Great Taste Awards 2013

Great Taste Awards 2013The results for the Great Taste Awards 2013 were announced by the Guild of Fine Food last week. We’ve had huge success winning one, two and three gold star awards for several of our teas in the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging.  Judges are presented with, for example, a piece of cheese, a pie or a little dish of chutney, 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.

Out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste 2013 just 125 have been awarded 3-star.  All 3-star products have been re-judged by a panel including Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets and Michelin Star chef Russell Brown who have together decided on the 2013 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners as well as the new 2013 Supreme Champion.

David and I were also involved in the judging for other products – a fantastic experience – great to meet lots of interesting foodie people and to see the judging process. We’re VERY proud to say we achieved the following awards:

Walk in the Dark

We are supporting Collarways in this years Walk in the Dark by providing free cups of tea to all walkers. It’s going to be our first outing as The Tea Studio.

Walk in the Dark is all about safety at night, when you’re out walking your dogs in towns, fields or country lanes. Road accidents involving dogs increase significantly during the darker hours of the winter months and this is often due to the fact that the dog and their owner are not visible enough to motorists.

This year Walk in the Dark have chosen to support Search & Rescue Dogs. Collarways, the sponsors, have a close relationship with Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs, who have chosen the Leuchtie LED collar as their preferred high visibility gear for their search dogs.

Anyone can join in – details below:

Shaftesbury – Country walk on Win Green
meet at Win Green car park of Donhead Hollow
Date: 25th October, 7pm
Organiser: Collarways Limited

Bath Christmas Market

So if things go according to plan this will be our first outing as The Tea Studio. An opportunity to test our brand and our products on the great British public and for us to learn a few new skills. It will be a far cry from the usual 9-5 desk bound routines that we’ve been used to for the last ten years. Will we live through the cold? We’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out if we are selected by the market organisers.

Here’s a link to the market website:

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