Great Taste Awards 2017

02 Aug

Great Taste organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’. Quite simply the Great Taste logo is the sign you can trust when buying food and drink in your local, quality retailer. Sadly the Welsh Government dumped our True Taste Awards so Great Taste is how many of our Welsh food and drink producers now try and get some recognition.

The highest award is 3 stars.

Three stars rates: Exquisite. Wow. Taste that.

Two stars rates: Outstanding.

One star rates: Simply delicious.

We are thrilled to its to have three of our Best Of Welsh & Border producers, BOW, get the 3 star award: Welsh Vension Centre, Monty’s Brewery and Miss Daisy’s Kitchen. Plus more of our BOW were successful in attaining one and two stars, a massive achievement in the face of such strong competition.

Here is a selection of our BOW Great Taste Award winners:


Product Description Rating Company Name
Rack of Welsh lamb from our own farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park 3 Welsh Venison Centre & Beacons Farm Shop
5.6% Full bodied oatmeal stout. Crafted to remove gluten to less than 20PPM. Certified by Coeliac UK. Bottle conditioned. 3 Monty’s Brewery Ltd
A spicy, dry carrot chutney that’s flavoured with Nigella seeds, Turmeric and Star Anise. Great with curries, poppadoms and cold meat platters. 3 Miss Daisy’s Kitchen
Wholemeal Spelt flour made from organic British grain. Stoneground with No additives and nothing taken away 2 Felin Talgarth Mill Ltd
This is made in small batches using the freshest brown crab from cardigan bay and is 100% brown and white crab meat with no additives. 2 Cardigan Bay Fish
Made in small batches using hand-picked fresh brown crab meat a delicious tasting (not too crabby). 2 Cardigan Bay Fish
Mild soured cream made with Welsh cream 2 Daffodil Foods Ltd.
At 5.2% ABV, this amber IPA has a twist of tangerine and citrus from US and New Zealand hops, balanced on a slightly sweet, malty body. 2 Purple Moose Brewery Ltd
Venison haunch steak cooked medium-rare, lean, low in fat, healthy from our own farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park. 2 Welsh Venison Centre & Beacons Farm Shop
100% juice cider made from single variety Yarlington Mill bittersweet apples, lightly sparkling, cold fermentation using winemakers yeast. 6.0% 2 Apple County Cider Co
Organic botanical gin. 2 Da Mhile Distillery
3.9% Alc. A chestnut coloured traditional style malty bitter. Bottle conditioned beer may have sediment. Pour gently 2 Monty’s Brewery Ltd
Raspberry preserve with crushed cardamom seeds 2 Radnor Preserves
5.0% abv. A complex red-hued IPA – Crystal and Rye malts provide the canvas for an array of US hops 2 Brecon Brewing
Raw milk washed-rind cheese. 2 Caws Teifi Cheese
Organic spread made with crunchy tigernuts, real coconut, roasted cashew nuts and sea salt. For toast, sandwiches or cooking. 1 Bim’s Kitchen
A sweet, savoury syrup made with Welsh Denbigh plums, baobab and a hint of cinnamon. For toast, ice cream, pancakes, fruit or baking 1 Bim’s Kitchen
A fiery, aromatic relish\stir-fry ingredient for seafood, meat & vegetables made with coconut, chillies and spices. 1 Bim’s Kitchen
A dark red chutney with pieces of crushed chillies and chopped tomatoes.Sweet apples blend with the spice for a chutney of medium heat. 1 Welsh Lady Preserves
Artisan gluten free hand made bread with a moist texture having sunflower and other seeds added giving a slight nutty taste 1 Welsh Gluten Free Bakery Products
Everything needed to make a delicious wholemeal loaf from flour milled at our water mill using locally grown wheat 1 Felin Talgarth Mill Ltd
Smooth mackerel pate made in small batches using fresh chives and spring onion,soft cheese great served on crackers. 1 Cardigan Bay Fish
A moist cake filled with tangy orange pieces and sweet honey to give a citrus burst to a traditional welsh cake 1 Tan Y Castell Foods Ltd
This 24 month old cheddar is made at a dairy on the Llyn Peninsula then matured 500ft underground in a slate mine – giving it great depth of flavour. 1 South Caernarfon Creameries
A smooth, soft luxury Fudge with mixed Nuts, Vine Fruits and Christmas Spices. 1 Sarah Bunton Chocolates
Chocolate Ice cream rippled with a peanut crunch paste and a chocolate & Hazelnut sauce 1 Forte’s Ice Cream
Goats’ cheese Ice cream with ginger snap biscuits rippled with Amarena cherries. 1 Forte’s Ice Cream
A traditional Italian style dairy ice cream, made using local organic Welsh dairy produce. 1 Conti’s Ice Cream
Salted Caramel flavour ice cream. A traditional Italian style dairy ice cream, made using local organic Welsh dairy produce. 1 Conti’s Ice Cream
Elderflower Ice Cream. Organic Elderflower cordial is added to traditional Italian style dairy ice cream base, made using local organic Welsh produce. 1 Conti’s Ice Cream
Crunchy honeycomb pieces and a caramel sauce are added to a traditional Italian style dairy ice cream, made using local organic Welsh dairy produce. 1 Conti’s Ice Cream
Strawberry Ice Cream. Frozen whole strawberries added to traditional Italian style dairy ice cream base, made using local organic Welsh dairy produce 1 Conti’s Ice Cream
Raspberry sorbet made using real fruit and organic sugar. 1 Conti’s Ice Cream
Bio-Live Natural Yogurt, using whole cow’s milk and Bio-Live Cultures Lactobasillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium with added blossom Honey. 1 Llaeth Y Llan Cyf (t/a Village Dairy)
A smooth, rich, chocolate and vanilla stout with a balanced subtle bitterness. Brewed to 4.5% ABV. 1 Purple Moose Brewery Ltd
Homemade Venison Faggots. Made from our own farmed, red deer within the Brecon Beacons national park. our own recipe. Handmade 1 Welsh Venison Centre & Beacons Farm Shop
100% juice cider made from single variety Michelin bittersweet apples, infused with pure fresh pressed rhubarb juice, lightly sparkling. 4.0% 1 Apple County Cider Co
Chunks of Pork and Chorizo balanced with a vegetable, chickpea, tomato, and cider based broth. 1 Blas ar Fwyd Cyf
A thick, fresh pea soup with coarsely cut home-cooked ham. 1 Blas ar Fwyd Cyf
A couverture chocolate brownie enhanced with molasses undertones, almost fudge like in texture. 1 Blas ar Fwyd Cyf
Banana Cake, filled with pieces of cranberries, dense and flavoursome. 1 Clam’s Handmade Cakes
4.2% Alc. Golden ale with subtle floral and citrus hop characteristic. Bottle conditioned beer may have sediment. Pour gently 1 Monty’s Brewery Ltd
Blackcurrant & Vanilla Preserve 1 Radnor Preserves
Welsh Pinot Noir Précoce 2015 12% Vol 1 White Castle vineyard
3.8% abv dry & bitter golden ale, single hopped with a classic British hop and brewed with our unique Brewer’s yeast 1 Mantle Brewery Limited
The only British organic milk drink of its kind, schools approved, nothing artificial & flavoured with only the best natural vanilla & organic cocoa. 1 Daioni Organic

Showing 1 to 46 of 46 entries


To see the full list of Welsh winners click here

Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors 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 110,000 products have been assessed. During 2016, 10,000 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.

How does it all work?

In 2017 over 500 judges, including specially trained food writers inputting judges’ comments, came together at 62 judging days from March through to early July. This year the Great Taste judging roadshow took a turn at the impressive Llandrillo College, north Wales, as guests of the Welsh Government. As ever we have judged at specialist test centres for tea, filter coffee and espresso with the remainder of the judging days at Guild HQ in Dorset and our new venue and permanent home close to Borough Market, London. The judges, from all corners of the food world, blind-taste in teams of 3 or 4 ensuring we get a balance of expertise, age and gender..

What should buyers look for?

The logo. This 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.

I can only congratulate all our BOW winners – this is proof if further proof were needed that Wales has superb food and drink producers.


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  1. foodie2

    August 2, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners! I know how hard these guys work, and how much care goes into producing this wonderful range of foods. Thank you for doing the long nights, the worry over income, the endless paperwork and the perseverance to bring us such quality products.

  2. admin

    August 3, 2017 at 8:31 am

    It takes another producer to understand just how tough this life is.
    To win National recognition does help.
    I hope all our Welsh winners make the most of their wins and get their promotion and marketing sorted swiftly – it’s too good and opportunity to miss out on.
    I feel like a proud parent at sports day!!!!!!!

  3. Jo

    August 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This is superb
    hope wag food promote these winners as much as you have.
    You’ve even done social media………well done

  4. BOW

    August 4, 2017 at 11:01 am

    So pleased for all of you.

  5. trader

    August 9, 2017 at 8:14 am

    what a good show of Welsh producers, I think it’s dreadful that wag dumped true taste without talking to producers……….but guess we don’t matter – well done wag

  6. bow

    August 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    3 three star winners and they are all advertisers in Welsh Country – Kath how did you manage that? Were you judging?

  7. Bren

    August 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    good news for Wales just need all these companies to milk this for all it’s worth.

  8. admin

    August 11, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Agreed but Welsh Country has done its bit!!!

  9. admin

    August 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Welsh Country magazine have some brilliant food and drink producers.
    I wasn’t judging this year. I was asked last year and declined the invite as I was under the impression that it was chefs and food buyers.
    I didn’t think I qualified as a professional to judge.
    Plus it’s supposed to be blind tasting…………………………

  10. bow

    August 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Makes me proud to be Welsh with all these winners

  11. Kim

    August 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Great results I’m still miffed that wag food so fit to dump our true taste without even a discussion with us producers.
    hope all winners make the most of this success.

  12. admin

    August 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

    We’ve no come back on True Taste – it’s dead and buried
    it didn’t work as well as it should have in my opinion. Even though it followed the format of Great Taste, we still couldn’t get it right – but at least it was for Wales.
    If the winners don’t make the most of it they have only themselves to blame. PR & Marketing are important and no more so than in food and drink.

  13. Hunny

    August 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    This list is impressive.
    Good of you to take the time and put it on your blog.

  14. 2

    August 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    It’s vital these winners get marketing and making the most of it now

  15. admin

    August 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    here to help……………………..

  16. Tam

    August 16, 2017 at 11:27 am

    great results
    pity no True Taste

  17. bow

    August 17, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Some great companies here
    use the wins well and make the most of it

  18. Sandie

    August 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    well done good news for once

  19. bow

    August 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    winners need to make the most of these wins otherwise why bother?

  20. Sam

    August 22, 2017 at 9:34 am

    amazing results guys well done

  21. Charlie

    August 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    What a good show for Wales
    sad True Taste was dumped by wag.

  22. bow

    August 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

    well done
    now get your marketing working well

  23. Tom

    August 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Impressed with these winners