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From the 14,195 products entered into Great Taste 2023, just 248 items gained a coveted 3-star award. That’s a mere 1.8% of the overall intake and it shows just how hard it is to make the top grade.
As always, Great Taste was on a mission to discover the best food & drink, not just in the UK but across the entire globe.
Although it is expanding geographically, the robust process remains unchanged. No product leaves the judging room without being blind-tasted by multiple palates. And, in 2023, this thorough method required 89 days-worth of judging sessions to tackle a record number 14,195. Some 500 judges were required – including food critics, chefs and retail buyers – for this enormous task.
And now, the results are in. In total, 4,088 products were awarded a 1-star and 1,568 products won 2-stars. But just 248 items earned the coveted 3-star award. That last bracket is the focus of this publication, and you can read more about each one, and what the judges thought about them, right here.
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Spirits 4 Beer 5 Hot sauces 6 Condiments & ingredients 10 Soft drinks 10 Vinegar & Oils 13 Pies 14 Seasonings 14 Meat 19 Fish & Seafood 20 Confectionery 23 Charcuterie 27 Jam & Spreads 28 Coffee 32 Honey 35 Bread & Cakes 39 Cheese 40 Ice Cream 53 Tea 54 EDITORIAL email@example.com Editor: Michael Lane Deputy editor: Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox Art director: Mark Windsor PRINTED BY Blackmore, Dorset Listings compiled by: Lynda Searby Judges images: Sam Pelly Product images: Tim Johnston ADVERTISING firstname.lastname@example.org Sales director: Sally Coley Sales manager: Ruth Debnam Sales executives: Becky Haskett GENERAL ENQUIRIES Tel: +44 (0)1747 825200 email@example.com www.gff.co.uk Guild of Fine Food, Guild House, 23b Kingsmead Business Park, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5FB UK PUBLISHED BY The Guild of Fine Food Ltd © The Guild of Fine Food Ltd 2023. Reproduction of whole or part of this magazine without the publisher’s prior permission is prohibited. The opinions expressed in articles and advertisements are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher.
Whether you like a well-executed classic or cutting-edge innovation, there’s something for everyone in the 2023 line-up of Great Taste 3-star-winning food & drink. Find out more about each one of the 248 winners – including what the judges thought of them – over the course of this publication.The winners have been organised into categories – starting with the alcoholic drinks…
SPIRITS & LIQUEURS
Rested Navy Strength Gin
The judges described this 9.8% ABV traditional Scotch Ale, aged in single malt whisky casks for 18 months as “intriguing and a joy” due to its “chorus of aromas and well-balanced taste with a sweet finish.” exmoordistillery.co.uk
Aranami Strength Gin
Hidden Curiosities Gin
Citrusy yuzu and kabosu fruit, tingling sansho pepper, sour plum, shiso leaf and lavender are all evident in this Japaneseinspired “blockbuster of a gin” which is softened with a post-distillation of salted cherry blossom on the finish. hiddencuriosities.com
Fishers Original Fishers Gin
Coastal botanicals bog myrtle, rock samphire, sea purslane, spignel and wood avens transported the judges to windswept marshlands, convincing them that, with its aniseed notes and salinity, the gin would be a great candidate for sipping. fishersgin.com
Sansho Spiced Rum
The Wasabi Company
This characterful rum has nailed the elusive umami effect, thanks to double distillation from molasses in copper pots with Japanese flavours of Okinawan sugar, togarashi shichimi, white sesame, umeboshi plum and smoked soy sauce. thewasabicompany.co.uk
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Cocoa & Dark Chocolate
Cap & Copper Distillery
The judges held this rum up as “a tribute to the multiple qualities of cocoa” thanks to its clever construction. It conveys the complex layers of flavour from each part of the cacao bean in perfect balance. capandcopperdistillery. com
Hibbotts Artisan Spirits
The judges were left with liquorice notes and the desire to drink a lot more after tasting this vodka. They noted light smokiness and chalky minerality on the nose, and sherbet and cream sweetness on the palate. hibbotts.co.uk
Antur Brew Co
Prepare to be taken on a journey that passes through baked bread, roasted nuts, caramel molasses and smoke by this German Altbier, which has been modernised with UK hops and malts for an approachable darker style. anturbrew.com
“Balanced on a knife edge” was how one judge summarised the interactions at play in this 4.5% ABV American-style pale ale, which surprised the panel with its rich, full body and long, refreshing flavour profile. greeneking.co.uk
Jackson’s Black Oyster Shell IPA
Vale Of Glamorgan Brewery
The use of oyster shells combines with the aroma of hops, chocolate and coffee to make this black IPA irresistibly quaffable. The judges admitted they could easily be tempted into drinking another. vogbrewery.co.uk
Elements of Islay
After the initial burst of restrained sweetness, the judges enjoyed having their tastebuds “walloped” by a hit of smokiness, succeeded by dark notes of chocolate and fig and a long aftertaste of bonfire and iodine. elixirdistillers.com
Kyrö Rye Malt Whisky
The flavour profile of Finnish rye is enhanced via the pot distillation process to produce a whisky with earthy, cherry-like and almond notes that ticked all the judges’ boxes through its “character, definition, length and alcohol”. kyrodistillery.com
Innis and Gunn
The development of this golden beer was a voyage of discovery into the world of cask maturation for the Scottish brewery. The complex, powerful flavour produced by the whisky casks belies an unexpected ability to refresh.
Islay Whisky Cask Beer
Innis and Gunn
Who needs a whisky chaser when they can drink this? That was one judge’s reaction to this deep, sultry brew, which has been double matured in two types of cask, packing bitter-sweet intensity in a “masterpiece of balance”. innisandgunn.com
Dark Storm Stout
Five Kingdoms Brewery
The judges thought this rich, creamy stout carried its 6.9% ABV “impeccably” by balancing its inherent richness with “the right degree of bitterness”, and confessed to being drawn in by its “enticing nose of coffee and chocolate”. fivekingdomsbrewery. com
By infusing ginjas (sour cherries) with Madeira wine, this Portuguese artisan has crafted a liqueur that impressed the panel with its nose of candied cherries, marzipan and brioche, flavours of dried fruits and buttery mouthfeel.
Celtic Spirit Company
This Anglesey producer brought some festive cheer to the table with a dark and luscious looking liqueur that encapsulates
“Christmas in a glass”.
The judges praised its pronounced marzipan aroma and brandy-soaked dried fruit flavours.
Three Tuns Brewery
“Everything a stout should be: old fashioned, nononsense and not messed around with,” was the panel’s summary. Fitting words for a traditional dark stout made by a brewery that dates back to the 17th century. threetunsbrewery.co.uk
Whitewater Brewing Company
Little did the judges know that they were in for a confectionery treat when they sampled this stout. Malt, muscovado sugar, golden rum, maple syrup and vanilla pods combine to produce a rich, molasses laden feast. whitewaterbrewing.com
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Hinch Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout
Sou Licor de Ginja
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Christmas Pwd Liqueur
Buffalo Hot Sauce Sauce Shop
Created for chicken or cauliflower wings, this Buffalo-style hot sauce lives up to its description as “creamy, sharp and savoury”, while its “moreishness” puckers the palate for a wonderful taste experience. sauceshop.co
Mango Mazzaleen Birdhouse
The judges interpreted this colourful sauce, inspired by a love of sweet heat, as “a splendid balance of sweet and sour and spice and fun”. They also loved its fruitiness and the extra dimensions from the coconut. birdhouse.ie
Old Duppy Smoked Hot Sauce – Traditional Barbados Style
Old Duppy Foods Inc
One for those who like it hot, this fresh, vibrant sauce definitely errs on the very fiery side, with a long-lasting heat that “makes the palate sing” and marries well with the wood-smoked peppers. oldduppy.com
The Novice Kitchen
This Indonesian inspired sambal has good structure and colour, a fresh and inviting aroma, wellbalanced flavours, and an excellent texture and bite from the vegetables, making it a “store cupboard must-have”. thenovicekitchen.com
The Newt in Somerset
Ice cider is made via cryoconcentration, where the pressed juice is allowed to freeze, concentrating the sugars before fermentation. In this case, it yields a buttercup yellow dessert cider with aromas of pineapple and apple. thenewtinsomerset.com
Cork Chilli Company
The judges had fun deconstructing this sauce, detecting cinnamon, ginger, garlic and smokiness, accompanied by a warm, rounded, lingering heat. “There’s sweetness and smoke and warmth and spice and a bit of a cuddle,” they said. corkchillicompany.com
Blackman Eddy’s Opalsunshine
Featuring tamarind, balsamic vinegar and black garlic, this rich, dark sauce contrasts and blends these bold ingredients. Tangy tamarind and balsamic notes “marry beautifully,” and the tamarind is “smoothed out by the garlic”. opalsunshine.com
Jalapeño Ketchup Dead Hot Sauce
“This is so complex, yet so tastebud-friendly,” declared the judges, as they reported notes of green tomato, subtle umami from the miso, and cider vinegar, with the kaffir lime making an appearance at the end. troddenblack.co.uk
Dry Smoked Garlic Chilli
L’ailolive – Joli
What most impressed the judges about this Thai-inspired product was the combination of three strong flavours. By balancing garlic, chilli and shrimps, the condiment sets off an “umami bomb” in the mouth. livejoli.com
Wye Valley Meadery
Hive Mind Mead & Brew Co.
Over half honey by volume before fermentation, this “liquid gold” bottles the aromas of hedgerows, woodlands and meadows, expressing them as woody and toasted notes with a blossomed fragrance. wyevalleymeadery.co.uk
Black Garlic Chilli Jam
Fermented chillies deliver warmth; peppers, cider and balsamic vinegar bring rounded fruity flavours and black garlic adds umami complexity. “There is a lot going on, but it’s harmonious, sticky and very moreish,” remarked tasters. eastonchilli.com
Habanero Chilli Jam
The heat level is not too fierce, making this an approachable chilli jam and allowing the rich, spicy, Indian-style flavours and aromas to “sing in harmony”. “A jam with character,” was one judge’s verdict. mrvikkis.co.uk
King Naga Pickle
Made with bhut jolokia (aka naga) chillies, this pickle is the real deal – the judges felt the heat just from inhaling the Indianstyle aromas. “The heat builds to a fine level and brings great delight,” they said. mrvikkis.co.uk
Old Slavic Mead Light Apimed
The judges got quite excited at the prospect of pairing this sweet acacia honey mead with afterdinner cheese, speculating that “the saltiness of the cheese would coax that sweetness into submission”. apimed.sk
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Of the 248 3-star winners this year, 139 have come from the UK and 109 from other countries, including Greece, Germany, Lebanon Cambodia, Hungary, France, Norway, Bulgaria, and Spain.
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Kimchi Crisp Rodkva Ferments
This “intriguing” richly coloured mixture of dried, fermented vegetables got the judging table talking about the crunch of the vegetables, the tickling background heat and the “textbook umami”. rodkvakimchi.sk
Traditional methods that use cultured barley and whole organic soya beans aged in cedarwood kegs yield a miso paste that is “rich in colour, unctuous and deep in umami flavour”.
The judges said the aroma alone was glorious – complex, deep and enticing – but on the palate, this pea miso was a “flavour bomb”, diffusing into a pleasing balance of sweetness, salinity, sourness and umami. kultured.co.uk
The judges were unanimous in their praise for this Slovakian aperitif, hailing it as the perfect alcohol-free alternative for Negroni lovers. It delivers “a great hit of bitterness, sweet fruit flavours and an orchestra of herbal notes”.
Jasmine Sparkling Tea
Underpinned by jasmine throughout, this single origin sparkling tea is layered with fruit flavours, a creamy undercurrent of vanilla and a distinct floral nose. The judges loved the flavour and finish of this drink.
DYB Naturally Brewed Brown Soybean Soy Sauce
Doyoubo Industry Co.
Made from brown soybeans and wheat, this promises a more refreshing, lighter taste than other soy sauces. It pleased the judges with a sweetness that melded with rich umami. mitdub.com
Belazu Ingredient Company
The judges adored the sharp, fruity sour cherry flavour of this ruby-toned, deeply viscous and concentrated molasses, which they envisioned using on waffles, in cocktails, in dressings and to glaze roasts.
On tasting the “sublime combination of savouriness and citrus”, the judges were itching to start playing with this ponzu sauce in the kitchen. “It has a depth and a freshness to it which is so clever,” they effused. mizkan.co.uk
Hojicha Sparkling Tea
“This product is not ashamed to speak proudly of its origin”, remarked the judges, adding that the tea characters are “envelopingly full and rounded with deeply cleansing properties and hints of medicinal subtlety”.
At 0.5% ABV, this hazy pale ale might be virtuous but not at the expense of taste. In fact, a few judges were so taken with its punchy fruit flavours that they added it to their shopping lists.
Tomato & Nigella Chutney
The nose of ripe tomatoes and warm spices transported the judges to a warm and exotic part of India, where their palates were hit with rich tomato, quickly shrouded with “perfectly balanced” spices. mrvikkis.co.uk
CROSSIP Fresh Citrus Non-Alcoholic Spirit
Opening with top notes of mandarin and eucalyptus, the body of this powerful botanical spirit evolves into a multiplex of citrus followed by fiery ginger. No wonder the judges commended the handling of such intense flavours. crossipdrinks.com
Hibiscus & Rose Premium Soda Modern Contradiction
It isn’t easy balancing drinks that contain rose but, with its delicate fragrance and refreshing taste, this summery blush succeeds, even without the addition of sugar. “What a beautiful glass of fizz!” exclaimed judges. wearesomethingand nothing.co
Kapronca Mint Cordial Imanje Kapronca
By picking its homegrown peppermint and spearmint early in the morning and quickly infusing it in water, this Croatian artisan has retained the natural flavours and captured them perfectly in a “cleantasting, fresh mint cordial”. imanjekapronca.hr
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Carlin Fox Pea Miso Kultured
Organic Japanese Barley Miso Paste –Unpasteurised Clearspring
Yuzu Ponzu Mizkan
Sour Cherry Molasses
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A sauce/marinade with a very inviting, complex aroma. It’s beautifully fruity, with great, extra dimensions coming from the coconut. It’s also wonderfully balance, such that all sweet, savoury and acidic elements work harmoniously. There’s a great lasting perfume in the mouth and a well considered heat level.
What an amazing consistency and colour. There are wonderful fruity notes on the nose mingling pleasantly with the spices. The flavour profile is outstanding, with all the ingredients working in harmony, and although the heat level could be turned up a little if desired, this is a stunning product.
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Yarg CHEESE ICONICALLY CORNISH
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Cretan Organic Balsamic Glaze
“This is a highly accomplished balsamic glaze and has a multitude of uses,” said the judges, savouring the notes of dried fruit and sour cherry that give it an intense, sophisticated character. v4vita.gr
Balsamic Glaze with Pomegranate & Strawberry
This has a nose of pure strawberries, followed by a huge burst of flavour.
“It’s tangy and rich with strawberry jam flavour alongside pomegranate tannins,” said one judge. v4vita.gr
Fino Dark Balsamic (Crema)
This 25-year-aged balsamic enveloped the judges with its clear Pedro Ximenez character – expressed through viscosity, a powerful nose and an evolution of flavours, including fruit, caramel and coffee. finooliveoil.co.uk
Organic Extra Virgin
245 Olive Oil
This “delectable” Greek olive oil starts with a nose of intense green grass, which transfers onto the palate and moves to tomato vine and bitter salad leaves, rounded off with a delicate pepper finish.
Happy Butter Organic Ghee
Happy Butter Ghee
Made in the UK from organic British butter, this dense, “sensationally aromatic” ghee earned the respect of the judges with its fudgy aroma and grainy texture, which melts beautifully and cleanly, leaving no greasy residue. happybutter.co.uk
Essigbalsam Quitte 3%
Bagoila Cold Pressed
de los Baldios San Carlos
This is full of surprises, starting with the colour, which is crystal clear, and the flavours, which the judges found to be “sweet and rounded with an incredible floral sweetness and delicacy”. pagobaldiosancarlos. com
Vinegar with PX
Maturation for six years in American oak PX sherry casks results in a “smooth and rounded” vinegar that exhibits aromas of molasses, oak and sherry, and flavours of wood, nuts and dried fruit.
The judges were excited by the prospect of coupling quince and apple and this didn’t disappoint, combining vibrant, everpresent apple tartness with rich, warm, honeyed flavours from the more elusive quince component. quittenprojektbergstrasse.de
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Natur Press Team
This product excited the judges as it introduces a new cooking oil option –one with a great texture and toasted-nut aftertaste.
“From the moment we tasted this oil, we started imagining uses for it,” they enthused.
Cold Pressed Sunflower Dressing Oil
The judges were treated to slow- yet-precise bursts of sunflower seeds, along with flavours of cashew nut, butter, warm grasses and sunflower. “We have never had a sunflower oil as good as this,” they declared.
The judges were in awe of the way this vinegar delivers layers of flavour, producing a floral nose of elderflower underpinned by the aromas of apple cider vinegar, and a fragrant and fresh taste. wildcornwall.net
Described as a “clever” blend of vinegar and juice with a honeyed overlay that rounds out to a pleasing balance redolent of ripe apples, this deeply aromatic vinegar was a “real treat to taste”. mizkan.co.uk
Willy’s ACV Fire Cracker
The judges thought the blend of fiery ingredients with apple cider vinegar was extraordinarily clever. “The garlic nips in alongside the gentle hint of onion, with the heat of the horseradish boosted by the cayenne pepper,” they said. willysacv.com
Lee Kum Kee (Europe)
The judges loved the complexity of flavour –malty, tangy, caramel, bitter chocolate and a long finish of savoury, fermented tang. They felt this would enhance even the simplest dish such as plain boiled rice. shopuk.lkk.com
This clean-tasting ghee manages to deliver nutty flavour with butterscotch notes, “the most remarkable mouthfeel” and a “joyous length of flavour”, without coating the mouth with greasy residue – a clever feat that astounded the judges. karobisghee.co.uk
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Traditional Pork Pie
Wyre Pie Company
On cutting this hearty looking pie, the judges were delighted to discover that it was packed full of well-seasoned pork and bright jelly that was “sweet, juicy and just rich enough to add further satisfaction”. wyrepiecompany.co.uk
Toasted Sri Lankan
The Rusty BBQ Company
This curry blend impressed with its authenticity. The judges thought the curry leaves in particular added true character, and liked that the spices were toasted to release essential oils, enhancing the flavour. therustybbqco.com
Whole Young Green
Kadode Kampot Pepper
These are no ordinary peppercorns; they release “an explosion of flavours” when they burst in the mouth and citrus, sweet and salty notes “dance on the tongue”. The judges ate them like sweets. kadodepepper.co.uk
Sea Salt Flakes – Salt
One judge called this salt
“Mother Nature’s perfect treasure” owing to its unadulterated simplicity, and explained: “It’s clean to the taste, full of mineral qualities, deeply complex and interesting”. pepperfield.com
Fresh Green Kampot Pepper with a Touch of Fleur de Sel
The judges lavished praise on these “fiery little balls” for their delightful pop. “There really is an explosion of flavour here –fresh, celery, savoury green with a punch of fruity heat and spice,” they said. pepperfield.com
Porcini & Chestnut
This showstopper of a mushroom pie wowed the table with its crisp crust, crumble topping and generous, well-balanced, creamy mushroom filling. “This would be hard to beat with something made at home,” said one judge. higgidy.co.uk
The lyophilization process used to make these seems to be doing its job of preserving fresh pepper impact – the judges reported “an immediate blast of flavour, rich and spicy with a tantalising heat”. pepperfield.com
These little berries are intense, not just in their heat, but in their flavour, which the judges likened to fresh ginger. “As you bite, it releases its power upon your palate,” they said. pepperfield.com
Hungarian HandSelected Sweet Szegedi
Best of Hungary
The judges had never tasted a sweet paprika so deep, rich, earthy, fruity and flavoursome. “You can trace every part of the flavour back to the ripe peppers,” they said. bestofhungary.co.uk
Wagyu Beef & Ale Pie
This neatly crimped, golden-crusted pie treated the judges to an “utterly joyous” eating experience by delivering good sized chunks of dry-aged Welsh wagyu beef shin and chuck in a “rich and satisfying” gravy. martinspies.co.uk
The judges loved everything about this deep-filled pie, from the “perfect flaky, buttery pastry” and the tender beef that “falls apart on the fork”, to the “deliciously rich ale sauce” and “bursts of blue cheese tang”. wagtailkitchen.co.uk
Super Negin Saffron
The judges knew they were sampling something extra special when they tried this super negin Persian saffron. “This has an excellent vibrant colour and a wonderful rich, clean, classic aroma of quality saffron,” they commented. sarasaffron.com
Best of Hungary
“This is how all paprika should taste,” declared the judges, on experiencing the fruity flavour, sweet spice and subtle heat conferred by this paprika from peppers grown in the PDO Szeged region. bestofhungary.co.uk
Andaliman Wild Pepper Spice Stash OÜ
The judges hailed this fragrant wild pepper from North Sumatra as a “phenomenon in the world of spices” owing to its “extraordinary” range of aromatics and tonguetingling sensation, which both numbs and wakes the palate. thespicestash.com
GREAT TASTE 2023 | 3-STAR GUIDE 14
Steak & Blackstick Blue
It’s cyder, but not as you know it
Perfect with pudding or a wedge of Somerset cheddar. Comparable to a ne dessert wine, with lovely fresh citrus notes on the nose and palate.
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“A real avour bomb, green apple character, mellow but sharp and zesty. is evidences clever crafting that has clearly had thought put into it.”
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Across 89 judging days in Dorset and London (as well as separate locations for specialist categories), a group of over 500 judges –including retailers, chefs and food critics – conducted comprehensive blindtaste tests on the 14,000-plus entries.
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Wing Rib of Beef Isle of Man Meats
The judges hailed this Manx prime roasting rib as a beautiful example of native beef. “There is a fine grain to the meat, with deep ivory fat. It was supremely tender and full of complexity,” they said. iommeats.com
“What a gorgeous looking joint!” exclaimed the judges, who were seduced by this rib roast’s good looks, its “Sunday lunch beef aromas” and its tenderness, succulence and silken mouthfeel.
Wafts of grassiness on the nose and a delicate beef aroma announced this “impressive” joint, which followed through with beautifully rendered fat and tender, juicy meat that melted in the mouth. lidl.ie
Pedigree, Organic, Pasture-fed Hogget Leg Black Welsh Lamb
This hogget has been raised on traditional pasture and this comes through in the meat, which the judges described as “tender, succulent and full of flavour from those Black Mountain grasses”, with a “slight gaminess”. blackwelshlamb.com
These chickens spend their days scratching in spacious fields, which is reflected in the rich, tender meat. “There is a nutty grassiness to the flavour,” said one judge, declaring this “a fabulous example of wellreared chicken”. angelcottageorganics. co.uk
Aldi Specially Selected Wicklow Leg of Lamb Irish Country Meats
This lamb has been reared on wild gorse and heather, giving a density to the meat and a sweet nuttiness to the fat. “This is full of the fields it wandered in,” said the judges. irishcountrymeats.com
Rare Breed British Lop Spare Rib of Pork
Hockey’s Farm Shop
Pannage, whereby pigs are allowed to forage on the acorns and nuts of the New Forest, has yielded some of the best pork the judges said they have ever tasted – with creamy fat and spectacular crackling. hockeys-farm.co.uk
Free Range Pork
Redhill Farm Free Range
“Pork doesn’t get much better that this – naturally sweet, deeply flavoured and crackling to die for,” said the judges of this shoulder joint produced from Redhill Farm’s freerange Duroc-cross pigs. redhillfarm.com
Free Range Whole Loin of Pork
Packington Free Range
The judges thought this well-prepared and uniform pork loin would make a “true centrepiece”, with its creamy, flavoursome fat, crunchy crackling and soft, yielding, melt-in-themouth meat. packingtonfreerange. co.uk
Isle of Man Meats
Beautifully butchered, leaving ample creamy fat to lubricate the meat, this slow-grown Manx lamb impressed tasters with its succulent grassfed character and clean, residual sweetness. iommeats.com
Soft tender flesh melts in the mouth, releasing a flavour profile which is savoury, gamey, sweet, complex and tasty, with great balance and length – making this a “first class example” of Sika venison. barons-court.com
This rib-eye ticked every box for the judges: the beef cut like butter, while the generous marbling of fat contributed to the flavour, moistness and tenderness of the meat. lovatonfarmmeat.co.uk
The Denver steak is a lesser-known cut prized for its marbling – an attribute that was apparent in this example, which drew compliments such as “butter-rich”, and “deeply succulent”, with “fantastic caramelisation and generous marbling”. wyndfordwagyu.com
The high welfare farming of a native breed was applauded by the panel, who enjoyed the creamy, sweet, clean-tasting fat, intense beefy savouriness, and sweet, herbal meadow notes in this steak. ballyboleydexters.com
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Lidl Deluxe Irish Angus 3-Rib Roast on the Bone – 40-Days Matured
Lidl Irish Angus Rib Roast on the Bone –28-Days Matured
Organic Whole Chicken Angel Cottage Organics
Devon x Dexter BeefRib-Eye Steak
28-Day Dryaged on-the-Bone
Wild Sika Venison
Wild Sika Venison Loin Baronscourt Estate
Judges loved the tenderness of this cut, which is a previous 3-star and Golden Fork winner, but it was the umami and gamey notes that really blew them away. “It slides over the palate, with no need for seasoning, sauce or anything,” said one. barons-court.com
Koji Pork Chop
The decision to marinate the chops in a Kōji salt paste was inspired according to the judges, who loved the rich, savoury umami glaze to enhance the depth and intensity of flavour.
Loch Fyne Kinglas Fillet
Loch Fyne Oysters
As well as admiring the orange-pink tone and plump texture of this evenly formed centre cut, the judges luxuriated in the “delicate and balanced smoke”, which allows the perfectly fresh salmon flavours to wash over the palate. lochfyne.com
Beechwood Smoked Salmon
The judges put this in “a class of its own”. Not only did the product present beautifully, bringing a tang of salt and smoke, it melted in the mouth, leaving a “beautifully balanced” aftertaste. macneilssmokehouse. co.uk
Beechwood Hot Kilnsmoked Salmon
The panel had no hesitation awarding this pepper-coated hot kilnsmoked fish top honours: “The pepper coating is fragrant, the level of smoke is spot-on and the taste beautifully balanced.” macneilssmokehouse. co.uk
Buttermilk Pork Chop Hannan Meats
The buttermilk brine and well-judged aromatics have worked their magic, producing a pork chop that the judges hailed as tender, succulent and bursting with flavour, with an “unctuous” texture and well-proportioned fat. hannanmeats.com
Silver Hill Confit Duck
Silver Hill Duck
“A skilled hand is at work here; the flavours are balanced, the garlic restrained and the seasoning spot on,” commented the judges, also applauding the texture and the glimmer of thyme that shines through. silverhillfarm.ie
Hot Smoked Trout
East Neuk Kilnhouse
The judges crowned this “majestic” side of sea trout “king of the smoked fish world”, owing to its glistening, dark amber appearance and “exceptionally moist” yet flaky flesh, delicately flavoured with a perfect balance of sweetness. enkilnhouse.com
Church Paddock Fishery
This fishery has achieved “gastronomical alchemy” with its marinated cold smoked trout trimmings. The judges likened the texture to “trout biltong” and said the balance of salt, sweet, sour and umami was spot on. churchpaddock.com
Anchoas En Mantequilla
The judges thought that, with a gentle bite and creaminess, these Cantabrian anchovies were “texturally perfect”, filling the mouth with a saltiness that was intensified by the well-judged smoke from the butter. rooftopsmokehouse.com
Smoked Rack of Bacon
Musgrave Retail Partners
Hand-trimmed and gently smoked over beech and applewood, this rack of bacon looks and smells wonderful. The judges admired the sweetness of the meat and the welljudged level of smoke. musgrave.ie
William Grant & Co
Pork jowl from locally farmed pigs is dry-cured, hand-rubbed with herbs and spices, matured for 10 days, before being air-dried and sliced. It results in a guanciale with a “glorious” aroma reminiscent of a farmhouse kitchen.
The natural living environment comes through in the flavour of this seven-year-old smoked trout. “The fish tastes fresh, clean, sweet and vital with a soft resiny smoke that contrasts with the other flavours,” commented the judges. rooftopsmokehouse.com
Sardines in Olive Oil
Giribizzi CP One Global
The judges thought these sardines were “absolute perfection”. “The flavour was so fresh, rich and clean, and the olive oil made for a perfect partnership with the fish. The texture could not have been better,” they concluded.
These anchovies take the palate on a journey that moves from “deliciously sweet” through salty to a light bitterness that gives way to creaminess, eventually leaving the mouth fresh but with a hint of the sea. conservascatalina.com
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ORGANIC CASHEW NUT BUTTER
cashew-nut ﬂavour with gentle persistence and a clean ﬁnish. Simple and perfect.
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It’s about time @tempusfoods www.tempusfoods.com British Bresaola Smoked Coppa
Anchoas del Cantábrico en Mantequilla Ecológica Conservas M.A Revilla
The judges embraced the concept of offsetting the powerful taste of the anchovy fillets with creamy butter. They were “blown away by the balance of flavour” and said it was “a delight to taste”. anchoasrevilla.com
Cantabrian Anchovy Fillets 000 Limited
The judges said it was a privilege to taste these anchovies, which are salted in wooden barrels to deliver a “dramatic and surprisingly complex” palate impact – saline but with an almost acetic tang. magnofood.com
Cantabrian Anchovy Fillets in Beppino Occelli Butter
Cantabrian anchovies and Italian Beppino Occelli butter is a “marriage made in heaven” said the judges, who found the sweet, salty fish worked with the butter for a “decadent, savoury, umami treat”. magnofood.com
A milk chocolate shell with a shimmering blue hue encases a rich ganache with a “satisfying hum of whisky” and a salted maple pecan praline, amounting to “a very accomplished bonbon”. breconchocolates.co.uk
Pecan Pie Bonbon Chocolatia
Skill of the highest order and first-class ingredients with excellent provenance come together in a “blissful” chocolate that seduced the judges with its light, well-balanced salted caramel, delicate vanilla and crisp pecan wafer. chocolatia.co.uk
Rosalita Smoked Cantabrian Anchovies in Olive Oil
Tasters thought these anchovies would make a perfect antipasti. They said the salt flavour was perfectly balanced with the sweet smokiness but the biggest surprise was the texture of the flesh. rosalita.cool
Generously proportioned and with a texture that marries tenderness and bite, these anchovies were enjoyed by the judges, who praised the “sweet and delicate” flavour and “beautiful balance of saltiness and oil”. rosalita.cool
Anchoas El Astilleru de Hazas
Although anchovies are rarely eaten on their own, judges thought that these little fish, “full of the taste of the sea”, could be –thanks to their smooth, deep flavour, melting consistency and long, sweet, clean finish. anchoashazas.com
Both the attention to detail on the finishing and the carefully balanced flavours of this three-layered chocolate really impressed the judges. “This is a classic done very well,” they said. chocolatia.co.uk
BeanCraft 55% Milk Chocolate, Sierra Nevada Colombia
The skill of this bean-to-bar chocolate maker translates into a “beautifully tempered” milk chocolate and “a sensuous melt that fills the mouth with deep plum notes and some gooseberry tones”. beancraftchocolate.co.uk
The feedback on these “meaty yet silky and buttery” anchovies was stellar. “There is a hint of sweetness on the finish which makes this a really rounded product,” said judges of this previous 3-star winner. anchoashazas.com
The Weald Smokery
The balance of smokiness and sweetness in this fish really set it apart from the crowd during judging.
“This is beautifully juicy, flaky, plump haddock with a delightful level of oak smoke,” was the panel’s verdict.
Not only does this bar present like a work of art, the judges reported that the chocolate is fruity and flavourful, and forges a great contrast to the deep, dark, caramel within, while the salt carries “pleasing minerality”.
The Kitchen at 44 CIC
The judges agreed that this rustic, pale blonde Scottish treat (akin to fudge) is a “masterclass in tablet production”, with its melt-in-the-mouth consistency, rich-yet-notcloying flavour and hint of caramel that is perfectly judged.
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Rosalita XL Cantabrian Anchovies in Olive Oil
Whisky & Pecan Praline Brecon Chocolates
Hazelnut Latte Bonbon
Sea Salt Caramel Filled Bar
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GREAT TASTE 2023 | 3-STAR GUIDE 25 Captain’s Grog ‘Nautical but Nice... and Three Stars’ This special coffee was developed by our head roaster inspired by his love of sailing. Its rich fruity aroma and warming rum flavour but with the coffee still singing provides a restorative treat. Visit our website to see all our Great Taste winning coffees. www.beanbrothers.co.uk 'Captain's Grog' Rum marinated coffee beans T 01333 730658 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.enkilnhouse.com ARTISAN FISH SMOKERS @enkilnhouse follow us on HIDDEN GEM OF SCOTLAND ST MONANS Hot Smoked Salmon Hot Smoked Trout Kipper Fillets The judges said “this is a majestic side of Hot Smoked Trout - what a sight to behold! On tasting the texture is rich and buttery, moist and tender…it melts in the mouth!” Hot Smoked Salmon HOT SMOKED TROUT Traditional Smoked Salmon Natural Organic Sheepmilk Yoghurt Delicious & Healthy Exceptional Flavour and creaminess hallmark this Organic sheepmilk yoghurt from Dorset pastures. There is so much to discover about wonderful sheep milk and its gentle support for your digestive health. www.woodlandsdairy.co.uk
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Iberico Acorn-Fed Ham (50% Iberian Breed)
“One of the bestbalanced examples of Iberico Bellota we have encountered,” said the judges. “The aroma is sweetly enticing and the palate utterly delightful – tender, predominantly sweet yet umami rich.” ibericosmontellano.com
Honey & Brown Sugar Glazed Ham on the Bone
Oliver Carty & Family
“Luscious, caramelised and nicely cured”, this slow cooked ham joint has the wow factor. “The meat is moist and the flavours are well balanced, with a delicious layer of glazed fat,” enthused the judges. olivercarty.ie
Senorio Organic AcornFed Iberico Salchichón Brindisa
The meat of pure-bred, acorn-fed Iberico pigs raised and fattened on the dehesas of Extremadura is allowed to shine through. Peppercorns add brightness and the meat:fat ratio creates an appealing mouthfeel. brindisa.com
Nativus Spicy Venison Salami
Best of Hungary
The soft melt in the mouth releases a full-on flavour profile rich with spicy paprika and warming chilli, while smoking over beechwood adds depth and creaminess to this venison charcuterie. bestofhungary.co.uk
Chestnut Smoked Coppa Tempus Foods
The judges found the salt and smoke to be perfectly balanced and the texture wonderful with marbled and melting fat, but what really won them over was the way this coppa breaks down in the mouth.
Cecina de Wagyu
Selección El Castro
Productos Cárnicos El Castro
“This piece of smoked beef is beautifully crafted and well-marbled,” remarked the judges, adding: “The smoke flavour and saltiness do not overpower the palate, allowing the beef to be the star of the show.”
Smoked Chicken Breast Black Mountains
While slicing this smoked chicken breast, the judges couldn’t help but marvel at the “wonderful succulent appearance” and the “purity of the smoked aroma” that greeted their senses – reaffirmed in the texture and mouthfeel. smoked-foods.co.uk
The judges applauded this British charcuterie producer on using beef from ex-dairy cows to make its “perfectly thin bresaola”, which impressed with its even cure, aroma of green cardamom and rich, melt-inthe-mouth texture. tempusfoods.com
Capreolus Fine Foods
With this cured, fermented and air-dried pork collar, Capreolus has orchestrated a “symphony of sweet and tender meat, flavourful fat, perfectly balanced spice, a superb and succulent mouthfeel and a long and lingering taste”. capreolusfinefoods.co.uk
Original Biltong Biltong Emporium
This South African style biltong is made from Aberdeen Angus silverside. The judges recognised the obvious quality of the beef and observed that it had been dried perfectly, retaining its moisture and tenderness. biltongemporium.com
Suprema de Cecina Premium Entrepeñas
This Spanish producer has done justice to León’s flagship product, conceiving a beautifully marbled Cecina in which the sweetness of the fat works with the spices to deliver lingering flavour and a pleasing mouthfeel. embutidosentrepenas.es
Cecina de León IGP Embutidos Ferju
The judges loved this look of this Cecina, “rosy pink with golden fat”. The palate did not disappoint either, thanks to the perfect combination of salinity, sweetness and gentle-yetpervasive smoke.
Jamon De Tudanca
The judges were united in their love of this unusual cured beef from mature Tudanca cows. They praised the melt-in-the-mouth texture, resulting from a shorter curing time, and the “incredible” depth of flavour from the meat. carniceriaquintana.com
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Blaisdon Red Plum
The Artisan Kitchen
The rare, heritage Blaisdon red plum is the star of this show and the texture of this jam – a serial 3-star winner – allows the character of the fruit to shine. “We loved the tartness-yet-sweetness of the plums,” said one judge. . theartisankitchen.co.uk
Granville Raspberry Jam
The judges were happy to discover a raspberry jam that preserves the “fresh acidic loveliness” of raspberries. They said the sweetness was “spot on”, and the zingy raspberry had maintained “all its integrity”. granvillehotel.ie
Fig, Pear & Apple Jam
The aroma of fresh figs, apples, pears and cinnamon greets the senses, paving the palate for soft juicy fruit pieces, warming spices and crunchy seeds. The judges couldn’t wait to try it on their cheeseboards.
Passion Fruit Curd
“An extremely wellexecuted curd with a stunning texture” said the judges - a nod to the producer’s use of ingredients such as Irish butter and free-range eggs, as well as its ability to balance sharpness and sweetness. follain.ie
English Heritage Toffee Apple Curd
The judges were “surprised and delighted by the exceptional balance of this product”. They found the tart apple notes cleansed the palate after the initial kick of buttery creaminess and toffee sweetness. thursday-cottage.com
Biona Organic Cashew
Butter Windmill Organics
Organic cashew nuts have been “roasted to perfection” to achieve a silky consistency that pleased the judges. “It is gorgeously thick and super smooth. And the natural sweetness of the cashews shines through,” they said. windmillorganics.com
Sugar Life by Vlad
One spoonful was enough to turn the judges into evangelists for this silky caramel made from Italian pistachio paste and fleur de sel. “Perfectly balanced salt, creaminess, and caramel, with pistachio as the shining star,” they said. sugarlife.cz
The Artisan Kitchen
What makes this special is the fact that it is not too sweet, delivering bright citrus orange tartness from start to finish. “The initial sharpness is followed by a bitter bite from the perfectly cooked peel,” noted one judge. theartisankitchen.co.uk
Marmalade Vino De Naranja
The Artisan Kitchen
This marmalade brought a ray of Spanish sunshine to the table, with its clarity, and bright, fresh flavours that “dance” on the tongue and contrast with the sweetness and richness from the vino. theartisankitchen.co.uk
Tarocco Blood Orange Marmalade
The Artisan Kitchen
Retaining the freshness of the Tarocco blood oranges during the cooking process is the key to producing this intense, tangy marmalade, which the judges thought was sugared to perfection – with great texture, body and balance of flavours. theartisankitchen.co.uk
The Artisan Kitchen
The waft of citrus emanates from this marmalade, which balances bitter and sweet with clearly defined yet harmonious ingredients while the bitters in Aperol add a layer of complexity. theartisankitchen.co.uk
The Artisan Kitchen
The judges thought this “cocktail” of flavours delivered just the right sharpness of acidity and sugar to soften the bitterness from the pink grapefruits. “We can taste the gin and bitters, but just to the right degree,” they said. theartisankitchen.co.uk
The Artisan Kitchen
The judges were in raptures about the aromas of sun-kissed Sorrento lemons that soar from the jar and entice, with a lovely lemon peel fragrance, and branded this entry an “excellent citrus wake-up call”. theartisankitchen.co.uk
The Artisan Kitchen Judges were struck by the “incredible freshness of flavour” in this marmalade, which achieves a balance of sweetness, tartness, tang and bitterness. The texture of the pulp, pith and peel were also deemed spot on. theartisankitchen.co.uk
The judges felt that the “properly punchy” flavours of this marmalade would enhance every breakfast table, bringing fruity citrus freshness harnessed by a deep tang and bitterness that harmonises with the sweetness from the honey. hillsidehousehoney.co.uk
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Pink Gin Marmalade
JAMS & PRESERVES
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www.biltongemporium.com Creators of quality handcrafted Biltong in a variety of delicious flavours
Signature Biltong Bloody Mary Bites
We see honey as the “little brother” of wine and attach great importance to the selection of terroir, but also aroma and color of our honey.
The nomination at the Great Taste Golden Fork 2023 strengthens our way of working.
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DID YOU KNOW?
This year, only 5,904 products of the total products entered received an award (41.6%) and of the 2,516 winning companies, 1,837 (73%) are based in the UK while 679 (27%) span the corners of the globe.
GREAT TASTE 2023 | 3-STAR GUIDE 31 JUDGING
Dark Woods Coffee
An ambitious project –processing this coffee to develop flavours akin to IPA beer – has yielded an “extraordinary” coffee with an “unbelievably clearly defined identity”. Judges branded it “a triumph”. darkwoodscoffee.co.uk
Colombia El Placer
Dark Woods Coffee
The judges weren’t prepared for the “massive fruity punch on the nose” but admitted it was “really rather dreamy”. They said this converted straight onto the palate, via a “mellow soft and approachable taste”. darkwoodscoffee.co.uk
Colombia El Vergel “Guavabanana”
Vandyke Brothers Coffee
Caturra Arabica is anaerobically fermented in its own juices, slowdried and hand-roasted, resulting in “a big, assertive flavour that delivers quite an identity”. vandykebrothers.co.uk
Dark Woods Coffee
This espresso roast is all about the fruit, starting with blue and red berries on the nose that carry on into strawberry and cherry on the palate. “This is what we come here for!” commented one judge. darkwoodscoffee.co.uk
The judges were surprised by how delicate and floral this coffee was for a carbonic maceration. They characterised it as “supremely balanced and complex”, with a heady, floral aroma. darkwoodscoffee.co.uk
Bay Coffee Roasters
Roasted using renewable energy from wind farms in Wales, this coffee wowed the judges with its sustainable credentials but its “burnt but never bitter” taste, “intense citrus fruitiness” and “long, delicious finish” were what earned it a 3-star. baycoffeeroasters.com
The Lost Barn Coffee Roasters
When the judges saw the words “high-grown Yirgacheffe”, they were anticipating something special. “Zesty, almost floral on the nose and on the palate, this is an utter delight,” was the verdict. lostbarncoffee.co.uk
As an espresso this shines, but with milk it becomes even more exceptional –the lactose transforming it into a cherry Bakewell tart, and giving a complex fruity sweetness that pleased every judge. kavoholik.sk
The judges described this as “a coffee that keeps on giving”, with boozy spice, sweet notes and an elegant level of citric acidity – proof that this newcomer to the coffee roasting scene can seriously balance flavours. idylika.sk
Bean Brothers Coffee Company
The beans spend 60 days marinating in oak barrels with vintage Mexican rum. The rum influence is “delightful and delicate with a light vanilla that complements the acidity”. beanbrothers.co.uk
Jammy and bright, with sweet rum notes, this coffee perked up the judges’ tastebuds immediately, then the addition of milk took them to another level, as it assumed “an almostMadeira-cake sweetness and intriguing depth”. cafedepanama.com
The judges detected hazelnut praline and gianduja on the nose of the roasted beans and “bags of fruit” in the first sip of espresso, which they thought had “sufficient complexity” to appeal to many palates. cafedepanama.com
The judges decided this Honduran Arabica could be a dessert substitute, with notes of hazelnut praline and a long, chocolatey finish. earlybirdcoffee.fr
“We knew from the moment we smelled the beans that we were in for a superior coffee,” said one judge. The Speciality Grade Ethiopian beans render a punchy cup with natural honey sweetness and tartness to boot.
The judges found plenty to shout about in this high-grown Arabica. It is malty and acidic but full of flavour from the stewed fruit, marmalade and jammy notes that all work in harmony. monsoonestates.co.uk
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100% Pink Bourbon
Colombia Mikava 100% Red Bourbon Carbonic Maceration
Early Bird Signature Espresso Roast – Single Origin
Panama Black Honey Cafe de Panama
Guji Acacia Natural Process Coffee Strangers Coffee Company
Panama Espresso Cafe de Panama
Rwandan Kinini Monsoon Estates Coffee Company
Captain’s Grog – Rummarinated Guatamalan Coffee Beans
GREAT TASTE 2023 | 3-STAR GUIDE 33 Happy bees make the best honey, 3-Star honey, year after year!
Wild Flower Honey
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Provence Lavender Honey
3-STAR GUIDE 34 Discover the fruity, delicate taste of 245 www.245oliveoil.gr Handmade on our family farm in West Cork Ireland. www.durruscheese.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org Durrus Óg
Bivalyos Tanya Acacia
Best of Hungary
The judges were effusive in their praise, declaring this “the most enjoyable heady honey” they had had in a while. Alongside lemon citrus and floral notes, they even discerned “little pockets of pollen which burst on the tongue”. bestofhungary.co.uk
Sommerblüte Fass Nr. 1
This raw blossom honey from the German village of Weggun was the judges’ first encounter with passion fruit florality and it astounded them with its zesty burst of flavours and heady pollen aroma.
Sweet Chestnut Honey
Travelling Bee Company
Harvested from sweet chestnut trees in the forests of France’s Dordogne, this monofloral honey challenges with its boldness. The judges likened it to a caramel – taken to the edge of bitterness, then pulled back at just the right time. travellingbee.co.uk
Collected from the flowering fields of the Thessalian plain, this delicate, aromatic Greek honey delivers acres of sunny lavender. “The lavender is hugely evident and the balance is floral, sweet and nourishing,” remarked the judges. melirahoney.com.gr
Wild Oak Honey
The warm fudgy sweetness, hints of resin, pine, floral intensity and woody forest flavours at large in this dense, viscous Greek honey offer a rare window into the bees’ foraging environment, clearly displayed through “vibrant and vital” flavour. melirahoney.com.gr
Mama Buci Zambian
Honey - Winter Harvest
Mama Buci International
Duskily aromatic, with corresponding depth of colour and opacity, this tastes as dark as it looks. The judges identified a set of interesting, complex flavours, including sesame, carob, menthol, herbs and liquorice. mamabuci.com
Roua Maramureșuluimiere ecologică de tei
With its insistent florality and tang of bitter lime, this linden honey from one of the first organic bee farms in Romania made a lasting impression. “Unusual and complex,” remarked one judge.
Organic Oak Honey
A marriage of the sacred oak and wild herbs, this honey is dark, rich and deep with mountain scents, woodland and herbs. “This is everything you look for in a Greek mountain honey,” said the judges. beenaturalles.com
The Bear’s Honey
The gentle fruity aroma belies the belt of flavour that follows when this high-altitude Greek tree heather honey lands on the palate, administering “layer upon layer of sweetness and gentle acidity amidst the most wonderful floral tones”.
Andes Mountain honey
The creamy, silken melt of this complex honey ensures both even flavour delivery and wonderful length. The judges were still teasing out floral notes alongside citrus zestiness many minutes after the initial sampling. cdcolmenares.com
The Noble Bee
Miraculously, this honey “melts in the mouth but leaves the palate clean”, but not before it has deposited the deep, fragrant flavours of the ancient sweet chestnut trees and wildflowers that surround the hives in The New Forest. thenoblebee.co.uk
The thyme is up front, backed by lavender and other herbs, making this wild honey “one to eat by the spoonful” for the judges. It balances gentle acidity, light butterscotch tones and a lingering herbaceous finish.
The foothills of Mount Olympus have yielded a “complex, delicious honey with a silky texture”. The judges experienced the flavour in layers, yet retaining the character of the different foraged sources. geaolympou.gr
Judges were transported to the forests of northern Spain by the piney taste of this fudge-textured mono-floral heather honey. They said: “the aftertaste is remarkable in length as well as zesty florality”. mielrobledal.es
Aphrodite Forest Honey
The judges were entranced by the gentle floral note and “sublime” mouthfeel of this raw honey. “It is soft and sits on the centre of your tongue releasing warm camphor and honey sweetness,” said one taster. aphroditehoney.co.uk
GREAT TASTE 2023 | 3-STAR GUIDE 35 HONEY
Oak & Olympus herbs
GI Lemnos Apicultural Cooperative
Miel De Calluna El Robledal
Jesús Montes Rodríguez
Noble Bee Honey
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Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation for food & drink producers in the world. It supports, promotes and mentors the people crafting fantastic food and delicious drinks in businesses large and small, giving buyers and food lovers in the UK and overseas reliable recommendations for great tasting products.
Great Taste offers a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service, leading to a 1-, 2- or 3-star award that encourages confidence and commercial success for quality food & drink businesses. This in turn generates a greater awareness for products locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, providing a platform for award-winners to be discovered and enjoyed.
Since 1994, 170,000 products have been put through this robust judging process. Each one is fastidiously blind-tasted by a selected panel of industry experts – including chefs, cooks, buyers, retailers, restaurateurs, food critics and writers – all searching for the stand-out products to be celebrated each year.
All branding and packaging is removed from the judging room, so you can guarantee that their assessment is completely free from bias. Of course the judges take into account the texture, appearance, aroma and quality of the ingredients, but above all else the question remains – does the product taste truly great?
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White Sourdough Bread
The sourness from the three-day fermentation was so “moreish” that the judges had to stop themselves devouring the entire loaf. “A beautifully crafted loaf, with a crisp crust, perfect rise and soft, open crumb,” they said. iamedbaker.com
Premium Fine Puff
“This is a great ready-touse product that we defy any chef to make better,” said the judges of this prerolled frozen pastry, which puffed up beautifully during cooking to deliver a light, airy, buttery end product.
Drawing on its Baltic and Russian heritage, this family-run bakery has mastered the art of rye bread, evidenced in this well-baked loaf with a crisp crust, even sprinkling of caraway seeds and soft, airy crumb.
Organic Fine Puff Pastry
“It’s hard to know how to fault this,” commented one judge. “What you have is feather-light pastry that crumbles, almost melts in the mouth, and leaves a rich, buttery taste that quietly subsides.”
Heralded as “a true champion of a sourdough bread” by the judges, this loaf brings together all the elements of a classic sourdough: craggy crust, sour aroma, well-structured crumb and nutty flour. 108thebakery.co.uk
“Beautifully aerated, overtly buttery, with perfect salinity and a suggestion of sweetness”, was how the judges described this, adding: “We couldn’t believe we were eating plain pastry and going in for seconds.”
Apple, Mincemeat & Marzipan
The judges found lots to praise: “out of this world” pastry, “fruity and light” mincemeat, and fruit that has been marinaded in cider brandy to give a finish that makes you “scream for more”. tanglewoodkitchen.co.uk
Oliphant & Pomeroy
Flaky and evenly layered, these croissants showcase a mastery of laminated dough and the rich flavour left the judges wondering how the Buckinghamshire bakery had produced such a “stunning evocation of classic croissant” without butter.
This zero-waste plant milk now has even more to recommend it after passing the scrutiny of the panel with flying colours. The judges loved its creaminess and clean taste as well as the roasted nut flavours. rerootedorganic.co.uk
Honey & Walnut Cake
As well as being a visual treat, with its impressive layers of honey sponge, this cake delighted the judges with its flavour, which balances sweet honey with tangy crème fraîche and crunchy walnuts.
Panettone Infused with Vin Santo Liqueur
The judges marvelled at the layers of indulgence in this light panettone, flecked with soaked fruit. They admired the way “pops of boozy, malty, fudgy fruit add contrast to the gorgeous eggy slices”. tenutamarmorelle.com
Dark Chocolate & Sea
Churn & Chill
“The texture is excellent, rich and deeply creamy. The chocolate has deep flavours, and the salt adds a wonderful little pop of surprise,” said the judges, adding that the biggest surprise was that this is a vegan product. churnandchill.co.uk
This “shining example of a Basque cheesecake” has a signature burnished crust and clean, creamy interior that takes the palate on a journey from zesty buttery cheesecake through to deep butterscotch notes. lamaritxucheesecake. co.uk
As well as being full of deeply satisfying cake, the judges were full of admiration for the “different, brave and bold” statement this traditional Caribbean cake makes through its intense booziness and treacly, molasses taste.
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Elastic mozzarella curds provide an enjoyable contrast to the smooth cream in this cheese, summarised by the judges as fresh, creamy, milky and rich, but with enough sourness to prevent it from being cloying. carnevale.co.uk
Caws Teifi Cheese
“How can cheese be indulgent yet refreshing?” asked the judges, marvelling at how this three day-old unpressed and brined cows’ milk cheese dissolves in the mouth to leave citrus freshness and salinity that is “really pleasing”. teificheese.co.uk
Aged for 8-12 weeks, this young cheese’s ability to flood the palate with a rich, creamy balance of flavours confounded the judges. “To achieve this level of complexity in a cheese this age is a feat of dairy magic,” they exclaimed. lyburnfarm.co.uk
“This is a beautifully made and delicious cheese; the balance is absolutely spot on,” said the judges, also praising the spicy blueing and the creamy, sweet and crumbly curds. cropwellbishopstilton. com
Organic Truffled Benville
Hollis Mead Organic Dairy
This Brie-style cheese incorporates truffle without overpowering everything. “The rich creamy flavour of the cheese is perfectly matched by the intensity of the truffle,” the judges noted.
This small, washed rind cows’ milk cheese was a big hit with the judges on many counts, not least for its “moreish and satisfying” deep savoury flavours and soft melting rind delivering a hint of earthiness.
Wrapped in nettle leaves, this distinctive cows’ milk cheese exhibits a creamy mouthfeel and bright vibrant flavours. “Clean on the palate with a good balance of richness and lactic tang,” was one judge’s verdict. lynherdairies.co.uk
The buttery texture of this semi-soft cheese, washed in brown ale, releases a “well judged” flavour profile rich with calcium lactate notes. The slight bitterness of the ale adds a further “very enjoyable” dimension. doddingtondairy.co.uk
The Torpenhow Cheese Company
This white moulded cheese combines the “warmth and softness” of rich, creamy, dairy freshness with “honest meadow character”, contrasting with bold mushroom umami notes and a touch of acidity. torpenhoworganic.co.uk
“Creamy, full-on butter with a tang that hovers on the top of your mouth releasing some moderate attitude,” was one judge’s take on this cheese that is washed in rum produced on site.
Gorwydd Caerphilly Trethowan’s Dairy
When this traditional Caerphilly is presented at its peak, the paste just beneath the crust softens to impart “intriguing farmyardy undertones” and a mouthfeel that breaks down to reveal a “long crazy, lemony finish” that enthralled judges. trethowanbrothers.com
Simply Better French Epoisses PDO
This version of the classic French washed rind cheese was billed by judges as “delightfully oozy with just enough structure to hold together” and its savourybut-fresh flavour wowed them as much as the long saline finish. dunnesstores.com
Mrs Bell’s Blue Shepherds Purse Cheeses
The judges loved the fresh, salty assault of this “subtle, complex, mellow and very moreish” mouldripened sheep’s cheese. “It refreshed our palates and brought a great raft of clear, bright flavours with a creamy mouthfeel,” they said. shepherdspurse.co.uk
Cacio Di Afrodite
Caseificio Il Fiorino
“Nuanced and impeccably made, it evolved into a thing of beauty,” effused the judges about this pecorino from Tuscany, holding it up as a “terrific example” of a well matured sheep’s milk cheese. caseificioilfiorino.it
Roussas Feta PDO Roussas Dairy
The judges loved the texture of this Greek classic: it cut well and had the perfect mouthfeel. “Firm, yet crumbly and completely delicious, this is a fine example of wellmade and cared for Feta cheese,” they said. roussas.gr
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Classic Blue Stilton
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Roussas Galotyri PDO
This sharp, salty, creamy cheese is one for true Greek cheese afficionados, with a finely balanced flavour profile that shifts between the tang of yoghurt, the savouriness of cheese and the freshness and sweetness of milk. roussas.gr
Queso Manchego Artesano DOP CuradoVillajos Agrovillaserra
The judges were astounded by the flavour this maker has achieved in under a year of maturation: it’s ripe, lightly acidic, sweet and buttery, with the freshest of milky finishes, clean and lingering. villajos.es
Queso Curado en Romero – “Villarejo Rosemary”
This would make a fine cheeseboard centrepiece. Taste-wise, the judges loved the contrast of the herby, woody rosemary with the lactic tang of the sheep’s cheese. quesosvillarejo.com
18% Sour Cream Green Pastures (Donegal)
The panel got quite animated about this glossy thick enriched cream, describing how it “tingles the taste buds with lactic loveliness, covering the tongue deliciously and picking up every taste receptor going”.
Organic Sheep Milk Yoghurt
This sheep’s milk yoghurt won the judges over with its smooth consistency, tangy taste and enticing sheen. “The flavour is exceptional, so clean with a citrus zing. It is so simple, pure and totally delicious,” they remarked. woodlandsdairy.co.uk
Artesano D.O.P. Curado
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Dry yet moist, intense in flavour, and milky on the finish with an acidity that lingers on the palate, this is a “superb Manchego” that deserves a podium place, according to the panel. quesosvillarejo.com
Tor White Lake Cheese
“Clean, sweet, gently acidic, beyond perfection”, said the judges of this “good looking” goats’ cheese from Somerset. The goat character is distinct but not overpowering, and they thought the paste was akin to biting into white chocolate. whitelake.co.uk
Sharpham Cremet Sharpham Partnership
This Devon-made goats’ cheese enriched with cows’ cream felt “ridiculously indulgent” to the judges, who also praised its balance and the peppery notes that come through on the finish. sharphamcheese.co.uk
Half Fat Crème Fraîche
Irish Yogurts Clonakilty
Sharp, sour, creamy, grassy, sweet and nutty like warm hay, this is a glossy white crème fraîche that showcases cows’ milk with its farm flavours – making a simple product exciting. irish-yogurts.ie
Raw Jersey Salted
Old Hall Farm
The judges thought this “wonderfully creamy and smooth” butter looked and tasted like it had come straight from the milking parlour, with its pale primrose colour, farmyard aroma and mellow flavour. oldhallfarm.co.uk
Boyne Valley Cheese
This goats’ cheese is quite sweet in the centre and gets less so as you approach the rind, which the judges liked, along with the “fluffy” consistency, the warming nuttiness and the lasting tang. boynevalleycheese.com
Boyne Valley Bán
Boyne Valley Cheese
“This has a beautiful, creamy consistency with the most lovely blend of tangy, creamy and salty,” said the judges, of this “handsome” goats’ cheese, adding that the milky cleanliness on the finish left them reaching for more. boynevalleycheese.com
La Quesería de María
The smooth, creamy texture releases a pleasantly lactic aroma and “stunning” flavour, rich with all the character the judges would expect from a good quality goats’ milk cheese: bright citrus notes, great complexity and wellrounded length. laqueseriademaria.com
Macroom Buffalo Cheese
This creamy, classic ricotta took the judges on a journey of flavours. It melts in the mouth to release grassy, citrus, meadow notes that are clean, fresh, milky and delicate. macroombuffalocheese. com
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Di Meo’s Ice Cream
This velvet-smooth gelato, rich in dairy creaminess, is the perfect matrix for the Sao Thomé cocoa bean.
“There are fruity notes, but the complex nuttiness of the chocolate is the star here,” said the judges. dimeos.co.uk
Blackcurrant & Cream
Cherry Moo Luxury
Handmade Ice Cream
The tangy, sharp blackcurrant compote works beautifully with the rich, velvety ice cream, coming together to create a “thing of true beauty”.
“Give us the tub and we will be in ice cream heaven,” said the judges. cherrymoo.co.uk
Pistachio Ice Cream
Mauds Ice Creams
The judges found it hard to imagine how this could be improved, so enamoured were they with the way the thick, unctuous texture coats the mouth and delivers waves of freshly roasted pistachio. mauds.com
Pistachio Swirl Ice Cream
Morelli Ice Cream
This “indulgently creamy and undeniably pistachio” ice cream delighted the judges with its forward nut and cream flavours, which are not masked by sweetness but are enhanced by smooth Sicilian pistachio cream. morellisices.com
Sourdough Seeded Crackers
“An exceptionally clever product”, the judges said:
“It’s beautifully seasoned, we could pick up the ferment in the sourdough, and the oil brings the flavours all together on the palate”.
Clotted Cream with Irish Black Butter Ice Cream
Morelli Ice Cream
This melds rich dairy cream with the unique profile of Irish Black Butter while relaying spice alongside the burned sugar notes. The whole thing is “balanced, brilliant, utterly decadent and delicious”. morellisices.com
Di Meo’s Ice Cream
The panel congratulated the maker on letting the fruit sing in this intensely blackcurrant gelato.
“The fresh, sharp, zesty blackcurrants wash over the palate to deliver a rich creamy flavour that lasts and lasts,” they said. dimeos.co.uk
The judges applauded the crafting of a difficult ingredient in this innovative gelato, which they thought was fantastic for liquorice lovers.
“The powerful blend of sweetness and bitterness of liquorice were glorious,” they commented. swoononaspoon.co.uk
The aroma of roasted pistachios gives way to a nutty taste on the palate, and the smooth and creamy-yet-grainy gelato texture adds to the enjoyment. “A delicious natural pistachio ice cream,” was the verdict. ragagelato.co.uk
Organic Empeltre Olives EVOO Zeet
The soft texture took the judges by surprise, as did the deep, rich, earthy flavour, leading them to describe these Spanish black olives as “cleverly capturing so much interest in every bite”. evoozeet.com
Fabulous Ice Fires
Layer upon layer of flavours and textures, from vibrant fresh citrus to tangerine pieces and crunchy almonds, add complexity and interest in an “extraordinary” gelato, which judges said tastes like a summer holiday. icefires.london
Fabulous Ice Fires
This meld of yoghurt and citrus-noted curd was a revelation for the judges, who could have sworn they were eating indulgent cream-heavy ice cream rather than frozen yoghurt, owing to the “sublime, utterly creamy texture”. icefires.london
Natural Yogurt & Blackcurrant Sorbet Scúp Gelato
The judges luxuriated in the creaminess that coated the mouth and the tartness that filled the palate with an intense burst of fruit.
“We thought the balance of sweet and tart was perfection,” they said. scupgelato.com
This gelato cake is a vision of fresh, not too sweet, multi-textured sophistication. The mascarpone top layer is smooth and sweet, then the pistachio gelato underneath is astonishingly nutty with a hint of salt and sweetness. swoononaspoon.co.uk
These king-sized green olives look wonderful, with the anchovy fillet nestling in the pit hole. On eating, they unleash “an explosion of savoury, umami tastes that evoke both the sea and the smell of olive groves”. anchoashazas.com
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Torta Siciliana Swoon Gelato
Aceitunas rellenas de Anchoas Haza
Pure Blackcurrant Gelato
Lu Yu Honey Flavour
Black Tea (summer)
Lu Yu Estate
The judges agreed that the rich, sweet honeyed notes are at their most impressive when this single estate Taiwanese tea is sampled at 40°C. They branded it “an outstanding example” of a loose-leaf black tea.
Flavour Black Tea
Junjie Lin Tea Garden
While bugs are usually a nuisance for tea growers, in this case, the plant’s reaction to the bite of the green leafhopper is what gives this large-leaf organic oolong its unique honeyed flavour.
Archome Ent. Int’l Co.
This Taiwanese tea, distinguished by its sweet honey and fruity aroma, charmed the judges with its “delightful liquor”, which they found to be “sweet and peachy with notes of muscatel; almost hinting at Darjeeling”. yoosheetea.com
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The “remarkable lily notes” in this lively oolong are certainly worth a trek up a mountain. The judges also noted that the leaves are well rolled and unfurl to reveal leaves of beautiful quality when infused. yoosheetea.com
With a sweet, smooth, floral flavour that sits somewhere between green tea and oolong tea, paochong is a light fermented tea. The judges felt its beautiful leaf and clear, bright liquor merited a top award.
The judges likened this loose-leaf single-estate Taiwanese oolong to a “spring garden”, describing the “bright, limpid, golden liquor” as “delicate but sweetly charming” and “gently persistent on the palate”.
Lapsang Souchong Tea
Visitors to Harrogate eatery Rubins Café can witness first-hand the pleasing pine notes, distinct smoky aroma and sweetness that led the judges to conclude that this was “the perfect smoky tea”. rubinsfood.com
JING Assam Breakfast
The judges would happily wake up to a cup of this delightfully malty tea, which produces a coppery brew. They praised the “clear and pleasing Assam character” and “beautifully rounded liquor”. jingtea.com
This Japanese green tea is made from the Hoshino Midori cultivar. The panel relished the opportunity to appraise such a rare tea and loved the way its delicacy was allied to a surprising level of umami. tearepertoire.com
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Tea drinkers can expect deep, rounded umami flavours and some marked sweetness from this rare Japanese green tea. While the astringency is firm, the judges were satisfied that the delivery is ultimately in perfect balance. shinryokuen.net
Traditional Chinese tea art meets modern simplicity in this blend of light oolong and chrysanthemum. The judges found that the rounded, rich, floral flavours were tempered by a pleasant level of astringency on the finish. yoosheetea.com
The judges thought this was a very clever meld, in which both the Masala Chai spicing and the black tea leaves are “equally assertive” and the bright, fresh cardamom and saffron have a chance to shine.
This works as an espresso or a latte, with milk adding to the complexity and depth of fruit and floral flavours. “We love this new way of drinking rooibos,” enthused the judges, declaring it “heavenly with milk”. novustea.co.uk
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Pinglin Paochong tea
Pinglin Paochong tea (home)
Maremono (Rare leaves)
Grandad’s Masala Chai Namaste by Delhi Darbar
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