Review: Daron Calvados Fine Pays D’Auge

Review: Daron Calvados Fine Pays D’Auge

daron calvados

We don’t drink much apple brandy round these parts, either domestic or foreign. Daron is the Calvados brand you’re probably most likely to encounter in the wild. There’s not a lot of information about the brandy’s provenance available (it’s Daron’s entry-level spirit), but it comes from the Pays d’Auge region of France, which is widely regarded for its apple orchards. Aging time is not disclosed.

The nose is mild, distinctly apple but slight and a bit thin. On the body, a rush of alcohol, then old wood tones. Apple comes on later, with a bit of vanilla and cinnamon on the finish. The balance is off on this; there’s not enough fruit and the wood character is too hoary and rough for what ought to be an elegant spirit, and the body is too thin for any of it.

Sure, at this price you don’t expect greatness, but this Calvados is mainly fit only for mixology, not straight sipping.

80 proof.

B- / $20 (375ml bottle)

Daron Calvados Fine Pays D'Auge




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. James on February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I don’t I think I would expect something relatively close to greatness at $20 for a 375 ml. For that price I would expect it to be at the very least adequate, and the way you describe it, it sounds like it misses the mark by quite a bit.

  2. Wayne C. Parker on December 28, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I enjoy it, thin, maybe, not balanced, maybe… I usually drink bourbon. Nce change!

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