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Calvados brand Christian Drouin launches first spirit in experimental series

Family-owned Calvados brand Christian Drouin has released the first edition of a new experimental range in the UK.

Hampden Angels, the first edition of the Expérimental de Christian Drouin series, will be exclusively distributed by Speciality Brands.

Hampden Angels is a 14 years old Pays d'Auge Calvados aged for eight months in American oak barrels which previously contained rums from the iconic Hampden distillery in Jamaica. 

Christian Drouin says the cask finish brings powerful aromatic layers to the spirit with flavours of ripe banana, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and baked apples. Hampden Angel is classified as an Eau de Vie de Cidre, with only 1,296 bottles of the expression released globally. The 44% ABV spirit will be available at specialist retailers from August with a recommended price of £90 for a 70cl bottle.

Chris Seale, managing director of Speciality Brands, said: "There's a growing interest in Calvados at the moment with the French spirit starting to gain recognition as an approachable and dynamic drinks category. Brands like Christian Drouin which have a long-standing heritage combined with a modern vision are spearheading innovation and creativity in Calvados."

The Expérimental de Christian Drouin series aims to demonstrate the house's craftsmanship skills and drive for innovation, with new limited editions set to be released each year.

21 August 2020 - Bethany Whymark