It is both the flowers and the greenery of this wonderful herb which impart a pleasing aroma and smooth bitterness to beers. It is especially appropriate for a Scotch ale known as Fraoch. With a flavor similar to a subtle chamomile/mint blend with a hint of lavender, heather pairs well with honey. It's also great for tea, with reputed calming qualities.
Use 2 oz of heather tips per 5 gallons of beer at beginning of boil. The recipe should also include honey and a pinch of sweet gale.
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