Suki Tea celebrates as its fruit blend (or tisane if you want to get posh about it) ‘Apple Loves Mint’ is in the spotlight as a 2014 Great Taste “TOP 50 FOODS”
Out of 10,000 entries into this year’s Great Taste Awards, Apple Loves Mint produced by Suki Teahouse Ltd has risen to the top to be named one of Britain’s Top 50 Foods.
How do you like them apples? … This is an amazing achievement, to be named one the Top 50 Foods is a massive result for us and the cafés and distributors who sell our tea on will benefit greatly from this. This was one of two three star awards we received this year totalling 27 awards to date. The tea was BLIND-tasted, tasted and tasted again by some of the most demanding and knowledgeable judges in the country who will only choose the most exquisite food to be in the Top 50. This fruit blend is in our top 6 and available in hundreds of cafés across the UK. Our caffeine free fruit tea that is making waves seems to get people very excited and quite rightly so. The baby rose buds and papaya chunks could almost be mistaken for jewels or sweeties. A layered flavour starting with the slight acidity of crisp apple, then sweet papaya, followed by a subtle rose hint and finally fresh mint. Visually stunning and a proper treat to drink. The sign of a good tea, always leaves you wanting more.
This result means that Apple Loves Mint joins the ranks of some of the most outstanding foods available. It also means that the Apple Loves Mint is in with a chance of winning a Great Taste Golden Fork Award, one of the highest accolades in the world of fine food. Simply put, these are products worth searching for and worth savouring.
Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, Women’s Institute judges, farmers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a badge of honour but more importantly, the Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – and hundreds of judges have worked hard to discover the very best through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drink.
Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging. Judges are presented with a spoonful of jam, a pie, a slice of salami, or a cup of espresso, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner. In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.
This year a massive 10,000 products entered into Great Taste and of those products, 153 have been awarded 3-star. A panel of supremely talented judges including; Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, MasterChef 2013 Natalie Coleman, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets, and chefs including Michelin Star chef Russell Brown have together re-judged and tasted yet again the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2014 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners as well as the new 2014 Supreme Champion.
Finally on Monday, 8 September, at a nail-biting Awards’ Dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, the great and the good from the world of fine food will gather to hear who has won the Golden Fork Awards and the final applause will be reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2014.
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.
Since 1994 over 90,000 products have been evaluated. This year 10,000 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.
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?
Working in small teams, experts taste 25 foods in each sitting, 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.
Any food that a judging team believes is worthy of Great Taste stars is judged by at least two further teams. Only when there is a consensus will an award be given – that means at least 16 judges will have tasted every accredited product. For Great Taste 3-star, every single judge attending the session, which can be as many as 40 experts must unanimously agree the food 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.
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Apple Loves Mint – SUKI TEA | Great Taste Award winner TOP50
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