One of the 'grandparents" of Maris Otter was named Plumage Archer. How is that for another weird name?
Mort - there is also a low color MO that is used in the summer ales by some brewers. That one is not toasty, but you can taste a good malty flavor in the beers.
I love old cultivar names. Back when consumers knew the name of the fruit/veg/grain they were buying so it was good marketing to give your variety a catchy name!
Didn't know that about the low color MO. I don't generally use it because, being on the west coast it's just so energy inefficient to buy a product that travels 6000+ miles to my door when I can get something grown in the next county north (even if it is shipped to washington for malting and back). But the times I have I really liked the result. I used it 98% in a scottish 60/- and it was quite nice.