Can you make Calvados from all types of apples?
No. Unlike table fruit, cider fruit (apples or pears) are small in size and particularly rich in tannins.
Apples are classified into four families (sharp, bittersharp, sweet and bittersweet). It is the subtle blend of these different varieties that gives the cider to be distilled the balance and character that will later be found in the Calvados. All the varieties of cider apples and perry pears are listed in the appendices to each appellation’s specifications.