I've tried several liquor stores, large and small, in my area (Central NJ/Princeton) and none of them seem to carry Calvados from France, which I need for a recipe. They do, however, have plenty of Laird's Apple brandies and liqueurs (Made in NJ)...As much as I'd love to support local industry, I find these to be unpalatable on their own. I wonder if they can be used as a successful substitute for Calvados, which, I assume, would be much smoother and flavorful than this domestic product.
I already have a big problem with NJ's big lobby of distributors, who have successfully kept residents from being able to order wines, etc. via internet/mailorder...Is this another example of their stranglehold? Am I missing something? Has its import been prohibited? Or is Calvados just difficult to find due to lack of demand? I didn't expect to have a problem finding it at all.