Drouin
Drouin

Today, the second and third generation members of the Drouin family run this this award-winning producer, which creates high-end artisanal Calvados in the centre of the AOC Calvados Pays d’Auge.

Calvados starts with apples, and the Drouin family take care to only select apples from organic orchards where cows and not pesticides are favoured to look after the apple trees. The family works with 35 different varieties of apples, all harvested from the orchard floor rather than using mechanical pickers. Depending on the harvest and style of Calvados to be produced the apple juice is naturally fermented for between five weeks and 10 months in open wooden tanks before a double distillation in traditional Charentais pot stills. The resulting spirit is round and smooth with rich, fruity flavours.

The casks used to age the Calvados can be former sherry, port, Cognac and Bordeaux wine casks. A high angel’s share (around 4%) thanks to the Normandy climate supports the development of great aromatic complexity.

The Drouin range spans from the unaged eau-de-vie “La Blanche”, an aromatic distillate of pear and apple ciders, to the 15yo Calvados “Hors D’Age”, a stunning spirit aged in small oak casks

 

VIRTUAL SHOW SCHEDULE

 

THURSDAY 22 APRIL

A TASTING THROUGH THREE DECADES OF DROUIN CALVADOS - Starts at 6pm

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Drouin: A Tasting Through Three Decades Collection - Cognac Show 2021 - 3x3cl : The Whisky Exchange

Christian Drouin Senior spent 20 years producing and ageing Calvados without selling a bottle, aiming to create a unique collection of Calvados vintages. Drouin make artisanal Calvados in the centre of the Pays d’Auge from organic orchards and using traditional production methods. Taste through three decades by comparing vintage Drouin Calvados from 1981, 1991 and 2001.

 

FRIDAY 23 APRIL

CALVADOS …CASK EXPERIMENTATION - Starts at 8pm

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Calvados Cask Experimentation - Cognac Show 2021 - 5x3cl : The Whisky Exchange

The new buzzword in the world of aged spirits is 'cask experimentation' which we see plenty of in categories like Whisky, but Calvados is also stepping up to the plate. Both Drouin and Père Magaloire are leaders in this field, working with partners around the world to create exciting new styles of a spirit that is definitely the one to watch.

 

SATURDAY 24 APRIL

XO TASTING WITH HINE & AE DOR COGNACS & DROUIN CALVADOS - Starts at 3.30pm

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XO Tasting with Hine, Drouin and AE Dor - Cognac Show 2021 - 3x3cl : The Whisky Exchange

An opulent session focused on the ‘Extra Old’ bottlings from three fantastic producers; AE Dor and Hine Cognac, and Drouin Calvados. Learn about what makes an XO an XO, and how time & casks affect the flavours present in a spirit.

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO DROUIN CALVADOS - Starts at 4.45pm

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Introduction to Drouin Calvados Tasting Set - Cognac Show 2021 - 5x3cl : The Whisky Exchange

Christian Drouin produce award winning artisanal Calvados in the centre of the Pays d’Auge. With organic orchards, natural fermentation and traditional Charentais pot stills, the flavours are smooth and fruity with rich aromatic complexity. They are bottled uncoloured and unsweetened.  Taste through the range which spans from the unaged ‘La Blanche’ to the 15yo ‘Hors D’Age’ and hear from the producer about their unique methods. 

 

COGNAC VS CALVADOS WITH HINE & DROUIN - Starts at 7pm

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Hine & Drouin: Cognac vs Calvados Tasting Set - Cognac Show 2021 - 5x3cl : The Whisky Exchange

Take part in an interesting and delicious comparison between Calvados and Cognac by comparing VSOPs and XOs from each of Hine Cognac and Drouin Calvados. The producers will discuss the differences and similarities between the categories and finish off with a yet-to-be-released Drouin Calvados that has been finished in a Hine Cognac cask.

 

 

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