Great Taste Awards 2014
Had some fantastic news this week when I found out that two of my drinks had won prestigious Great Taste Gold Stars at the 2014 Great Taste Awards. These awards are when products are tasted and judged ‘blind’ by the great and the good of the fine food world. They’re kind of like the Oscars of our fine food.
BRECKLAND ORCHARD ELDERFLOWER – GOLD 1 STAR
Just launched in Spring of this year, and an award winner already! Thrilled to bits doesn’t even describe how I felt. The judges were lovely with their comments describing it as:
“We really liked the gentle flavour of elderflower in this drink. Its not overly sweet, which we enjoyed. It’s very gently sparkling which meant that the flavour wasn’t lost in the bubbles. We felt there was an ‘honesty’ about this product”
“A delicious authentic elderflower drink. A grown up drink with a true elderflower muskiness. A real taste of summer! Delightful!”
BRECKLAND ORCHARD GINGER BEER WITH CHILLI – GOLD 1 STAR
Whoop – another award for my multi-award winning Ginger Beer with Chilli, which was one of my original four flavours when I started out in 2009, and has remained a firm favourite ever since. Summerfruitcup blog put it as their favourite Ginger Beer when they taste tested 27 Ginger Beers. One farm shop has someone who buys 24 bottles at a time, another cafe has someone who comes in every single day to buy a bottle……so I am glad the judges agreed that it’s pretty special as Ginger Beer goes!
Judges commented “Lovely refreshing ginger beer. Little chilli flavour comes through, just the heat”….. and that’s what usually takes folk by surprise…the mellow-ness and smoothness of the taste. The kick of Chilli without the gushing heat.
Very proud and happy overall!