G.E. Massenez Vieux Calvados

700 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  271726

With apologies to Starbucks's Pumpkin Spice Latte, but if autumn could be a beverage, it would be Calvados, the apple brandy from Normandy in northern France. This one does the category proud, capturing great depth of flavour and warmth with sophisticated balance. The up-front apple essence is sublime and combines with suggestions of orange marmalade, vanilla ice cream, caramel, peppery spice and tobacco-like earthiness. Score - 93. (Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 18, 2018)