For late and dry hopping we have chosen East Kent Goldings known for gentle aromas including floral, lavender, spice, honey, earthy and thyme. An old English favourite, developed from the Canterbury Whitebine variety in the late 1700s. According to British Hops, East Kent Goldings ” …is grown exclusively in East Kent by a handful of growers. It is a tall hop with loose low yielding cones, is susceptible to downy & powdery mildews and wilt.”
This beer is hopped during the boil with the Golding variety called Whitbread. Known as WGV, this hop has fresh, earthy, botanical and floral flavours. For bittering during the boil WGV gives a mild, clean bitterness and is often used in traditional ales. Developed in the 30’s by Edward White, a Kent hop farmer, the cultivation was taken over by brewers Whitbread in the 50’s when they bought the farm. Although not a ‘pure’ Golding, and some say more likely related to the variety Fuggle, it is a classic English hop.
Flavour Intensity 7/10