A detailed look at two of the world's most interesting spirits; Calvados and Rum. We interview importer and author Charles Neal on Calvados and Rum specialist Tristan Mermin.
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Shane, apples contribute more tannins than pears. It's useful to think of the cidre as a "red" wine and the poire as a white. Pear usually lightens the Calvados. Plus, in Domfrontais, the soil is actually better suited to pears than apples. I published this on Calvados and Normandy a few years back if you want some more info: www.guildsomm.com/.../booze-224-la-normande-calvados-cidre-poir-233-and-pommeau