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Calvados Experience in Normandy


I recently visited Normandy for the first time and wanted to share a relatively new attraction I discovered that I hadn’t seen in any guidebooks or forums. The Calvados Experience in the town of Pont-l’Evêque is a multi-sensory introduction to a delicacy made only in Normandy. We were staying in Honfleur and this was only about 20 minutes away by car. We went around midday on a weekday and were the only ones there the entire time. The descriptions of the attraction are vague at best, so we weren’t really sure what we were getting ourselves into. Upon arrival, we had to wait about 10 minutes for the next “experience” to begin. We were then ushered into a dark room where a video began. What followed was a journey through seven rooms that illuminated the sights, sounds, and smells of the region and, specifically, of this unique beverage. The experience allows the visitors to walk through the entire production process, culminating in a tasting of two different types of calvados. The whole thing takes about an hour, though one could certainly spend all day in the tasting room. At €12.5, I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone visiting the region.

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Barbra - sorry you didn’t get a more apple sensation than bovine. Were you maybe tasting Cowvados?