The domain is La Couterie, the family is Toutain, and they’ve been distilling apple cider into Calvados for five generations, or since 1921 (commercially, that is; prior to ’21 the tax man knew nothing). This is a family of ardent traditionalists. They cultivate their orchards in the old hautes-tiges manner, season new barrels thoroughly with cider to keep the flavor of wood out of their spirits, and never distill any cider before it’s fermented and aged for six to eighteen months. Last but far from least, they use no additives—be it flavor enhancers, coloring agents, or sugar—and put no yeast into their cider ferments. It goes without saying that their orchards have been farmed organically for as long as anyone can remember.