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Scottish producers celebrating following Great Taste Annual Awards
Scottish producers celebrating following Great Taste Annual Awards

03/08/2017

Following more than 60 days of judging, the results of the world’s most coveted food awards, Great Taste, have just been released, with many producers in Scotland now celebrating. Out of a record breaking 12,336 products to be judged, 4,347 were awarded a highly prized Great Taste accolade and a remarkable 252 are based in Scotland.

Great Taste 3-star winners from Scotland include; Great Glen Charcuterie’s "moist, succulent and complex” Green Pepper Venison Salami, made with pure wild venison and spiced with green peppercorns, giving it a "lovely spicy tingle on the finish”; a "stand out” Smoked Trout from Inverawe Smokehouse, which is naturally oak-smoked over slow burning hand-tended open fires to achieve a "perfectly smoked” flavour and "nice creamy texture”; and The Little Herb Farm’s "sweet” Tayberry & Sage Vinegar, a light and fruity vinegar that’s perfect for "drizzling over salads or served with goat’s cheese”.

While these producers revel in their success and begin displaying the unmistakable gold and black Great Taste logo, with 1-, 2- or 3- stars, on their award-winning products, they will wait with much anticipation to see if they also scoop the top awards for their region. These final honours, including the Great Taste 2017 Supreme Champion, will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Awards Dinner on Monday 4 September, to be held at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel, London.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, values taste above all else, with no regard for branding or packaging. Whether it is gin, biscuits, sausages or coffee being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

The panel of judges this year included; chef, food writer and author, Gill Meller, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, author and Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker, Tom Herbert, and food writer and baking columnist, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2017 Top 50 Foods, which will be announced in August, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2017 Supreme Champion.

Details of this year’s winners can be found at www.greattasteawards.co.uk and a wide range of award winning products are available to buy in delis, farm shops and independent retail outlets, as well as via Taste Shop (tasteshop.co.uk) which helps consumers source Great Taste award-winning products online.

Facts and figures about Great Taste 2017:

•Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
•A record breaking 12,336 different products were entered in 2017.
•Over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, cooks, producers and a host of food writers and journalists blind taste each product
•Judging took place across the UK at the following locations:

~Guild HQ in Gillingham, Dorset, as well several other Dorset venues.

~The Guild of Fine Food’s newly opened second home, No. 42 Southwark Street, London, as well as other London venues.

~Llandrillo College, Nr Colwyn Bay, as part of this year’s Great Taste Roadshow, seeing Great Taste visit North Wales for the very first time.

•3,171 awarded 1-star

•1,011awarded 2-star

•165 awarded 3-star

What are Great Taste judges looking for?
They’re looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste.
How do they work?
Each team of four judges blind-tastes around 25 products per session, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well-established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve Great Taste stars. Food or drink that is deemed worthy of Great Taste stars is also tasted by a team of arbitrators, who taste, confer and agree on the final award given. If judges feel that a product needs some adjustment, and therefore not likely to receive an award, the food or drink gets a second chance on a referral table, where another team blind-tastes and deliberates. For a Great Taste 3-star award, the vast majority in the room - which can be as many as 30-40 experts - must agree that the food or drink delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor.
What should consumers look for?
The logo. The Great Taste symbol is their guarantee a product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.
***EXQUISITE. WOW! TASTE THAT   **OUTSTANDING  *SIMPLY DELICIOUS
(August 2017) 

As the judges searched for the stars of 2017, waste was kept to a minimum, with unused products being donated to local food banks and hampers made up of excess products for local businesses to raffle in aid of charities. The Guild of Fine Food also donates surplus computer equipment, used to record the judges’ comments, to community-based projects across the UK, which are then refurbished and used to facilitate after school clubs and many other initiatives designed to support underprivileged families.

Full List of Winners 

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Equi's ice cream
Heather Hills Farm
Inverawe Smokehouses
The Little Herb Farm
Keith Brewery Ltd.
Great Glen Charcuterie
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The Orkney Creamery
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Aldi Stores Ltd
Aldi Stores Ltd
Aldi Stores Ltd
Loch Fyne Oysters
Westfield Farms
MACLEOD & MACLEOD
Equi's ice cream
SUPERNATURE OILS Ltd
Glasgow Distillery Company Limited
St. James Smokehouse Ltd
St. James Smokehouse Ltd
St. James Smokehouse Ltd
Piggery-Smokery
flavourmagic.com
Caithness Smokehouse
Inverawe Smokehouses
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
The Hebridean Brownie Co.
The Argyll Smokery
The Argyll Smokery
New Alliance (Edinburgh) Ltd
New Alliance (Edinburgh) Ltd
JTS | Fair food Fine food
H W Beef (a div of Highland Wagyu Ltd)
The Orchard (Biggar) Limited
COCOA OOZE
Errington cheese Ltd
Highland Crackers
Macsween of Edinburgh ltd
Macsween of Edinburgh ltd
Campbells Fudge Ltd
Douglas Laing and Co Ltd
Douglas Laing and Co Ltd
Douglas Laing and Co Ltd
Thyme to Eat
Orkney Gin Company
Wild Fig
Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate Products
Donald Russell
Donald Russell
Donald Russell
Donald Russell
Plan Bee Ltd
Gin Bothy Ltd
Kampot Pepper Direct
Kampot Pepper Direct
Highland Charcuterie and Smoke House Ltd
Highland Charcuterie and Smoke House Ltd
The Spice Witch
Graham's The Family Dairy
Chocolate and Love Ltd
Chocolate and Love Ltd
Clash Farm Pedigree Saddlebacks
Pine Nut Path
Grants of Speyside
Grants of Speyside
The Tea Lovers' Company (TLC)
Garraways
Esker Spirits
KENMORE BAKERY
KENMORE BAKERY
Katy Cloud Marshmallows
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All Mixed Up
The Orkney Creamery
Barra Bronzes Turkeys
All That's Delicious
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Spey Valley Brewery
Chalmers Bakery
HB Scotland Ltd T/A Highland Bay Seafoods
J Pieroni & Sons
St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company
Aldi Stores Ltd
Aldi Stores Ltd
Aldi Stores Ltd
Aldi Stores Ltd
Aldi Stores Ltd
Aldi Stores Ltd
Cup Glasgow Ltd.
Mabel's Kitchen
Loch Fyne Oysters
Gin Bothy Ltd
Fair Business Alliance Limited
Campsie Glen Smokehouse Ltd
Campsie Glen Smokehouse Ltd
The Galloway Soup Company
Mara Seaweed
Mara Seaweed
Mara Seaweed
Roundsquare Roastery
The Kindness Bakery
The Kindness Bakery
Nairn's Oatcakes
Nairn's Oatcakes
Nairn's Oatcakes
Equi's ice cream
Equi's ice cream
Equi's ice cream
Equi's ice cream
SUPERNATURE OILS Ltd
St. James Smokehouse Ltd
St. James Smokehouse Ltd
Allans Chilli Products
The Very Lovely Sauce Company
Piggery-Smokery
Ardshealach Fine Foods Ltd.
Curly Coo Tablet
MaRobert's
Heather Hills Farm
Heather Hills Farm
J Lawrie & Sons
J Lawrie & Sons
J Lawrie & Sons
MACKIE'S OF SCOTLAND
MACKIE'S OF SCOTLAND
Caithness Smokehouse
Reids of Caithness
Shortbread House of Edinburgh Ltd.
Red box cafes Ltd
Red box cafes Ltd
Saucy Desserts
Saucy Desserts
St Andrews Brewing Company
Applecross Smokehouse
Dukkah Delights
Dukkah Delights
Love Shortie Limited
The Argyll Smokery
New Alliance (Edinburgh) Ltd
New Alliance (Edinburgh) Ltd
The Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum
CAMERON CONFECTIONS LTD
JTS | Fair food Fine food
JTS | Fair food Fine food
Galloway Lodge
Charles Macleod Ltd
Isle of Barra Oysters
Little Doone Foods Ltd
Little Doone Foods Ltd
Cairn o Mohr
Simon Howie Foods
Simon Howie Foods
Simon Howie Foods
H W Beef (a div of Highland Wagyu Ltd)
H W Beef (a div of Highland Wagyu Ltd)
Charlotte Flower Chocolates
Charlotte Flower Chocolates
Smoky Brae
Tower Bakery
Laprig Valley Fruit
The Orchard (Biggar) Limited
Findlater's Fine Foods
Findlater's Fine Foods
Macsween of Edinburgh ltd
Macsween of Edinburgh ltd
Macsween of Edinburgh ltd
Donaldsons of Orkney
Donaldsons of Orkney
Luss Fine Foods Ltd (Luss Smokehouse)
Douglas Laing and Co Ltd
The Little Herb Farm
The Little Herb Farm
The Little Herb Farm
ALBA SEAFOOD
Thyme to Eat
Thyme to Eat
Bon Accord Soft Drinks
Bon Accord Soft Drinks
JustBe Botanicals
JustBe Botanicals
Wild Fig
Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
nevis bakery ltd
Salar smokehouse
Salar smokehouse
Salar smokehouse
Fair Business Alliance Limited
Shaws Fine Meats
Shaws Fine Meats
Shaws Fine Meats
Freedom Brands
VC2 Brands
Donald Russell
MACKAYS LTD
MACKAYS LTD
MACKAYS LTD
Keith Brewery Ltd.
PatePate
Caledonian Confectionery / Chocolates
John Lawson Butchers & Deli
Left Field Kombucha
Kampot Pepper Direct
Highland Charcuterie and Smoke House Ltd
Udny Provender
The Island Smokery
The Spice Witch
The Spice Witch
Simple Simon's Perfect Pies
Ingram's of Aberdeenshire
Graham's The Family Dairy
Graham's The Family Dairy
Graham's The Family Dairy
Graham's The Family Dairy
The Farmers Son
Chocolate and Love Ltd
Chocolate and Love Ltd
Chocolate and Love Ltd
Clash Farm Pedigree Saddlebacks
Annette's Baking in a box
Brewhive Ltd
My Jam Ltd, trading as Taste by Fusion
Grants of Speyside
Mademoiselle Macaron
Garraways
Border Biscuits Ltd
Isle of Ewe Smokehouse
Shetland Sea Salt
Macleans Highland Bakery
Macleans Highland Bakery
Macleans Highland Bakery
Aldomak
Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd
Windswept Brewing Co Ltd
Aunt Marie's Kitchen
KENMORE BAKERY
KENMORE BAKERY
Golspie Mill
Shibui Tea
Shibui Tea
Shibui Tea
Great Glen Charcuterie
Stag Bakeries LTD
Stag Bakeries LTD
Stag Bakeries LTD

 



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