Whistling Sisters / ESB 4.9% - 330ml Can

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$4.10 NZD
Extra Special Bitters are all about balance with big malt flavour and sweetness meeting the hop bitterness head on. Whistling Sisters' gloriously copper-coloured take on the iconic English style has toffee, nutty, biscuit malts, a bitter finish and a creamy full mouthfeel. It is made with the quintessential English hop - East Kent Goldings. EKG were first grown in the late 1700s and quickly became prized for their marmelade honey sweetness with earthy, floral lavender notes. The hop is genetically identical to Golding hop variants grown elsewhere but tastes different purely due to the unique terroir of East Kent with its loamy chalk soil and the salty wind which blows off the Thames estuary. In common with the Ordinary Bitter style, it has low carbonation, is well rounded and is best drunk at cellar temperature but the 'Extra Special' take has a much bigger flavour profile and higher alcohol making it more suited to sipping than quaffing. Bitters may by rather unfashionable in today's beer climate (especially outside England) and they certainly aren't the bitterest style out there but overlook them at your peril- there are few things more enjoyable than a pint of the stuff accompanied by a pie and the Sunday papers.

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