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Lake District Tea Brand Scoops Up Four Awards

An exquisite tea brand based in Cleator Moor is celebrating after scouping up four awards from this year’s Great Taste Awards.

The GTAs 2020 were judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and renowned journalists,

As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours of blind tasting.

Y-tea of the Lake District have achieved four awards in total, being among only 10% of entrants by receiving two stars for Earl Grey with judges commenting: ‘The flavour is full-bodied with a delicate balance of bergamot, in complete balance with the mixed estate teas. This is a very clever blend, executed with excellent components.’ They also achieved a star for their blend of Breakfast Tea, one star for Chamomile Tea and finally, one star for Mixed Mint Tea.

Y-tea was formed in 2018 by founder Thomas Cheung when he started selling his tea at the Keswick Markets. With his great tea and great passion combined his business started to flourish, commenting on the awards Thomas said: “This is the first time we have entered our tea in the Great Taste Awards, and we are delighted that all of our entries have been accredited with 1 gold star or above! These awards are a great way to show the great care we take in sourcing and blending our tea.”

The Great Taste Awards are recognised as a stamp of excellence among both consumers and retailers, Great Taste values the taste of the product above anything else. All of the products are removed from their boxes before being tasted, ensuring nothing other than taste is what is being judged. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones, Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy recipients and the Great Taste 2020 Supreme Champion.

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