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Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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The first two hundred or so pages are all preparatory to meet the makers. They will stimulate both novice and aficionado. This is one book to prepare for doing extended field work. As Calvados sipped is the aperitif to build your appetite for the strenuous lunch soon to be set before us, so too will this book fortify the mind to encounter all that lies ahead. It will serve as your digestif upon returning home, laden with bottled booty.
Mr. Neal is your Chief of Staff, worthy of an Eisenhower planning Operation Overlord. He nimbly lays before us just the right map for each objective, clear and nicely colored, spreading across two commanding pages when fitting. All vital historical and cultural information is smartly organized at the proper level of detail. Luck favors the prepared, mon ami.
Mr. Neal does take a couple of pot shots at us Southerners, referring to our impulsive, hot Latin blood. He does so to contrast the redoubtable Norman, who is apt to be more patient, humble and friendly. Fair enough, I suppose. The Normans in our village fit that bill. Still, we of Armagnac can be friendly in our own animated fashion, especially for Calvados poured over our Agen Plums.
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Charles Neal (author) triumphs here not only in his completist coverage, but also in his prognostication that the heretofore unheralded virtues of Calvados will soon be discovered by the spirits world, mainstream and cognoscenti alike. No other Calvados authority in the United States can claim to know as much as Mr Neal, and yet he graciously gives credit to those whose works precede his own.
Watch intently for the emergence of an apple brandy industry in America, and look closely at Washington, the apple capital of the world, to provide the best examples! Thank you to Charles Neal for amply providing much-needed inspiration!
I've been a fond drinker of Calvados for many years and have been lucky enough to visit Normandy many times. This book has taught me many of the nuances of this wonderful digestif and I now understand why I like my favourite producer as much as I do.
Essential reading for anyone who enjoys a Calvados.
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Wonderful book. For me it hit the right balance of nerdy details and fun backgrounds that might interest other people in conversation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Luckywales