose with a bit of sourness on it, much like a good cider. The palate is much drier than you would expect from the nose. It opens with wood and a slight bitterness, yielding to some medicinal notes and then a touch of sweetness with some acid at the end, all of which comes together very well. The finish is long lasting and brings back the pure fruit of the nose.
This is a really nice brandy. The fruit on the nose is balanced nicely by the wood on the palate. It tastes very mature for a five year old spirit, and it drinks very easily for its proof (and cask strength Calvados is pretty tough to find). It's good stuff, very drinkable and a great deal at $40.