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Great Taste Awards 2020

  • 2 min read

We are pleased to announce that our wild foraged Lemon Thyme, naturally grown Red Amaranth (grown in Kent by Chegworth Valley), organic Lemon Verbena, and our organic Damask Rose Buds, have won Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food!

Here are a few snippets from the judges:

Lemon Thyme – 2 Stars

“Very herbaceous in the aroma. Really interesting flavour. Again, very herby as you’d expect from a thyme, with delicate citrus notes coming through. Underlying peppery notes that linger on the palate. This is a grown up tea, and a very good one at that.”

“A revelation. A fresh new way to enjoy citric flavours, this time with a discreet touch of green but none of the staleness that dried thyme can so easily give.”

Red Amaranth – 2 Stars

“A shockingly hot-pink colour, it looks great! Very light on the nose, subtle vegetal notes come through. Really interesting flavour. Earthy beetroot comes through, and carries a lingering sweetness that really works. Very smooth and drinkable. Visually this tea would stand out from the crowd, and it doesn’t disappoint in taste.”

“You have to like beetroot! We think this delicious. Congratulations on this innovation.”

“A glorious beetroot-juice pink, the link to the vegetable is there in the aroma. Earthy, rounded and sweet on the palate like long-baked beetroot, there’s also a dusty herbal note. A really welcome innovation.”

Damask Rose Buds – 1 Star

“The prime condition rosebuds brew to produce a delicate light yellow infusion, with good damask rose scent. The liquor is delicate but clearly true to its origins and has a very mild astringency to balance the mild sweetness of the rose flavour. This infusion is worthy of a star rating.”

“The dry rosebuds look beautiful, dried just right. In the cup the liquor is a lovely pale yellow with a hint of pink, very clear and bright. The nose on the wet buds is of a warming rose with hints of sweetness. The flavour  is lovely. A really nice, soft and subtle rose that is very enjoyable.”

Lemon Verbena – 1 Star

“A lovely pale yellow in the cup and a subtle aroma on the nose. Pleasant sweetness and gentle lemon on the palate. A good example of lemon verbena.”

“The dry ingredient has a floral and lemony smell, fresh and bright. The liquor brewed is pale lemon yellow in colour and has a lemon and herb aroma and is refreshingly tart in the mouth with hints of herbs and lemon. A delightful and delicious infusion worthy of star rating.”