Absinthe Premier Fils 65%

An exceptional absinthe bottle: an intact ABSINTHE PREMIER FILS, one of the greatest brands
of the Belle Epoque era. As you’ll see in the photos, it has the complete original branded
capsule, quite wonderful!
Comoz "Absinthe des Alpes"

Established in 1870 in Chambery in the Savoie region, C. Comoz specialized in a unique
vermouth blanc (white vermouth) and an equally remarkable absinthe "Absinthe des Alpes",
based on a local recipe, and using mountain herbs.

The absinthe is extremely pale amber in colour, and louches almost white. My belief is that
this absinthe was originally a blanche, and the slight colour now is simply a result of a century
of ageing. It's not possible to say this with absolute certainty, it may instead have been an
exceptionally pale verte. The aroma and flavour of this absinthe are quite wonderful, very
floral, licorice root and green anise of the very finest quality are both noticeable, the louche
is thick and rich, and yet the absinthe has an extraordinarily refined feel in the mouth, very
feminine and perfumed in character. Really quite remarkable!
Absinthe Pernod Fils "Garanti Fabriqué en 1913"

This is the classic "benchmark" Pernod Fils with the labels overprinted "Fabriqué en 1913"
(made in 1913). This is a very rare bottling - these bottles were the very last stock produced
by Pernod before the ban in 1914. They were sent to Holland for safekeeping and a small
quantity were released 25 years later for export in 1938 with this special overprinted label.
The balance of the stocks was unfortunately destroyed by bombing during the war. Photos
show the bottle still covered in the original cellar dust!
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Vintage Calvados
Apples & Other Fruit Eaux-de-Vie & Brandies
There are many different types of fruit brandies, and exact definitions are sometimes unclear.

Eau-de-vie, a French phrase that means literally "water of life", generally refers to a distillation of any
fruit other than the grape, that has an alcohol content of around 100% proof. The spirit is often
colourless, since it is either bottled immediately after distillation, or stored in glass-lined casks or
earthenware containers. This method of storage retains the intense fruit flavour and maintains the high
alcohol content.

The famous apple brandy from Normandy, calvados, is distilled from good quality apple cider fermented
for a minimum of one month (by which time all the sugar has gone) and then aged in cask, sometimes for
as long as 20 or 40 years.

Other well known fruit brandies and eaux-de-vie are kirsch or kirschwasser, made from cherries, Poire
William made from pears, Slivovitz from plums, framboise from raspberries and fraise from
strawberries.
Some previously sold bottles of vintage calvados:
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Vieux Calvados Cru de la Vallée de la Drome 1875

Distilled in Noron-La-Poterie. 1/2 bottle.
Damaged wax seal but untouched cork.
Calvados Pays d'Auge Camut 1898

A very rare and highly esteemed calvados distilled by Adrien Camut, the grandfather
of Emmanuel and Jean-Gabriel Camut, the actual owners of the distillery.
Camut is recognized as being the best calvados producer in the Pays d'Auge and is
found in many top restaurants such as La Tour d'Argent in Paris. 19th century bottles
of Calvados Camut are very scarce!
Très Vieux Calvados Pays d'Auge 1905

"Very old Calvados from exceptional vintages selected by Chort-Mutel in
Pont-Audemer".
Vieux Calvados Domfrontais Huard 1921

Seven generations of the Huard family have been distilling calvados in Normandy.
Huard 1921 was awarded by the National Union of Calvados Producers, an
extraordinary reward back then.
Vieux Calvados Pays d'Auge Huet 1865

Huet 1865 is one the earliest vintage calvados recorded. François Huet started to
distill calvados in 1865 but only for his own family. Some of his bottles sold to very
high-end French restaurant at the end of the 19th century and that’s when Huet
began to be a renowned and prestigious calvados brand.
Calvados Pays d'Auge Roger Groult 1865        

Like the Huet 1865 above, the Groult 1865 is one the earliest vintage calvados
recorded. Groult's family still live on the same land as their ancestors who started the
farm in 1622. This vintage-dated calvados was from their very old reserve and was
limited to 250 bottles only. This one is number 14/250.
Calvados Pays d'Auge Roger Groult 1868

Like the Huet 1865 above, the Groult 1868 is one the earliest vintage calvados
recorded. Groult's family still live on the same land as their ancestors who started the
farm in 1622. This vintage-dated calvados was from their very old reserve and was
limited to 250 bottles only. This one is number 233/250.
Vieux Calvados Pays d'Auge Groult 1913

This pot of 2.5 liters was bottled especially for Maurice Boymond, the brother of the
famous pilot Emile Boymond.
Vieux Calvados Château de la Boscherie 1908

A superb bottle from a lovely château in Sainte-Honorine-La-Guillaume (Orne).
Calvados Pays d'Auge Camut 1912

A very rare and highly esteemed calvados distilled by Adrien Camut, the grandfather
of Emmanuel and Jean-Gabriel Camut, the actual owners of the distillery.
Camut is recognized as being the best calvados producer in the Pays d'Auge and is
found in many top restaurants such as La Tour d'Argent in Paris.
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Calvados Pays d'Auge Camut 1873

A very rare and highly esteemed calvados distilled by Adrien Camut, the grandfather
of Emmanuel and Jean-Gabriel Camut, the actual owners of the distillery.
Camut is recognized as being the best calvados producer in the Pays d'Auge and is
found in many top restaurants such as La Tour d'Argent in Paris. 19th century bottles
of Calvados Camut are very scarce and this vintage 1873 is quite an extraordinary
find as this is one of the oldest calvados Camut we've ever found.
Vieux Calvados Domfrontais Lemorton 1926

This prestigious vintage - 90 years old - from the Lemorton family is not available
anymore from the domain. Without a doubt the best calvados Domfrontais (30% apple
and 70% pear) on earth.

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Très Vieux Calvados Pays d'Auge A. Legoux 1893

A beautiful half-bottle (37.5cl) in perfect condition. Armand Legoux was an important
distiller in Luc sur Mer and a street now carries his name there.

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