Taiheke formerly known as NZ Cascade is typically employed in “new world” style pale ales and creative brewers are using late in brewing summer ales where its fruit forward aroma and oils profile make for a refreshing finish.
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Taiheke hops origins stem from an early US breeding program circa 1956 and was the first commercially bred hop to emerge from the USDA-ARS program when released in 1972. Cascade was bred from crossing an English Fuggle with a male selection believed to have been a crossing of Fuggle with the Russian variety Serebrianka.
During selection Taiheke hop displays quite exceptional levels of citrus moving more to New Zealand tropical fruit characteristics. Through selection, agronomics and “Terroir” the flavour and aroma characteristics have altered markedly from the original cultivar to no longer be considered the same variety. Its bright colour and tight compact cone shape give it instant appeal during selections and the power of its resinous fruit mix on the senses makes it a real standout during selection.
Taiheke performs well when used as a single variety across multiple kettle additions or when singled out as a late gift or dry hopping duty. Can do some really great things for the hop advocate when matched up with some of the other New Zealand aroma heavy weights such as Motueka
. A fun hop in the brewery which literally sighs with pleasure when plunged into a hop back.
"A personality of its own"
Typically employed in “new world” style pale ales and creative brewers are using late in very in summer ales where its fruit forward aroma and oils profile make for a refreshing finish.
HPLC & Oil Composition (Measured within 6 months of harvest, stored at 0C)
||37% of Alpha Acids
||1.1 ml oil per 100gm cone weight
||180 uL Oil/gram Alpha
|Floral Estery Fraction
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