Support small businesses this Christmas with these 10 Great Taste Award-winning products
Over 14 weeks of (virtual) judging, entries were sniffed, squeezed, pulled apart, swirled, sipped and nibbled. Here’s our pick of the best festive products to look out for this season – all of which received three stars in this years Great Taste Awards.
1 Free-range Norfolk black turkey
From: Morton’s Traditional Taste, Skeyton, Norfolk
What the judges said: “A first class piece of poultry” with a “generous amount of fat under the skin on the breasts, indicating a happy, healthy life”. Available from Mortons Farm (from £57.75 plus delivery).
2. Smoked mackerel fillet
From: Humes Quality Artisan Foods, Orkney, Scotland
What the judges said: Quite simply “one the best pieces of smoked fish that has ever passed this judging table”. Available from Humes Orkney (£4.50 for two fillets plus delivery).
3. Whole heritage cure Irish ham
From: James Whelan Butchers, Co Tipperary, Ireland
What the judges said: With its “irresistibly seductive smoky aroma”, this “sweet, succulent, juicy meat is a joy to eat”. Available from James Whelan Butchers (€49.99 (about £46) for 6.35kg plus delivery).
4. Sparkenhoe Shropshire blue
From: Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Company, Nuneaton
What the judges said: Made with raw milk, it has a “fantastic balance of creaminess, saltiness, sweetness and tang, with a caramel and earthy note”. Available from Neals Yard Dairy (£21 a kilo) delivery free on orders over £29.50.
5. Jamón De Bellota 100% Ibérico Pata Negra
From: Juan Pedro Domecq Solís SL (Spain)
What the judges said: “Salty, sweet and tender, with a complexity that almost defies description”, it’s “close to being the best food on the planet”. Available from Juan Pedro Domecq (€25 (about £23) for 80g plus delivery).
6. Orkney Akvavit
From: Orkney Gin Company
What the judges said: “Pure, clear and smooth as satin” and “intense, explosively flavoursome and bright in the mouth”. Available from Orkney Gin Company (£38 for 70cl with free delivery).
7. Heavenly sweet mince pies
From: Thomas the Baker, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
What the judges said: A “filling that leaves most mincemeats back in the dark ages.” Available from Thomas The Baker (£45 for 60 plus delivery or £4.50 for six at local stores).
8. Anno cranberry gin Christmas pudding
From: Bee & Bear Bakery, Battle, East SussexWhat the judges said: “Truly classy” and “indulgently moist” with “plump and boozy fruit”. Available from Bee & Bear Bakery (from £10 with free delivery).
9. Pink Gin Marmalade
From: The Artisan Kitchen, Gloucester
What the judges said: The pink grapefruit spread left them “feeling sorry for every other marmalade maker in the world”. Available from The Artisan Kitchen (£6.50 for 200ml plus delivery).
10. #nom Droitwich salted caramel
From: Salwarpe, Worcestershire What the judges said: Made using Droitwich brine salt, this caramel is “delicious”, “divine” and “glamorous”. Available from Droitwich Salt (£5 for 200ml plus delivery).