Daron Fine Calvados is Pays d’Auge-- to be labeled as such verifies that it has fulfilled the most extensive quality control regulations for AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée ) calvados. This Daron opens with smells that are delectable: Gravenstein apples, stewed apples, poached pears w/ honey, soft apple blossoms and full ripe fruitiness. The fruit flavors are much more subdued on the palate, giving way to salted yellow apple, whiskey tones and bitter apple seeds carried in a smooth, dry mouth-feel. The finish comes with an ardent burst of spice that saunters off with a clean lingering warmth. This is a superb Calvados to use as an aperitif, in an adult beverage or as that famous 'secret' recipe ingredient.