Great Taste 2014 reveals new stars and Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse is a winner

The world’s largest blind-tasted food awards, Great Taste, has just released the stars of 2014 and Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse is amongst the producers celebrating as its Oak Smoked Salmon is now able to proudly carry the gold and black Great Taste logo.

Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, members of the Women’s Institute, farmers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a badge of honour but more importantly, the Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – and hundreds of judges have worked hard to discover the very best through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drink.

The Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse has been a consistent winner of Great Taste Awards since its foundation in 1998 and a total of 16 have been won by the three products, Oak Smoked Salmon, Hot Smoked Salmon with Honey & Thyme and Oak Roasted Flaky Salmon (the winner of no less than 31 in the last 16 years).

“We are delighted to see our Oak Smoked Salmon on the list of winners this year – it is a great boost for the whole team and a reward for another year of hard work,” explains Sales Manager, Fiona Macdonald.

“We use Loch Duart Salmon exclusively for our smoked products and this gives us a great taste advantage to begin with.”

Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging. Judges are presented with a spoonful of jam, a pie, a slice of salami, or a portion of smoked salmon, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a winner.

In total, more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.

The panel of supremely talented judges included Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, MasterChef 2013 Natalie Coleman, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets, and chefs including Michelin Star chef Russell Brown.