The Top 50 winners of Great Taste 2017

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Sea Salted Caramel Sticky Toffee Pudding – BERRIES

Added September 2nd, 2017
Berries Sea Salted Caramel Sticky Toffee Pudding

This indulgent, dense, but still fluffy pudding with a soft sponge and tasty pieces of date, all in a perfectly flavoured sauce, is a well-made delight https://berries.co.im/

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Sweet Cured Bacon Rack – HANNAN MEATS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Hannan Meats Sweet Cured Bacon Rack

Sweet fat and skin that melts in the mouth, together with a perfect cure, make this an outstanding product – “salty, wonderful and magnificent,” according to our judges. http://www.hannanmeats.com/

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Lancashire Cheese – MRS KIRKHAM’S

Added September 2nd, 2017
Mrs Kirkhams Lancashire Cheese

Traditionally made using raw cows’ milk, Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire has a texture, moistness, acidity and smooth, well-rounded flavour that is characteristic of the very best of this style of cheese. http://www.mrskirkhamscheese.co.uk/

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Chocolate Sorbetto – SWOON

Added September 2nd, 2017
Swoon chocolate sorbetto

Great Taste judges did indeed swoon over this superb chocolate sorbetto, produced by churning 85% extra bitter chocolate with water and natural sugars to produce a “rich, complex and intense” dessert. Dubbed the “perfect encapsulation of chocolate”, it has the fudgy creaminess of ice cream – despite no dairy content – and the freshness of […]

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Smoked Black Pudding – HUGH MAGUIRE

Added September 2nd, 2017
Hugh Maguire Smoked Black Pudding

“Why has no-one ever smoked black pudding before?” one judge asked, before declaring as “genius” this traditional blood pudding, which is gently smoked over beechwood chippings for 45 minutes. The process delivers a gentle pepper warmth and mouthwatering aroma, in harmony with the careful use of smoke. http://hughmaguirebutchers.com/

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Madagascar 75% Trinitario Cocoa & Pink Pepper – AKESSON’S ORGANIC

Added September 2nd, 2017
Akessons Organic Madagascar Trinitario Cocoa Pink Pepper

A deep cacao aroma and a slow melt that releases bright, fruity acidity are characteristics of Madagascan Trinitario chocolate, which combines effectively with pink peppercorns. http://www.akessons-organic.com/

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Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey – HEATHER HILLS FARM

Added September 2nd, 2017
Heather Hills Farm Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey

Great Taste judges were intrigued by the unique flavour and resinous, comb-like texture of this smooth and thick raw honey, described as having “complex, savoury notes”. http://www.heatherhills.co.uk/

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Elderflower Irish Cider – TEMPTED CIDER COMPANY

Added September 2nd, 2017
Tempted Cider Company Elderflower Irish Cider

Judges described this light, fruity, medium-sweet 4% ABV tipple as “proper cider”, with a good balance of distinct elderflower tones and delicate floral notes. http://temptedcider.com/

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Anvil Blend 1 – ANVIL COFFEE ROASTERS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Anvil Coffee Roasters Anvil Blend 1

Made from a blend of Ethiopia heirloom and Colombia Caturra Arabica varietals, both grown at high altitude, judges thought this espresso was stunning, unusual and pleasingly bright. It delivers a gentle, soothing coffee flavour that lingers in the mouth. https://www.anvilcoffee.co.uk/

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Honey With Roses – THETA FOODS CO

Added September 2nd, 2017
Theta Foods Honey with Roses

This stunning natural honey takes the palate on a “wonderful journey”, our judges said. Boasting a gorgeous copper colour, its brilliant rose and Greek Delight notes are extracted from petals of rare red roses grown on Greek mountains. http://thetafoods.com/

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Smoked Mackerel – MACNEIL’S SMOKEHOUSE

Added September 2nd, 2017
Macneils Smokehouse Smoked Mackerel

Coated in Macneil’s own-recipe pepper mix and smoked over beechwood in a vintage Norwegian smoker, this perfectly executed smoked fish is simple but spot-on: moist, juicy and sweet, with balanced salt and smokiness. http://www.macneilssmokehouse.co.uk/

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Sicilian Pistachio Gelato – FORTES ICE CREAM

Added September 2nd, 2017
Fortes Ice Cream Sicilian Pistachio Gelato

This authentic Sicilian pistachio gelato has a pure pistachio flavour and an intense nuttiness likened by our judges to “licking the inside of a pistachio shell”. The salt level provides a perfect balance to the natural sweetness. http://fortesgelato.co.uk/

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Handmade Tortelloni (Burrata e Black Truffle) – LA TUA PASTA

Added September 2nd, 2017
La Tua Pasta Handmade Tortelloni Burrata e Black Truffle

Great Taste judges heaped praise upon La Tua Pasta’s “beautifully simple” hand-shaped Tortelloni (Burrata e Black Truffle), dubbing them “perfect parcels of flavour”, with delicate, rich egg pasta, masterful use of truffle and a spot-on ratio of pasta to filling. http://www.latuapasta.com/

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Bodger’s Barley Wine – THE CHILTERN BREWERY

Added September 2nd, 2017
The Chiltern Brewery Bodgers Barley Wine

Hoppy, balanced and fruity on the palate, this bottle-conditioned, golden chestnut barley wine slipped down easily around the judging table. A cloud ale, suitable for vegans, it tastes less strong than it is and boasts a long-lasting caramel finish. https://chilternbrewery.co.uk/

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Seville Orange Marmalade – ARTISAN KITCHEN

Added September 2nd, 2017
Artisan Kitchen Seville Orange Marmalade

A classic, handmade old-style preserve, our judges described this as “the marmalade to bring marmalade back”. With a real zing, glossy appearance and a good balance of citrus, it covers a host of culinary possibilities in sweet and savoury dishes. http://theartisankitchen.co.uk/

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Seeded Crackers – GAIL’S ARTISAN BAKERY

Added September 2nd, 2017
Gails Artisan Bakery Seeded Crackers

GAIL’s light and well-balanced seeded crackers are baked in huge sheets and generously loaded with natural seeds that all bring something to the palate. With a tempting appearance and great snap, these buttermilk shards are perfect for dipping or eating on their own. https://gailsbread.co.uk/

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Wen Shan Bao Zhong (Pouchong) – CURIOUS TEA

Added September 2nd, 2017
Curious Tea Wen Shan Bao Zhong Pouchong London

Described by our judges as “astonishingly clean”, “refreshing” and “totally delicious”, this beautiful floral green oolong (pouchong) hails from the Wen Shan District of New Taipei City in Taiwan. With an almost buttery floral aroma, each sip offers creaminess without any hint of bitterness or tannic tang. http://www.curioustea.com/

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Simply Better French Epoisse Cheese AOC – DUNNES STORES

Added September 2nd, 2017
Dunnes Stores Simply Better French Epoisse Cheese AOC

“Balanced, smooth and velvety”, was how Great Taste judges summed up this full fat, cows’ milk washed-rind Epoisse. Washed with Marc de Bourgogne brandy, it has an “incredible flavour, marvellous aroma and fabulous complexity”. http://www.dunnesstores.com/

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Whey Butter – ISLE OF MAN CREAMERY

Added September 2nd, 2017
Isle of Man Creamery Whey Butter

Creamy, rich and perfectly salted, this is an expertly balanced butter, enjoyable on its own or as the perfect “cement between the bricks” in a sandwich. https://www.isleofmancreamery.com/

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Pumpkin Seed Oil – DONUM TERRAE

Added September 2nd, 2017

Warming, yet mild, this oil has a deep colour and wonderful nutty aroma. Viscous and glossy, it’s a refined product with praline notes and just the right level of toastiness. http://donumterrae.hu/

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Elderflower & Lime Ice Cream – HANDMADE BY HADLEYS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Handmade by Hadleys Elderflower Lime Ice Cream

“Zingy, fresh and balanced” was how Great Taste judges described this ice cream, which is made with fresh elderflower heads infused in a custard base along with freshly squeezed limes. Judges enjoyed the creamy texture and almost “refreshing sorbet” quality. http://www.handmadebyhadleys.co.uk/

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Smoked Salmon – BALLYHACK SMOKEHOUSE

Added September 2nd, 2017
Ballyhack Smokehouse Smoked Salmon

Ballyhack Smokehouse’s firm yet melt-in-the-mouth salmon is slowly smoked over beechwood chips in a 70-year-old smoker, giving it a tender, buttery and silky texture as well as a wonderful smokiness. http://ballyhacksmokehouse.com/

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Neapolitan Coffee Gelato – SWOON

Added September 2nd, 2017
Swoon Neapolitan Coffee Gelato

“Masterfully executed”, this knock-out gelato reminded judges of an affogato, the espresso-drowned ice cream dessert. Made by slowly churning gelato and adding shots of Neapolitan coffee, it offers a light and smooth mouthfeel for an authentic and grown-up treat. http://www.swoononaspoon.co.uk/

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Carato Gran Cru – AGRUMIA

Added September 2nd, 2017
Agrumia Carato Gran Cru

“Like a kiss from Aphrodite” was how one judge described this rich yet light, pure acacia honey, which is aged in Kurni wine barrels. Balanced notes of dried fruit and sour cherry make this an ideal accompaniment for many aged cheeses. https://www.agrumia.co.uk/

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Panama La Huella ‘Cafe de Panama’ (Natural) – DARK WOODS COFFEE

Added September 2nd, 2017
Dark Woods Coffee Panama La Huella Cafe De Panama Natural

Extremely earthy and complex, Panama La Huella ‘Cafe de Panama’ was dubbed “posh”, “fruity” and “clean” by the Great Taste judges. Hand selected at high altitude, the coffee cherries are naturally sun-dried and then artisan-roasted on a drum roaster. http://www.darkwoodscoffee.co.uk/

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Madagascar Bejofo Estate 75% Criollo Cocoa – AKESSON’S ORGANIC

Added September 2nd, 2017
Akessons Organic Madagascar Bejofo Estate Criollo Cocoa

Layered and complex, with strong fruity notes and flavours of red berry, peach and caramel, this organic chocolate bowled our judges over with its “divine texture, good snap and lovely melt”. http://www.akessons-organic.com/

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National Trust Sour Cherry Curd – THURSDAY COTTAGE

Added September 2nd, 2017
Thursday Cottage National Trust Sour Cherry Curd

A “phenomenal and seriously sexy” curd, this was a hit with our judges, who couldn’t get enough of its Cherry Drops aroma and Cherry Bakewell flavour. A punchy flavour, mouth-watering acidity and great texture suggests many uses, from slathering on scones to glazing a pork chop. Home

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Pink Grapefruit Sorbetto – GELATO GUSTO

Added September 2nd, 2017
Gelato Gusto Pink Grapefruit Sorbetto

Refreshing, tart and tangy, and not too sweet, the judges couldn’t find fault with this intense, yet light pink grapefruit sorbetto – calling it “very pretty” and “very grown-up”. http://gelatogusto.com/

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Gloucester Old Spot Dry Smoked Streaky Bacon (Rindless) – MARTINS MEATS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Martins Meats Gloucester Old Spot Dry Smoked Streaky Bacon Rindless

“The bard has been raised,” was one Great Taste judge’s comment after sampling this perfectly balanced rare-breed bacon. Dry aged on the bone for 10 days in a salt chamber, it’s then dry cured in a salt and sugar mix for a further 10 days before smoking over applewood chips. Welcome to Martin’s Meats

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Raffinée Piemonte Hazelnut Covered In Ground Ethiopian Harrar Coffee & Hazelnut Flavoured Milk Chocolate – CHOCOME

Added September 2nd, 2017
ChocoME Raffinee Piemonte hazelnut covered in ground ethiopian harrar coffee milk chocolate

“A sublime morsel of nutty joyfulness, enveloped in exquisite milk chocolate” was how Great Taste judges described this delicious milk chocolate dragée from Hungary’s chocoMe. With a good crunch and smooth coffee flavour, it is fabulously moreish. http://www.chocome.hu/

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Heather Honey – EULOGIA OF SPARTA

Added September 2nd, 2017
Eulogia of Sparta Heather Honey

Reminiscent of toffee spread and salted butter caramel, this raw heather honey has an amazing colour and texture with complex fennel, liquorice and leather notes that saw one Great Taste judge describe it as simple “divine”. https://eulogiaproducts.com/

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Ramon’s Raw Carob Honey – THE RAW HONEY SHOP

Added September 2nd, 2017
Ramon's Raw Carob Honey The Raw Honey Shop

A memorable and intriguing product with real complexity, this raw carob honey from the Pyrenees has multiple layers of flavour, with hints of ale and hops. Judges described the aroma of black treacle as “like an old wooden chest”. https://www.therawhoneyshop.com/

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Chian Tangerine Marzipan Bites – CITRUS PRODUCTIONS SA

Added September 2nd, 2017
Chian Tangerine Marzipan Bites CITRUS PRODUCTIONS

Fruity with full bursts of tangerine, these delicate, uniquely shaped marzipan bites were hailed as “an adult delight” by one Great Taste judge. Buttery yet refreshing with an enticing fragrance. http://citrus-chios.gr/

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Pomegranate Molasses – BELAZU

Added September 2nd, 2017
Belazu Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and sour on the nose and with a deep rich colour, this condiment is made in small batches from semi-sour and sour pomegranate varieties to create a treacle-rich molasses with a balance of sharp-and-zingy and sweet-and-caramel notes. https://www.belazu.com/

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Salted Caramel Fudge – CAKE ASPIRATIONS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Cake Aspirations Salted Caramel Fudge

Light and delicate with a salt crystal explosion on the palate, this fudge from Gloucestershire’s Cake Aspirations is buttery and slightly crumbly, with a lovely texture and just the right level of salt to balance the sweetness. http://cakeaspirations.co.uk/

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St Louis Dry Hopped Cider – SANDFORD ORCHARDS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Sandford Orchards St Louis Dry Hopped Cider

“Kerpow! This is a next-level cider and a great alternative to Champagne” was among the judges’ comments about this 5.5% ABV cider. Made with the juice of Devon cider apples and infused with Ella and Willamette hops, judges described it as perfectly balanced, bright, fruity and beautifully crisp. http://www.sandfordorchards.co.uk/

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Matured Goats’ Cheese – RIBBLESDALE CHEESE

Added September 2nd, 2017
Ribblesdale Cheese Matured Goats Cheese

With a sweet and grassy aroma, firm but crumbly texture and nutty flavours on the palate, this mature, natural-rind cheese had our judges going back for second helpings. The middle of the paste is clean, fresh and has a slightly caramelised milk flavour, while closer to the rind it becomes more “goaty” – but always […]

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Sunflower Seed Bread – INTER EUROPOL

Added September 2nd, 2017

A cracking artisanal loaf with a toasty crust and pleasing sourness, this open-textured bread delivers great mouthfeel with an added sourdough bite. http://www.intereuropol.pl/

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Pistachio Paste – THE NUT KITCHEN

Added September 2nd, 2017
The Nut Kitchen Pistachio Paste

Judges swooned over the “staggering complexity” of this paste, produced using 100% Sicilian pistachios. Boasting a wonderful olive-green colour, natural minerality, serious depty of flavour and real umami hit, it inspired numerous uses in sweet and savoury dishes, from ice cream toppings to rubbing on lamb or wood-fired scallops. http://www.thenutkitchen.com/

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Camomile – FLORA TEA GROUP

Added September 2nd, 2017
Flora Tea Camomile

Clean, pure and bright, this soothing, high quality herbal tea, made from handpicked dried camomile blossoms, boasts an uplifting colour, fantastic aroma and delightful flavour. http://www.floratea.co.uk/

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Blue Stilton – CROPWELL BISHOP CREAMERY

Added September 2nd, 2017
Cropwell Bishop Creamery Blue Stilton

Made from fresh Peak District milk, this Stilton has attractive veining and a fabulous paste. Aged for 12 weeks, it really packs a punch, with a rich, buttery and deepy savoury flavour, excellent acidity and a well-rounded, almost nutty finish. http://www.cropwellbishopstilton.co.uk/

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Red Ruby Beef Picanha Rump – PIPERS FARM

Added September 2nd, 2017
Pipers Farm Red Ruby Beef Picanha Rump

This Devon butcher’s Red Ruby picanha, otherwise known as a ‘rump cap’ or ‘fat-on rump’, delivers a delicious texture, pleasant gamey taste and sweetness and a perfect layer of fat. It also looks fabulous. http://pipersfarm.com/

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Summer Citrus Marmalade & Italian Orange Bitters – ARTISAN KITCHEN

Added September 2nd, 2017
Artisan Kitchen Summer Citrus Marmalade Italian Orange Bitters

A mix of sweet oranges, pink grapefruits, lemons, limes, finished with Aperol, provides a perfect balance between sweet and bitter and superb level of bite from the peel. A great way to start the day, spread generously on wholemeal toast. http://theartisankitchen.co.uk/

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Dry Yorkshire Gin – MASONS YORKSHIRE GIN

Added September 2nd, 2017
Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin

With citrus, juniper and a wealth of botanicals, Masons’ 42% dry Yorkshire gin has a “mind-blowing aroma, like a firework up the nose and an incredible mouthfeel”, according to our judges, making it “the perfect sipping gin” on the rocks. http://masonsyorkshiregin.com/

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Smoked Trout – INVERAWE SMOKEHOUSES

Added September 2nd, 2017
Inverawe Smokehouses Smoked Trout

Inverawe’s stand-out smoked trout is naturally oak-smoked over slow-burning, hand-tended open fires, giving it a silky, creamy mouthfeel and great flavour – a “really elegant piece of fish”, according to Great Taste judges. https://www.smokedsalmon.co.uk/

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Glenarm Salt-Aged Lamb Rump – HANNAN MEATS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Hannan Meats Glenarm Salt Aged Lamb Rump

Produced from lambs organically reared and finished for six weeks on clover fields, Hannan Meats’ outstanding salt-aged lamb rump is dry-aged for a minimum of 14 days, giving it a brilliant flavour and texture. http://www.hannanmeats.com/

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Coedcanlas Organic Welsh Blackcurrant Jam – COEDCANLAS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Coedcanlas Organic Welsh Blackcurrant Jam

Inspired by a Russian recipe, this “moreish, well set and jewel-like” jam captured the judges’ imagination with its high gloss, velvet appearance and rich aroma. Perfectly cooked blackcurrants give a great texture and intense, vibrant flavour as they pop in the mouth. https://coedcanlas.myshopify.com/

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Organic Mint – ANASSA ORGANICS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Anassa Organics Mint

A delicate infusion with a fresh, vibrant, deep mint flavour this Greek origin tea, from handpicked leaves, has a natural sweetness and a refreshing, authentic taste. http://www.anassaorganics.com/

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Southport Potted Shrimps – JAMES PEETS SOUTHPORT POTTED SHRIMPS

Added September 2nd, 2017
Southport Potted Shrimps James Peets Southport Potted Shrimps

From the west coast waters of northern England, these succulent shrimps are plump, sweet and delicately covered in spiced butter, which really allows the shrimps to shine. http://pottedshrimp.co.uk/

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Panama La Huella ‘Cafe de Panama’ 100% Gesha (Natural) – DARK WOODS COFFEE

Added September 2nd, 2017
Dark Woods Coffee Panama La Huella Cafe de Panama Gesha Natural

A deep nutty aroma is followed by a rich smooth chocolate flavour with citrus notes in a coffee with bold and intense flavour. There’s even an intriguing finish of “fennel and hay” to this 100% Gesha Arabica coffee, our judges said. http://www.darkwoodscoffee.co.uk/

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