Shepherd Neame now in India
There’s nothing better than walking into a liquor shop and discovering new beers!
Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer, based in Kent the Garden of England and twenty seven labels. Seven of their beers have recently been introduced in India and we tasted a few of them. All of them are priced aggressively, around the Rs. 220 mark for a 500ml pint in Maharashtra. The 1698 bottle conditioned ale is perhaps the best value for money imported beer in the country.
Light and refreshing ale with a very expressive nose with lots of lychees and orange on the nose. Light bodied beer, perfect for Sunday afternoons has the same notes of lychees and orange on the palate with lots of hops on the finish.
Master Brew Kentish Ale
The “Local Hero” is a distinctive, mid-brown bitter ale, with all the hoppy aroma on the nose that you can possibly imagine.
Palate has notes of brown sugar, caramel, orange rind and yeasty notes. Medium bodied beer which gives way to the flavours immediately.
1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale
This beer was originally brewed to celebrate the tercentenary of Britain’s oldest brewer. A bottle conditioned beer for Rs. 224, thats just a perfect start right away. The beer has strong aromas of orange, cinnamon and liquorice which is consistent on the palate. Full bodied beer with excellent tiny and well integrated bubbles.
This was the only beer in the tasting which was slightly underwhelming. Its still a very good beer, just that we were expecting a big bold stout but instead this turned out to be the lightest stout we have ever tasted. Excellent to get drinkers introduced to stout. Not a very complex beer, lots of coffee, cocoa and earthy notes on the nose and palate. Lingering finish with coffee and slight tobacco notes.