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2018 Great Taste Awards

The Cheshire Brewhouse is among the Great Taste Winners of 2018

Great Taste®, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2018. Out of over 12,600 products to be judged, The Cheshire Brewhouse Congleton Cheshire was awarded  1-star Great Taste awards for “Engine Vein” its copper Ale & “Lindow” Cheshire Stout, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour, 1 X 2-star Great Taste award, for Govinda Chevallier Edition which means judges dubbed it above and beyond delicious, and a very prestigious 3-star Great Taste award, for “Govinda Organic Plumage Archer Edition” which means the product was described by judges as extraordinarily tasty.

Govinda Organic Plumage Archer Edition 3 Stars

Table 2: An intense bitterness but still smooth, big flavoured but balanced, rounded and delicious. When you go back a second and third time and find new flavours like citrus it makes you remember why they brewed IPAs in the first place to withstand a sea crossing. In Calcutta they used to say, 'it has ripened.'
Table 8: Great clarity and carbonation. We loved the nose - peaches and cream - which carried through to the palate. We also loved the subtle complex flavours of red apple, peach and honey, and the huge bitter finish.

Govinda Chevallier Edition 2 Stars

Table 1: The stone fruit aromas come through well in the nose which one judge described as 'magnificent'. There is real fruitiness on the palate, as well as sweet malty depth. A rich, moreish, and well-balanced beer with a long finish.

Lindow 1 Star

Table 7: A deep, dark glass with a light nose. Subtle chocolate-y, coffee flavours. Some judges found a peaty smoke on the finish. We would like to see more depth of flavours to elevate this to a higher star award.

Engine Vein 1 Star

Table 2: Bold bright looking beer with a good head on it. Some faint stewed orange notes on the nose.
Fills the mouth with flavour from the front of the tongue to the back of the mouth. 
Well balanced hops with a subtle well observed spicy edge which judges find very pleasant. Interesting angle on a classic style, well executed. 

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restauranteurs, 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, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.        

Shane Swindells Head Brewer & Owner, explains: "receiving these 4 awards including a coveted 3-star award is just fantastic, I will cherish them along with our 2016 2-star award for our British Hopped lager “Dane’ish”. The Credibility a Great Taste award gives us is fantastic as they are blind-judged by experts and are truly only awarded to the best products entered into the awards. We will be celebrating our Awards at The Brewery Tap at: Unit 13, Daneside Business Park, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12-1UN 12:00-16:00 on Saturday the 11th August, with tasting samples available of the Winning Beers, all welcome."

The Great Taste award is 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. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

 There were 12,634 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 192 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,207 received a 2-star and 3,254 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; MasterChef 2018 champion, Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer, Elly Curshen, eco chef and food writer, Tom Hunt, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker Tom Herbert, author and blogger, Izy Hossack, and baker and recipe writer, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges and Sourced Market. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2018 Supreme Champion. 

Great Taste 2018 will reach its exciting finale on Sunday 2 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London to find out the Great Taste Golden Fork trophy winners for each region, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2018. 

For more information: contact Shane Swindells +44 (0) 7830304929 shane.swindells@cheshirebrewhouse.co.uk

What is Great Taste?

Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentor’s 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 134,000 products have been assessed. This year 12,634 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, food writers, influencers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.

Great Taste ratings

3-star: Extraordinarily tasty foods – less than 3% of products are awarded a 3-star each year – don’t

leave the shop without buying it!

2-star:  Above and beyond delicious – less than 10% of entries will achieve this rating

1-star: A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 25% of entries will achieve this rating each year.

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?

Each team of three to four judges blind-tastes around 25 products per session, 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. Food or drink that is deemed worthy of Great Taste stars is also tasted by a team of arbitrators, who taste, confer and agree on the final award given. If judges feel that a product needs some adjustment, and is therefore not likely to receive an award, the food or drink gets a second chance on a referral table, where another team blind-tastes and deliberates. For a Great Taste 3-star award, the vast majority in the room - which can be as many as 30-40 experts - must agree that the food or drink 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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