They say it is America's oldest family run distillery, been around since about 1700. Only in the aftertaste, do I pick up a faint taste of apple. It is smooth, 80 proof, very drinkable - but disappointing in the lack of apple flavor.
I have been to Normandy a couple of times. I like calvados for it's crisp apple notes. The first time I was in Normandy I came across a village fete and bought Calvados from the man who made it. A was a single serving sample bottle, I enjoyed it that evening before going to dinner. The restaurant at hotel had Norman Cider on the menu. Hard cider is the first step in making apple brandy such as Calvados. I ordered a bottle, nice, dry and easy to drink. I emptied the bottle, before realizing that it kicked like a mule. Have you ever walked through a field of wheat stubble, in a freshly cut field? I had grown up in farm country, but had not been in a wheat field in 25 years. I had a nice walk in the 100 acre field next to the hotel that evening. I slept like a log.