Calvados is an apple brandy from the French region of Lower Normandy. It is made from cider apples, double distilled and often aged in oak casks for a period of time. It is rumoured to have come into being around the time of Charlemagne, the great leader often cited as being the ‘father of Europe’ who united most of this region under his influence, the first to do so since the Romans.
I discovered it years ago while living in London, while looking for a present for my father in law. In our home it is drunk at the end of a evening after a good meal â€“ or when friends come round after a night out.