Re: Accidental Calvados - What to do next
- Thanks JB
I toasted off a couple of handfulls of chips and dropped them into the demijohn with the spirit. Don't worry, there was no chance of not keeping it :)
What I'll do this year is to use a batch of apples just for distillation and keep topping it up. I'll have a little snifter beforehand just to see what it's like. I use to live a lot in Normandy and Brittany and went round a few distilleries, now I wish I'd paid more attention to what was going on lol. But who knew?
I'll report back around October after having a little snifter
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "jamesonbeam1" <jamesonbeam1@...> wrote:
> Definitely Keep It!
> Calvados from the Normandy region of France is aged in French oak
> barrels, they are not charred like our Bourbon barrels, but only toasted
> with no direct heat applied.
> If your wood chips dont have the alligator char on them then you can use
> that or get some regular white oak chips and just toast them in the oven
> till they start turning brown. Just like any fine wine or whiskey,
> what makes Calvados is the vanillin and tannin flavors from aging.
> I believe Calvados must be aged at least 3 years commercially, usually
> going from newer Frence oak barrels to older sherry barrels. The better
> varieties can age as long as 30 years.
> Might try for at least 6 months if ya dont taste it all gone... [;)]
> --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "mm123.rm" <mm123@> wrote:
> > Hi guys
> > I had a batch of apple wine that went a bit 'off' so was going to
> distill it off, throw in a load of activated charcoal, and use it as
> knocking spirit.
> > It's fantastic stuff. I did a stripping run, and a spirit run, when I
> tasted it it's calvados. Ok, a bit young and a little harsh around the
> edges with just a hint of sweetness.
> > It's looking like I'll have around 1.5L at 72%
> > So what next, I don't have a barrel but I do have a big packet of oak
> chips from a former bourbon barrel that I was going to use for a trial
> of whisky, this could be sacrificed for the greater good.
> > Thanks a lot