For almost 200 years, Boulard has been making calvados in Coquainvilliers, but never in aquavit casks. But tomorrow, March 22, there will be a very unusual release in Systembolaget’s order range, as Boulard launches its collaboration with Swedish O.P. Anderson – Boulard Grand Solage O.P. Anderson Aquavit Cask Finish, where Boulard’s famous calvados has been aged in barrels from O.P. Anderson in Matfors.
For those new to calvados, Boulard is one of the most famous and historic brands. Founded in 1825 by Pierre-Auguste Boulard in the Pays d’Auge, known as the finest apellation for calvados in Normandy, the distillery is now run by the fifth generation. Boulard produces calvados in a traditional and artisanal way.
Our Swedish O.P. Anderson has an equally long history, although the aquavit for which it is best known today was created in 1891. Olof Peter Anderson launched his “Gammal Fin Prima Aquavit” for the Gothenburg Exhibition, which later became his name. More recently, O.P. Anderson has become known for its inventive collaborations, such as an aquavit aged in Cognac barrels and O.P. Anderson Björk, an aquavit flavored with birch buds and birch sap.
Boulard Grand Solage O.P. Anderson Aquavit Cask Finish is a warm amber color with a rich apple flavor. The aging in aquavit casks gives spicy notes of cumin, anise and licorice in both aroma and taste. The long and rounded aftertaste has hints of caramel, licorice, and vanilla. The Calvadose is best enjoyed at room temperature in a tulip-shaped glass.
The interest in Boulard Grand Solage O.P. Anderson Aquavit Cask Finish has been great and all 6725 bottles are sold out to suppliers around the world. From tomorrow, March 22, you will find the drink as part of Systembolaget’s order range with no. 50732.