Thornbridge: Kipling

20131109_203257…the first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” (Rudyard Kipling)

Dear old Rudyard obviously never went to France then…  I’ve been a couple of times, smelt it extensively, and I still can’t fathom the french people out.  To be honest, France smelt much like England does – only with a faint whiff of cheese and a tang of public urination.

Interesting fact: did you know that Kipling’s mother was hard of hearing and a bit dim?  Neither did I…  She mistook the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for a Doctor.  A simple enquiry of “Has he got a name?” sounded too much like “Are you bearing the pain?” and her reply of “It’s Ruddy ‘Ard!”  established one of the most intriguing names in literature.

In a similar vein, did you know that Roald Dahl’s mother was unable to pronounce the letter “n”?

(Laugh, damn you…this sort of stuff doesn’t write itself, you know…)

But back to the original quotation…and to paraphrase it: in order to understand Thornbridge Kipling you first have to smell it

And what a glorious smell it is too:  Nelson Sauvin all the way (Kipling is a single hop beer, of that variety) and Nelson Sauvin brings forth huge bunches of elderflowers, white wine and fresh bales of hay; a gentle malty aroma providing a cotton-sheet light background to hang all of this delicate aroma upon.

Colour-wise, it’s almost a pale champagne – further contributing to an overall theme of floaty lightness.  Even the head looks like cow parsley on a summer’s day…

The taste is intense: white-wine, grapes, kiwi fruit and an overall feeling of summeriness.  The hop’s influence is borne up by the cheerful effervescence; making for a delicate, complex and beautifully crafted flavour that trails into a long-lasting clean bitterness…

All-in-all beautifully balanced, clean-tasting and oh-so-very drinkable…

If you’re thinking of serving posh drinks this coming summer I dare you to serve cooled Kipling in half-decent glasses to your guests, instead of poncey Champagne.  They’ll hoover that Kipling up I can assure you…and then they’ll ask for pint glasses, so that they can enjoy it properly.

(Look at that range…I’ll bet everyone of them is excellent.  I know Jaipur is.  I will be reviewing that soon.  Expect more effusiveness)

2 thoughts on “Thornbridge: Kipling

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