Cultivated through our in-house breeding program, Enigma™ is the newest flavour hop in the Hop Products Australia family.
Typical descriptors don’t work very well for Enigma™. Our formal tasting sessions have given us interesting terms like ‘Pinot Gris’, ‘raspberries’, and ‘redcurrant’, through to rock melon and light tropical fruit. We don’t feel that any of these are really adequate, but we do know that the flavours and aromas are irresistibly appealing!
After winning over Aussie brewers with her beguiling ways in trial brews, we expanded our plantings at our Tasmanian farm in 2013, ready for her first generous crop in 2015.
As you’d expect from one so cheeky and enchanting, Enigma™’s great fun to play with. A bit of a chameleon – different aspects of her enigmatic character shine, depending on how you use her.
Dry hop or add her late in the brew to maximise her flavour and aroma potential.
Our newest plays nicely with her sisters, taking the lead or supporting them in many beer styles. Equally she stands strong on her own.
Truly an enigma, our records show that our new girl is a descendant of the Swiss Tettnang hop, but not only does she grow like a North American hop, she throws up a range of flavours that are far removed from her heritage.