Great Taste, the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2016. Out of 10,000 products to be judged, Charrington’s in Kent was awarded a 2-star Great Taste award for its Captivating Cox single-variety apple juice “A very delicious fresh juice…bright, sweet, refreshing and well-balanced” and 1-star awards for both its Private Bin sparkling Estate Craft Cider “Ticks all the boxes…A nice light alternative to sparkling wine” and Ravishing Russet apple juice “A really pleasant drink…with an apple pie aroma”.
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have won not just one but three awards. We’re a small but growing company and our hope is that the Great Taste Stars will help us when speaking to potential new retailers. Naturally, we think our products are fantastic, as do our loyal customers, but winning awards will hopefully give confidence to those who haven’t discovered us yet the confidence that the experts tend to agree!” says Grant, on a quick break from cider-making.
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. All products are removed from their containers before being tasted and deciding which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 141 have been awarded a 3-star, 878 received a 2-star and 2,520 were awarded a 1-star accolade