Fowey Valley wanted to call it Cornish Calvados- the French said ‘non’ so for years they called it Cider Brandy. The Trading Standards people have since told them that the Spanish insist Brandy can only be made from grapes(?) So now it’s called ‘Oak-aged cider spirit’.
They pot distil their Cider Spirit twice from their vintage cider up to 65% ABV. It’s then laid down in new, small, medium toasted, European Oak barrels for more than twelve months.
It is a wonderful straw-gold in colour with black cherry and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate are nuts, molasses and raisins with a hint of liquorice and pepper.