Our current favourite hop variety here at a swift one is popping up all over the place at the moment. It seems everyone is having a crack at brewing with Nelson Sauvin, so here's a quick profile of this terrific strain from the informative New Zealand hops website.
"A triploid variety bred from New Zealand variety “Smoothcone” and a selected New Zealand male. Developed at New Zealand HortResearch and released in 2000, the essential oil profile displays “fresh crushed gooseberries” a descriptor often used for the grape variety Sauvignon Blanc, giving rise to this variety’s name.
A hop that requires judicious application in the brew house, this truly unique dual-purpose variety can be used to produce big punchy Ales as well as subtle yet bitter Lagers. The fruitiness may be a little overpowering for the un-initiated, however those with a penchant for bold hop character will find several applications for this true brewer's hop."
Look out for beers from Mallinsons (Sportsman Special), Riverhead (Nelson Sauvin) and Fernandes (Nelson IPA) doing the rounds in Huddersfield this week - all featuring this dangerously addictive taste sensation!