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Sometimes in life there are two things with a shared nature, a kinship; they are somehow meant to be together, despite apparent differences. And so it is, we believe, with Scotch whisky and Calvados. Scotland and Normandy, the home of Calvados, are only 500 miles apart; both northern European, they have cool, maritime climates. Their prize agricultural crops, barley and apples respectively, have a long, shared history of usage together, particularly in baking. They provide a classic combination of flavours that we’re all familiar with. Orchard fruit notes are common to both Calvados and Scotch malt whisky. Many Calvados producers double-distil in pot stills, just like their Scottish cousins. Maturation in French oak is another aspect of their shared DNA. These two spirits share richness, sweetness and complexity; the Calvados lends an intensity and length to the finish which enhances the character of the Scotch whiskies.