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Nelson Sauvin T-90 Hop Pellets - 1 lb



New Zealand Nelson Sauvin T90 Hop Pellets, 1 pound sealed bulk package

Grown in New Zealand's hop growing capital, the Nelson Region, Nelson Sauvin quickly became popular among craft breewers for it's over the top, youthful fruitiness.  It's name is a marriage of the growing region, and the distinct flavor profile, similar to that of the locally produced Sauvignon Blanc, and after over 15 years of breeding and testing, Nelson Sauvin was released into the world.  


Nelson Sauvin is a both a brilliant bittering hop, pairing high Alpha Acids and low cohumulones, and a deliciously distinct flavor and aroma hop.  You can find Nelson as the culprit for bittering hop in many American style IPA's, as well as more traditional lagers.  It also makes it's mark in the IPA and Pale Ale styles as a flavor and aroma addition, and does well in Belgian styles and light, European styles.  Used as a dry hop in a cider, Nelson Sauvin shines with white winelike characteristics that bring out the depth of the cider.

Aroma and Flavor

Expect big fruit from Nelson Sauvin in late and dry hop additions, as well as notes of fruity mango, apricot and hints of lychee.  Nelson is known for the permeating white wine and fresh, gooseberry and green grape characteristics that it imparts in late additions.  Expect more of the clean and subtle white wine flavors in bittering additions, with a possible hint of mild pepper.   

Average Acid Content

Alpha Acids: 12.0% - 13.0%
Beta Acids: 6.0% - 8.0%
Co-Humulone: 23% - 25%

Average Oil Content (% of Total Oils)

Total Oils: 0.9 - 1.2 mL/100g
Myrcene: 22% - 23%
Humulene: 35% - 37%
Caryophyllene: 10% - 12%
Farnesene: <1%
B-Pinene: No Published Information
Linalool: 0.4% - 0.9%
Geraniol: 0% - 0.1%

Possible Substitutes for Nelson

The commonly accepted substitute for Nelson Sauvin is Hallertau Blanc.  While it won't have as much of a white wine characteristic, it is capable of matching the fruit profile and overall complexity.

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  • What year were these Nelson hops grown?

    They are 2018 crop year. Just packaged this month Oct. 2018.